Salvatore Ferragamo’s Refracted heels, designed by creative director Paul Andrew, celebrate diversity, individuality, and beauty in randomness
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It's been long said that fashion is a reflection of the human condition — the nuances of our lives and the lives that surround ours. This concept, creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, and documented shoe aficionado, Paul Andrew took to heart this fall/winter season.
Gilding the Flower heel iconified by the late great Signore Ferragamo, which was itself based on the revolutionary 1939 Column heel he crafted, Andrew "wanted to propose a reflection of the world around us in 2019." He said, "The heel is designed to showcase the beauty of irregularity and variousness — a core element of the Patchwork of Characters philosophy that has been guiding our design team for several seasons now — by allowing for the play of light and surface in apparently random manner. Every time you look at a Refracted heel, it will appear different. This is not its flaw, but its power."
The Refracted shoe come in three heel heights (1cm, 5,5cm, and 8cm), all constructed from a highly durable yet ultralight plastic, coated with a high-tensile galvanized metallic shell. Because the heels are carved with irregular triangular facets, the light which they bounce is unpredictable — and as such, unpredictably beautiful.
Available in various colourways across five styles in nappa, suede, patent leather and silk satin with crystal embroideries.
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