Friday, July 12, 2013
Beth Levine - The first Lady of American Shoes Design
Beth Levine (1914 - 2006) is considered one of the most influential footwear designers of the 20th century. Frequently referred to as "The first Lady of American Shoes Design" she designed under the Herbert Levine label , (a company she co-owned with her husband). Levine is credited with re-introducing boots into women's fashion in the 1960s; and popularizing mules as a singing shoe style for the age. Nancy Sinatra wore Levine boots in publicity shots for the 1960s hit song These Boots Are Made for Walking'. Levine had elfin feet (size 4) and frequently modelled her own designs. Part of her commercial success was she created shoes that made women with average shoe sizes look more delicate and feminine in their shoes. In 1965, the Herbert Levine label released the “racing car shoe,” constructed of clear, colored and mirrored vinyl, pieced together to resemble a miniature race car.