An annual tradition for more than 20 years, our miniature collectible shoe ornaments express the elegance and flair of actual shoes in The Costume Institute at The Met. Celebrate the season—stylishly—by stocking up on these super-chic adornments, a must for any fashionable tree.
Pretty in Pink
This vivid holiday adornment celebrates a high-heeled shoe in The Met collection. The original shoe was produced in France about 1980–82 by Maud Frizon (French, born 1942), who was noted for her dramatic footwear. Its insouciant design in pale pink leather is enhanced with large black polka dots, projecting the bold and graphic aesthetic of the 1980s.
Pump It Up
In bold red, this ornament interprets a sassy Italian leather shoe from 1956, from the fascinating collection of Charlotte Osgood, former director of the Kid Leather Guild trade organization. The shoe’s sleek lines, low toe cleavage, and steel stiletto shank express the inventiveness of Italian shoemakers of the 1950s.
Cute enough to pit, this collectible shoe ornament recalls a fanciful feline design in The Met collection. The original leather shoe was made in France in the late 1980s by Tokio Kumagaï (Japanese, 1948–1987), who began hand-painting shoes in 1979 and opened a Paris boutique in 1980. Kumagaï approached the shoe as a Surrealist canvas; his whimsical designs frequently included faces.
Stacked in Favor
This colorful ornament is adapted from a platform sandal in The Met collection designed in 1938 by Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898–1960), and recently seen in the Costume Institute exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion. The sandal’s exuberant rainbow sole celebrates timeless style with panache.