December in New York sees the return of beloved holiday traditions: the lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree, the precision of the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Met’s Neapolitan Baroque Crèche…and the newest batch of shoe ornaments from The Met Store. Carefully modeled after stylish, surprising, and simply fabulous originals in the holdings of the Museum’s Costume Institute, this festive footwear makes an ideal addition to any fashion-forward tree.
This bow-accented bauble replicates one of a pair of elegant kidskin pumps with cloth bows in The Met collection, originally designed in 1906 by J. Ferry of Paris for a wealthy American client. Found in near-perfect condition, these high-quality shoes in vivid red were intended for dressy day wear.
This eye-catching ornament looks to a stylish leather and plastic shoe designed in 1942 by Seymour Troy Originals, a New York City manufacturer. Featuring a blunt toe box and stacked square heel, the two-toned shoe combines two popular 1940s styles—the slingback and the two-tone spectator. And a pop of blue is so much icing on the sole.
A colorful accent for any tree, this collectible version takes after a pair designed by Katharina Denziger for Herbert Levine. Made of clear, colored, and mirrored vinyl and trimmed with molded plastic to resemble a race car, the original shoes feature bright colors that bespeak the Pop Art and Space Age aesthetics of the 1960s.
A disposable skin has never looked so chic. Our bright yellow ornament replicates a pair of leather pumps produced in France for Isabel Canovas (born 1945), for her spring/summer 1989 collection. These surreal and fanciful “banana” shoes exemplify the designer’s witty yet luxurious jewelry and accessories.