Fashion historians and fans alike often contextualize the brilliant, groundbreaking career of Salvatore Ferragamo in relationship to the myth of Cinderella, but Ferragamo’s impact on the footwear industry has less to do with a fairytale and more to do with the obsession that characterizes many great artists. “But his life cannot be explained only in terms of his talent and his creativity,” Ferragamo’s wife, Wanda, writes in Walking Dreams: Salvatore Ferragamo, 1898-1960: “…many were the forces that spurred him on: the perfectionism of the artisan, who refuses to accept less than a job well done; the passion for his trade, a dedication that transformed a craft into an art, however humble the work; and his foresight.”

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