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Pair of wooden sandals with striped silk (pink, black, lavender, purple) straps at toe and ankle; open toe; buckle closure at ankle; oak c-scroll shaped heel is 5" high.
Walk Right In 11/98-3/99 Sandals became popular summer wear for women in the 1930s. The influence of Hollywood movies is credited with advancing the open-toe sandal form. Costume historians refer to the dsitintive heel on this pair of sandals as a "comma heel." Shoe box was in exhibit "Boxes: Open and Shut" at SPNEA's One Bowdoin Square Gallery May 15, 2001 to October 2001. The exhibit then traveled to Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA where objects were on display from November 2001 to May 6, 2002.
Beginning in the 1930s, designers were looking west to California for new styles. The influence of Hollywood movies is credited with popularizing open-toe sandals. The daugher of the owner of this pair called them her mother's Carmen Miranda shoes after the flamboyant Hollywood actress.
"FRANK MORE / SHOES" (printed)
"Charles Sumner/ SIXTEEN NEWBURY STREET/ BOSTON" (printed)
"Carmen/ Miranda/ Shoes/ striped silk/ wooden heels" (handwritten)
Charles Sumner Shoes (Vendor)
Gift of Sara G. Withington
Massachusetts (United States)