We all know the famous Salvatore Ferragamo gros-grain bow shoe with a metal plaque bearing Ferragamo’s name. I know it’s not new but I thought I’d introduce some classics to the Shoe Wednesdays mix, with a little bit of history behind some of the designs.

The ballet flat “Varina” is only three years old, but its heeled counterpart “Vara” dates all the way back to 1978. It was designed eighteen years after Salvatore Ferragamo’s death by his daughter Fiamma. Although the company had many famous heeled designs due to its prolific and Hollywood-adored founder Salvatore, they wanted to introduce a “sporty and elegant” pump to fit the busy lifestyle of the modern woman.

The first prototype was given a small oval decoration and a bow improvised out of a strip of gros-grain from the atelier. The bow was meant to be leather but the modeller misunderstood and made it with the same gros-grain fabric as the prototype. A happy accident! 
Do you have a pair? Which colour? Flats or pumps?
$375 for Varas and $395 for Varinas at Holt Renfrew. Also available online at ferragamo.com.