Countess Nina de Hamong bought these hand-made bespoke evening shoes from Ignazio Plucino who had a shop at 83, Walton Street, Chelsea in about 1927. Ignazio Pluchino came to England from Sicily in about 1900. His son John, who was born in 1910, eventually took over the business until it was sold in 1955. The family lived over the shop. Each pair of shoes was hand made to fit the client, who had a personal last made from which the shoemaker could work. It took three days, working long hours, to make one pair of shoes. Ignazio and his son made most of the shoes but occasionally they took on extra workers, who were always Italian. The uppers of the shoes are covered with crimson silk and gold lam brocade with silver leather applied to the front of the vamp and along the top edge of the quarters, extending into a strap across the instep. The shoes have Louis heels made of layers of leather covered with pearl-coloured lacquer. They are diamant and decorated with tiny gold beads set in a geometric pattern radiating from a bronze-coloured plaque at the centre back of the heel. The pattern is contained within a green diamant border that is also set with gold beads. The insole is stamped in gold, 'HIGH CLASS SHOEMAKER / I. Pluchino / 83, WALTON ST. / LONDON, SW3'.
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length, heel to toe: 216mm width of sole: 73mm height: 125mm height, heel only: 68mm
Pluchino, I.
© By kind permission of Michael Pluchino, grandson of I Pluchino
Object Material:
leather; silk; metal; linen; enamel

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