Salvatore Ferragamo presents Refracted, the new brand signature shoe that has been designed by Creative Director Paul Andrew as the evolution of the Flower Heel from 2017. The collection of the Fall/Winter 2019 shoes is characterized by an innovative heel shape that reflects the rich diversity of the world we live in today. Salvatore Ferragamo has revealed the inaugural five shoe styles each featuring the Refracted heel.
The Refracted motif is inspired by the diverse and ever-shifting world around us. The innovative heel shape comes in three heights (1cm, 5,5cm, 8cm). It is made from a highly durable yet ultralight plastic and is covered with a high-tensile galvanized metallic shell. The heel’s shape is a laser-carved topography of irregular triangular facets. Together with that metallic finish the facets create an interaction with the shoe and the world around it through refractions of light.
The Refracted follows the Flower heel, which was itself based on the revolutionary 1939 Column heel designed by Salvatore Ferragamo. With this design I wanted to propose a reflection of the world around us in 2019. The heel is designed to showcase the beauty of irregularity and variousness – a core element of the Patchwork of Characters philosophy that has been guiding our design team for several seasons now – by allowing for the play of light and surface in apparently random manner. Every time you look at a Refracted heel it will appear different. This is not its flaw, but its power. – Paul Andrew, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Creative Director
The first collection of Refracted shoes is offered in five styles and a wide range of colorways and fabrications – nappa, suede, patent leather, silk satin with crystal embroideries. The new design will become foundation of an increasingly rich and various selection of footwear featuring this bold new signature heel.