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July 3, 2017

Albenga (Italy) Slingshot Museum

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From Atlas Obscura:

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The Slingshot Museum, which is really an artists collective, is easy to pass by without noticing, but hard to pass on once one does.

A step inside reveals the curator himself, La Cantina degli Artisti (below),

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who, although he speaks no language other than Italian, is able to express the passion he has for his work to anyone who stops by.

The hundreds and hundreds of slingshots on display are part of a symbolic prize awarded to "those who in life have pulled metaphorical slings in favor of the weak and marginalized, those who fight against the abuses and hypocrisy."

The first Slingshot Prize of Wood was awarded in 2007 to Antonio Ricci, the creator of "Striscia la Notizia," a political satire show.

La Cantina degli Artisti annually gives out a slingshot from his collection to the winner.

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Ferragamo F Wedge: Suddenly it's 1947 again

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From FootwearNews:

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When those suede and velvet shoe boots with their lacquered gold heels floated down Salvatore Ferragamo's fall 2017 runway, they created a real frisson.

Yes, those — the ones that practically didn't have any heel at all.

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For the contemporary audience, their resonance was immediate thanks to their bold deco silhouette; however, for the footwear historian, they had a deeper significance.

They were an inspired reinterpretation of an original Salvatore Ferragamo creation from 1947 as reimagined by Ferragamo's new footwear designer, Paul Andrew.

The F Heel was originally designed for a sandal patented in 1947.

Ferragamo legend has it that the silhouette, like that of a ship's stern, was inspired by the liner on which Salvatore had sailed home to Italy from America some 20 years earlier.

The design won him the Neiman Marcus award for style in Dallas — an honor equivalent to a CFDA award today.

"It's the most incredible construction; when you wear it; it's basically like you're walking on air," Andrew said. "Ferragamo's whole idea was about fusing amazing state-of-the-art technology with craftsmanship," he continued, explaining that his own interpretation involved lacquering his heels in a car factory and uses a crimping machine to shape the leather without the addition of a seam.

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The process has to be repeated 11 times and takes three days to complete.

The body of the Salvatore Ferragamo original was made of transparent plastic — hence its name, the Invisible sandal.

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Below, the 1947 patent.

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