The Italian Pietro Yantorney is considered to be one of the first known shoe designers in the modern sense. Shoemakers had been designing shoes for centuries but most early shoemakers were anonymous. By the end of the 19th century individual names were becoming prominent, including François Pinet and André Perugia.
These particular shoes made from red Genoese velvet with gold floral embroidery and a diamante buckle were worn by interiors designer Nancy Lancaster in the early 1920s. They still have the original cherry wood shoe trees inside them.