Perfect for evening wear or an edgy pick for day, these deadstock vintage late 1950s pearlized blue leather stiletto heels were designed by Joseph LaRose and made by Andrew Geller. They feature winklepicker toes and are piped in kelly green and rimmed with a band of navy faille. Lined in white leather with white suede around the heel, they have leather soles.
One shoe is embossed "Andrew Geller" and the other "La Rose". Joseph LaRose was a renowned designer and retailer of high-end, highly decorative shoes (and matching handbags) who opened his first Jacksonville, Florida store in 1949 and had his first major success with an ankle-strapped flat called the "Yippy Skippy". At the peak of his popularity (in the 60s and early 70s), he sold shoes to celebrities like Joan Crawford and Jayne Mansfield, who died wearing a pair of his boots. He worked with various manufacturers on his coveted designs, and not only did he never offer sales on his merchandise (claiming his shoes were too beautiful to discount), but he refused to sell a shoe to a customer he felt the design suited poorly.
Andrew Geller got his start as a shoe retailer in 1903 and began making his own shoes in 1918; at the time of his death in 1961, his high fashion footwear company was the largest independent US manufacturer of shoes, with 4 US factories as well as one in Florence Italy. A philanthropist, Geller was a founder of both the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Brandeis University. The family-run company switched, in 1971, from retail and manufacturing to wholesale importing of shoes. Andy Warhol drew many ads for the company (now in the collection of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh).
Marked a size 8 ½ narrow, the shoe measures 10" long from toe to heel inside the shoe and 2 5/8" across the tread. Excellent, unworn condition.
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Item ID: aub51
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