Delman Shoes Get Their Due

Delman might play second fiddle to its Parisian counterpart Repetto in the ballet flat department, but we've always had a soft spot for the label's cl
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Delman might play second fiddle to its Parisian counterpart Repetto in the ballet flat department, but we've always had a soft spot for the label's cl
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Delman might play second fiddle to its Parisian counterpart Repetto in the ballet flat department, but we've always had a soft spot for the label's classic construction and oh-so-sweet styling. Apparently, Valerie Steele and co. over at F.I.T. agree. They've curated an entire exhibit dedicated to the 90-year-old shoemaker. "Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes" will be on display March 9 through April 4, 2010, featuring shoes from 1926 to 2007. Sure, there are some must-see styles in there, but what's really interesting about founder Herman Delman's shoes is that he hired some heavy hitting designers to realize them. The 50-pair collection includes shoes created by the likes of Roger Vivier and Herbert Levine. While the shoes are certainly the main attraction--white leather Mary Janes circa 1965, anyone?--our inner fashion history geek is psyched about the period examples of print advertisements, newsreel footage and illustrated patents that will also be included.