Created in the 1950s, these John Marino & Lido Last platform shoes are one of the significant fashion statements of their era. These psychedelic shoes combine green, violet, magenta, orange, yellow, tan, and rose and fit a size 35 (2.5 UK; 51⁄2 US) foot. Each pair of shoes raises the owner`s height by about 11 cm (about 41⁄4 inches). One shoe itself is about 171⁄2cm (about 7in) long and about 71⁄2cm (about 3in) wide at the widest part of the shoe.
These colorful, stylish, platform shoes are a contrast to the sophisticated stiletto shoes of the 1950s. By the 1960s tyles were more free spirited and youthful. Mass production made shoes less expensive and more versatile; therefore, people could own many pairs of shoes. Compared other shoes of this era, this pair incorporates a wider variety of colors.
This pair of footwear has artistic and aesthetic value. Considering its looks, it is probably not a pair of shoes that a woman would pick up if you she wasn’t looking to express herself through her clothing, but also it looks like the creator (or artist in this case) poured his or her heart and soul into their craft to create these masterpieces of color and passion.
Artifact GR (2012 – 2013) Artifact GR was a project which invited members of the community into the archives of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and asked them to write about their experiences. The resulting submissions were cataloged in an interactive website (www.artifactgr.org) and in a published book (http://www.blurb.com/b/4400444-the-artifact-projectsoftcover).