The Passing of “America’s First Lady of Shoe Design”


Sad news in the world of fashion design today. Beth Levine, one of, if not the, first famous shoe designer, passed away this weekend at her home in New York. Here’s the story from UPI:

Levine designed under the Herbert Levine label for 30 years, turning out such classics as the vinyl Go-Go boot that symbolized the 1960s, and elegant designs worn by first ladies Jacqueline Kennedy, Patricia Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson.

The New York Times said Saturday Levine’s designs were once featured in an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, although her greatest claim to fame might be designing the white, spike-heel boots immortalized in Nancy Sinatra’s 1960s hit “The Boots Are Made for Walking.”