International Museum of Footwear (Vigevano, Italy)


The Shoe Museum ”Pietro Bertolini” in Vigevano is the first public institution in Italy, dedicated to the history and evolution of the shoe.Located in the charming home of the Castello Sforzesco, its mission is to deliver, through the narration of the product, both the history and economy of Vigevano, that the evolution of the shoe an international agreement in the value of the object of design and fashion.

The shoemaking tradition Vigevano is ancient, as evidenced by a municipal statute dating back to 1392.
They were born in Vigevano, the first shoe factory in industrial design in 1866, the first Italian manufacturer of machines for footwear in 1901, and the first tennis shoes made of rubber ’20s.
The international fame of the capital of the shoe, however, dates back to the ’50s / ’60s, when there were more than 21 million pairs produced annually, most of which are for export. And ‘context at that golden birth of the museum, wanted by the historian Louis Barni and named after its chief advocate, entrepreneur Pietro Bertolini.


Today reorganized with a modern and dynamic criterion that allows various interpretations, is composed of four rooms plus a gallery hosting an exhibition of about 400 shoes, on a total asset of more than 3000 pieces.


The Museum footwear from around the world and representing the evolution in different historical periods. The exhibition is divided into 4 rooms and a gallery, which displays collections also from donations and loans to companies and designers in the industry, such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Andrea Pfister, the Vigevano Armando Pollini, who is also the curator museum, Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and many others.


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