Shoes, about 1965


This was a style Mrs. Firestone favored in the 1960s. We have several examples of it covered in other materials. This pair was stored on a wooden shoe tree. Two swatches of fabric are taped to the tree: one matching the shoes, the other a floral print which was likely the fabric of a coordinating dress. Mrs. Firestone had most of her shoes custom made to match specific dresses or outfits. Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1897 Elizabeth Parke married Harvey S. Firestone Jr., son of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founder Harvey S. Firestone, in 1921.Once described by a friend as, "the most luxurious woman in the history of luxury," Elizabeth Parke Firestone's clothing collection illustrates her impeccable taste in fashion.

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