Salvatore Ferragamo (5 June 1898 7 August 1960) was an Italian shoe designer. He worked with many Hollywood stars in the 1920s, before returning to Italy to found the eponymous company making unique handmade footwear. His scientific and inventive approach to shoes spawned many innovations such because the wedge heel and cage heel. Film stars and celebrities continue to patronize his company, which has evolved right into a luxury goods empire spanning the world.
Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, near Avellino, the eleventh of 14 children. After making his first pair of shoes at age nine, for his sisters to wear at their confirmation, young Salvatore decided that he had found his calling.