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Salvatore Ferragamo brings The Art of Shoemaking to Singapore
by Chrystal Chan

If you've ever been baffled about the price of a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, a visit to the brand's The Art of Shoemaking exhibition at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands will enlighten you for once and for all.

From today until Thursday, May 2, get a first-hand look at how Ferragamo shoes are made from scratch by an expert craftsman flown in from Florence, Italy.

See the step-by-step process, from the use of vegetable glue to adhere leather lining to the shoe upper to the fitting of the sole onto the shoe lasts (the mould of the shoe) with the help of tiny nails and to the final flourish of the Varina bow onto the toe cap.

At the media preview earlier today, we were awed at the work that goes into the creation of just one side of a shoe, we were told that it takes approximately one day to make a pair - such is the dedication to perfection that the Ferragamo craftsmen have.

You could see that making a pair of shoes by hand is no easy task, plenty of finesse and years of experience is needed to churn out an entire shoe because there's no templated way of crafting a shoe, it all boils down to a practiced touch.

Aside from seeing how each pair is built, you will also be privy to a few secrets about Ferragamo shoes that will let you see them in a brand new light.

And that's something you can't discover anywhere else.

Salvatore Ferragamo's The Art of Shoemaking exhibition will take place from April 29 to May 2, with three shoe-making sessions per day, at 12.30 to 2.30pm, 3.30 to 5.30pm and 6.30 to 8.30pm.

The Art of Shoemaking exhibition is located outside the Salvatore Ferragamo store at 01-45, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

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