Project: Beth Levine

Trend: Fashion History-Beth Levine

Over the weekend I went to a fabulous museum exhibit on shoes. The focus was on a shoe designer I had never heard of named Beth Levine. She was a very talented American designer based in New York City and also, a pretty cool lady.

Beth and her husband, Herbert, formed their own shoe business. Even though Beth was the designer the company was named, “Herbert Levine.” They used a man’s name in order to avoid the chauvinistic attitudes towards women working in the shoe business during the 1940s-1970s.

She and her husband Herbert designed shoes for Broadway Theater, Celebrities, Couture and for Department Stores. (Just a little name-dropping these include: Barbara Streisand, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Liza Minnelli, also, Harrod’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus…. you get the idea!)

Great Shoe Accomplishments!

She is best known for creating mules and for the popularization of boots in the 1960’s. With the combination of Beth’s innovative designs and Nancy Sinatra’s song “These Boots Were Made for Walkin” Herbert Levine soon became a household name.

I really enjoyed her work and her story, so I bought the book describing everything! Below are a couple of my favorite pages, quotes, and of course shoes. Hope you enjoy perusing and maybe learn something new! 🙂

Beth Levine

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50 Responses to Project: Beth Levine

  1. The Girl says:

    They look pretty cool! Never heard of her before either, so thanks for the share!

  2. Love her mantra – it’s so true. The shoes are gorgeous!

    xx Yasmin

  3. Jeanne says:

    Lovely inspo! Thanks for sharing!;)

  4. Summer Daisy says:

    Sounds like a wonderful lady ♥

  5. I actually haven’t heard of her however these shoes are fab!

  6. Lily Rose says:

    I’m kinda jealous that you got to meet her and talk to her and got a cool book! I’m obsessed with shoes, and these seem to be really fabulous designs! ❤


  7. asallows says:

    What a beautiful book and her shoes look incredible! so many bright colours!

  8. Shauna841505 says:

    Oh what a good pair of shoes can do for a woman!

  9. Jenny says:

    Great pictures, looks really interesting x
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  10. LENPARENT says:

    This is amazing fall selection!!! Love this post!

  11. these shoes look so beautiful 🙂 thanks for showing them to us ❤

  12. Naeun says:

    This is so interesting! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I had no idea about the meaning behind the name – how things have changed! xx

  13. I actually hadn’t heard about her yet but this does sound like such an interesting book

  14. selinasinspiration says:

    I’ve never heard of her before but seems like her collection is very colorful! I love it!
    The quote is so true♥
    Selina | Selinas Inspiration

  15. So many pretty shoes! 🙂 xx

  16. Pink Wings says:

    Looks awesome! Thanks for the share!

    Pink Wings

  17. Quinn says:

    I have never heard of Beth, but I love this! Seriously so unique


  18. I haven’t heard of it until now. Thanks for introducing 🙂

    Have a nice day!


  19. Gabrielle says:

    Any book that focusses on shoes makes for one very, very enjoyable read! I used to have a little book showing how shoe trends have evolved through the ages and now I’m wishing I hadn’t misplaced it! Thanks for sharing these hints into the book 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  20. Thanks for sharing with us this piece of history! She was very talented!
    Best wishes from ❤

  21. herbertyang says:

    Thanks for sharing this interesting piece of history! Good work

  22. Holly says:

    Appreciate you bblogging this

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