"Ideas I snatch from the air - ideas that aren't there yet. But that's the exhilarating gamble - the pain, but also the pleasure and the fun of it"
There are times when I truthfully do not have the courage to wear open toe shoes with unpainted toes during the sunny summer months. I don't want to wear pointed heels, tennis shoes or flats. I just want a good 'ol pair of fashionable boots.
Thank you Beth Levine! For one: Popularizing the concept of fashionable boots in the United States during the 1960's; and two: Thinking beyond the norm to originally design shoes that inspired present-day female and male designers. As winner of 2 COTY American Fashion Critic's Awards and more, Beth created the first zipper-less knee high boot (the Female Boot), the first backless shoe using elastic to prop the arch (Ballin' the Jack), the first single soled daytime shoe (Bead Edge), and more.
Born to Lithuanian parents in 1914, Beth grew up with a strong Jewish identity speaking Yiddish on the family farm in Patchogue, Long Island. As a family of 7, they maintained a sustainable lifestyle by sewing their clothes and renting out a portion of their home to others. These formative years had an influence on Beth's design and business philosophy.
As a curious shoe enthusiast fascinated by design and creator, I wanted to understand the multifaceted Beth Levine, then paint a picture of her life through my own eyes. One word came to mind: Visionary. Her expressive personality combined with her ingenuity enabled her to build lasting relationships and leave unforgettable impressions on whomever crossed her path. Her list of notable clients included Nancy Sinatra, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Patricia Nixon, Jacqueline Kennedy and more.
1948 - 1979