Discover shoe designs by Andy Warhol

We love this portfolio of vibrant shoe designs by pop art's most renowned artist

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Before Andy Warhol became a leading light in the pop art movement and synonymous with images of Marilyn Monroe recoloured in neon shades, he was a commercial illustrator for fashion magazines with a particular expertise drawing shoes.

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In 1955, Warhol was made the only illustrator for the advertising campaigns of I.Miller, a New York shoe manufacturer favoured by actors and dancers. Each week Warhol had to create designs for advertisements in The New York Times and shoes became something of a signature piece.

On 22nd March 2016 a complete portfolio of Warhol’s shoe designs titled À la recherche du shoe perdu was sold at Sotheby’s. A dream buy for fashionistas, it included 18 unique prints.

Each print was hand-coloured, often by Warhol and his friends when they got together for ‘colouring parties’, and had a witty caption written by the American poet Ralph Pomeroy and inspired by references to pop culture. ‘Dial M for Shoe’ pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock while the title of the portfolio itself plays on Marcel Proust’s famous novel À la recherche du temps perdu.

Here are some of our favourite sketches…

A sketch by Andy Warhol showing an orange heeled shoe

Any one for shoes?

A sketch by Andy Warhol showing an orange and white heeled shoe

You can lead a shoe to water but you can’t make it drink

A sketch by Andy Warhol showing a red heeled shoe

Dial M for shoe

A small illustration by Andy Warhol showing a delicate yellow shoe with a pink lining

Beauty is shoe, shoe beauty…

A small illustration by Andy Warhol showing a blue heeled court shoe with a pink lining and gold buckle

Shoe fly Baby

An illustration by Andy Warhol of a small black and white shoe

To shoe or not to shoe

An illustration by Andy Warhol of a red heeled shoe

I dream of Jeannie with the light brown shoes

An illustration by Andy Warhol of a pale blue heeled shoe with little green bows

My shoe is your shoe

An illustration by Andy Warhol of an orange and red heeled shoe
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Shoe of the evening, beautiful shoe

An illustration by Andy Warhol of a yellow heeled shoe with a pink cuff