New Podcast ‘Shoemaker of Dreams’ Chronicles the Legendary Life of Salvatore Ferragamo


    A new podcast series is pulling back the curtain on the life of Salvatore Ferragamo. Before founding his eponymous Italian label, Ferragamo was an apprentice shoemaker and designer to the stars. His journey from Italy to Hollywood and back again is chronicled in a new 22-chapter podcast, Shoemaker of Dreams.

    Based on Ferragamo's own 1957 memoir of the same name, stars including Stanley Tucci, Caitriona Balfe, Isabella Rossellini, Jessica Alba, Michelle Monaghan, and others voice different periods of his life. In the years before his 1960 death, Ferragamo reflected on his experiences in fashion and beyond. His recollections were then transcribed into the autobiography.

    This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

    This is one of several recent projects to explore the origins of Ferragamo's story and his lasting legacy. The podcast arrives shortly before the premiere The Shoemaker of Dreams documentary on September 6. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), the doc features appearances by director Martin Scorsese and Ferragamo's late wife Wanda Miletti. In conjunction with these releases, Electa is republishing the designer's autobiography with a new book cover. Earlier this year, the brand released a social media trivia game about significant moments in Ferragamo's history.

    The podcast series is available now on Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple iTunes.

    Below, see the series’ full index:

    Sinéad Burke, Chap. I: Little White Shoes

    Stanley Tucci, Chap. II: Expert with Shoes and Babies

    Penny Martin, Chap. III: Hanger in Naples

    Michelle Monaghan, Chap. IV: A Shop of my own

    Simone Marchetti, Chap. V: No Machines for Salvatore

    Tamu McPherson, Chap. VI: Film Stars and Styles

    Dylan Jones, Chap. VII: The Search for a Secret

    Valeria Golino, Chap. VIII: The Shoe that fits

    Jo Ellison, Chap. IX: Ashes of Happiness

    Caroline Rush, Chap X: Days in Hollywood

    Colleen Atwood, Chap. XI: The Impossible Scheme

    Olivia Sui+Sam, Chap. XII: Into the Depths

    Hero Fiennes, Chap. XIII: The Unrelenting Climb

    Caroline Issa, Chap.XIV: Steel, Cork and Transparent Paper

    Caitriona Balfe, Chap. XV: Palace and Villa

    Carlo Sestini, Chap. XVI: The Healing Shoes

    Marina De Tavira, Chap XVII: How to buy Shoes and walk well

    Pierfrancesco Favino, Chap. XVIII: War, Marriage and Persecution

    Isabella Rossellini, Chap. XIX: Feet and the Famous

    Sandy Powell, Chap. XX: Beauty: Today and Yesterday

    Suzy Menkes, Chap. XXI: Silks, Jewels and curious Beasts

    Jessica Alba, Chap. XXII: The Challenge of the Future

    Savannah Walsh Editorial Fellow Savannah Walsh is an Editorial Fellow at This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at

    Leave a Reply