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Shoe - Sacha, Right, 1970s Object Reg. No: HT 11634

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Clog, Mule

Dark green platform right shoe, made in the 1970s, labelled 'Sacha'. Acquired by Paragon as a sample from Wilf Sparks, who acted as their representative in London. Company principal Lex Davison would meet with him on business trips; from the 1970s, his son Richard would meet Wilf. Sacha today is a Netherlands-based footwear manufacturer and retailer.

Paragon Shoes Pty Ltd was one of the most significant 20th century Australian shoe retailers, and at one time was the largest manufacturer of high quality of women's shoes in Australia. Its factory was located in Melbourne, and its shoes were sold throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Description:
Dark green platform mule featuring a dark green embossed leather vamp and covered platform heel. Decorative stitching around the toe.
Statement Of Significance:
The Paragon Shoe Collection comprises over 90 objects, including pairs of shoes and single shoes, point-of-sale materials and promotional materials such as business cards and an umbrella bearing the company name. The Collection documents the business and products of Paragon Shoes Pty Ltd, one of the most significant 20th century Australian shoe retailers, and at one time the largest manufacturer of high quality of women?s shoes in Australia. Its factory was located in Melbourne, and its shoes were sold throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The collection was largely donated by a member of the Davison family, which ran the Paragon business for most of the 20th century. It documents the changing designs of Australian women's footwear, from the 1910s to the 1980s. It illustrates the development of new shoe styles, from sample shoes bought overseas to shoes that went into production and were worn by Australian women. The collection is complemented by an archive held at the State Library of Victoria, including company records, shoe design sketch books and further point-of-sale material.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Diana Gaze, 2005
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 8.7 cm (Height), 16.0 cm (Width), 23.3 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: footwear industry, manufacturing, making history - paragon shoes
Themes this item is part of: Paragon Shoe Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: footwear
Inscriptions: Insole: "sacha"
Date Made: 1970s
Agent: Wilf Sparks - Paragon Shoes
Previous Owner: Paragon Shoes
References: Howard, G., 2004. Lex Davison: Larger Than Life'. Turton & Armstrong, Sydney.

Copies of several newspaper articles about Paragon from the early 1920s were included with the donation.

The State Library of Victoria holds an archive relating to the Paragon business, containing receipt books, account books, advertising, clippings, sample book, sketches, photographs and a poster - MS 13570. The content dates range circa 1928-1988. An additional archive, PA 01/05, ranges 1940s-1980s.

Comments

Charlotte Posted on 10 Dec 2012 8:56 PM
I have a brown pair of these that were my mum's! She loved them, and wore them everywhere. They are still in good condition.
Penny Posted on 30 Jan 2013 2:52 AM
I had a pair of shoes that had similar raised embossing on the heel and platform but were lace ups. Lots of females wore them in 1974-1976 when we went to Wigan Casino. They cost a fortune at the time but were a true fashion statement. Im sure I bought them from Sacha. These are the nearest I have seen to anything similar. I would love to know if you have any history on them. I bought mine in 1975.
vicki Posted on 20 Aug 2013 3:55 PM
I had two pairs one green pair and one brown pair and they are my favourite shoes of all time and would love to have another two pairs!!!!!!! What memories the photo evoked Love the shoes They did cost an absolute fortune but they were worth every penny Bought my from Sacha London and my second pair from Newcastle upon Tyne
Jackie Posted on 09 Jul 2014 3:14 PM
I had a green pair in the early 70's bought from Sacha London. Yes,they were hugely expensive but I loved them! Wish I could find another pair!

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