Paragon Shoes advertising sign
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start
A selection of iconic Melbourne shoes.
This display features a selection of 34 Paragon shoes representing almost 100 years of Melbourne's fashion history.
Paragon focused on women’s shoes, drawing their inspiration from the latest Paris, London and New York styles. The display includes items such as a peep-toe crocodile skin shoe, ultra high heel and a court shoe that resembles a masked face, exploring the history of shoe fashion through the Paragon story.
For almost 100 years Paragon Shoes, a family business, designed and created shoes in Melbourne. Their shoes were sold throughout Australia and New Zealand, and at its height the company produced over 100,000 shoes per year. The Paragon Shoes display offers visitors an insight into local Melbourne manufacturing, fashion, and design.