Delman introduced the platform evening clogs shown above in 1938 they were intednded for the small woman to wear at the theatre or opera or at a dinner party.
Herman Delman opened his first shop in Hollywood in 1919 after working for his father in Portland Oregon who had very conservative taste. The Hollywood shop was closely followed by another in New York.
He began to design shoes and hired other designers to create a new line that was young and fashionable. His influence
on English shoe design and sizes and fittings in the 1930s was considerable. Delman signed Roger Vivier under an exclusive
contract in 1938 but the war got in the way, they worked together in 1941 and on and off again for several years.
Delman also had strong associations with Rayne in the 1950s and 60s. The company is still very successful today.
First published on Vintage Chic 25-July-2009