― The designer looking for the perfect size among his 100,000 lasts (1951) ∙ Long before Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik there was André Perugia. He was the first "celebrity" shoe designer. born in 1893 to a shoemaker father he wasted no time joining the family business by opening his shop at age 16. He began creating unique shapes and introducing a new heel that exceeded his fathers artistry and price points. ∙ He used unusual materials for his custom creations [...].