Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo discussing a selection of his shoes. (Photo by David Lees/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

Calling all fashion history buffs! Sony Pictures Classics just dropped the official trailer for the new documentary following the life and career of legendary Italian footwear designer Salvatore Ferragamo. Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams, is directed by Call Me by Your Name’s Luca Guadagnino and is set to hit theaters in the fall of 2022. 

The official poster was also released and showcases Ferragamo’s Calipso stiletto — a strappy, slingback high-heeled sandal introduced in 1956.

The trailer opens with fashion editor Suzy Menkes remarking, “When you look at Marilyn Monroe’s shoes, and you think of her and the way she pranced around in them, she must have been very comfortable. He had the secret.” 

Also included in the film are director Martin Scorsese, who speaks on the intertwined relationship between cinema and fashion, while contemporary footwear designers Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin express their reverence for the late innovator.

The doc chronicles the shoe designer’s creative journey, and follows Ferragamo from his childhood through his days as a novice apprentice shoemaker in Naples, to his time helming the Hollywood Boot Shop in California before he would return to his native Italy to establish his eponymous brand in Florence. 

It also includes archival imagery and intimate tales from the Ferragamo family, as well as a first-person narration by Michael Stuhlbarg as Ferragamo, himself. 


Sony acquired the documentary shortly ahead of its world premiere, when it debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 2020. After the film’s appearance at the festival, the brand went on to enlist the Italian director to bring its Spring/Summer 2021 ad campaign to life.

Not the only release for Guadagnino this fall, his other film, Bones & All, is set to premiere in November 2022. The romantic drama, based on the novel by Camille DeAngelis, tells the tale of a disenfranchised young couple (portrayed by Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell) who embark on a thousand-mile long journey. The pair develop a taste for human flesh along the way. The movie was announced shortly after Guadagnino’s other Call Me By Your Name star Armie Hammer reportedly had conversations with different women about cannibalistic fetishes, in unverified messages that were shared on social media in early 2021.

For those who want to stick to the fashions, Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams will surely put a pep in any high-heel lover’s step.