Sophia Messina designed straw shoes inspired by a pair that saved by her grandfather during WWII
15 Aug 2013
Faculty of Arts fashion student Sophia Messina designed a pair of straw shoes inspired by her Italian grandfather's wartime experiences.
Angelo Messina, now 90-years-old, fought on the Russian front in freezing conditions during World War Two. To keep himself alive he created shoes made out of straw which raised his feet above the snow-covered ground.
23-year-old Sophia told the Argus newspaper: “Soldiers layered their garments and built straw shoes to elevate their frostbitten feet from the snowy terrain. Many filled the linings of their jackets with newspapers and wrapped blankets around them like shawls, all in an attempt to stay warm.
"I’m proud of my grandfather and grateful to him for helping me. Working with straw is hard on the hands – but, as I have discovered, it can certainly keep your feet warm.”