27 Sep '11, 7am

Bally Revisits Its Roots

Bally Revisits Its Roots

While visiting Paris in 1851, a Swiss ribbon salesman named Carl Franz Bally picked up a dozen pairs of ready-made shoes as a gift for his wife. When only two actually fit, she insisted he return to France for more. Instead, Bally began the process of converting his Schönenwerd facility into a shoe factory and within a few years found his designs among the most sought-after in the world. It would take another century for Bally’s grandson, Max Bally, to turn the Swiss company into an international luxury brand after he created the company’s most iconic shoe, the Scribe, named for the Hotel Scribe, where he stayed during his own 1951 visit to Paris. A classic dress shoe with a superior Goodyear-welted sole construction (a stitching technology invented in 1869 that allows a shoe to be re-soled), the Scribe quickly became the foundation of the Bally label. Now Bally, which was...

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