The Cat’s Paw washer heels are a cult favorite with its distinctive pattern and semi-namesake little slip-resistant white dots. This early-to-mid-century-originating rubber heel is admired for having both a playful distinctive design and a practical use in boots and shoes of all kinds.
The main draw of the Cat's Paw washer heels is it's no slip rubber pads embedded in the heel. These little white studs were made of a different material and recessed slightly into the rubber. The wearer’s weight would extend the pad and add extra traction.
Comes in original boxed packaging.
Cat’s Paw was founded in Baltimore, MD as Cat’s Paw Rubber Co. in 1904. These items have not been in production for more than 50 years as the brand was bought by rubber company Biltrite in the 1960s, who was subsequently swallowed by Vibram, who slowly phased out the brand.
Amelia Earhart supposedly died wearing a pair of Cat’s Paw-heeled loafers which catapulted the cult status of the rubber heel and sole manufacturer.
Famed German graphic designer Lucian Bernhard (father of the Bernhard font) designed the logo in 1941. The swiping cat on the bright red box sums up everything we’d like to imagine about post-war American quaintness.