Jacques Levine Dies at 92

Jacques Levine, whose eponymous brand ruled the slipper world for decades, has died. He was 92.

Levine, whose father Falk, founded parent company Middletown Footwear in Middletown, N.Y., in 1936, named the slipper label after his son.

The brand, best known for its sexy Kraze high-heel slide with marabou feathers, produced a string of memorable footnotes at its upstate New York factory. Among them were glittery evening looks, vinyl upper pumps as well as Schiaparelli footwear in the 1950s.

Levine, passionate about the industry, expanded the business in the 1960s with imports, introducing ankle-tie espadrilles and wedge slippers from Spain. Like the brand’s slippers, these footnotes became synonymous with the label.

“No member of the family sold slippers or shoes with such passion for quality, fit and fashion as Jacques,” said grandson Sam Calvanio, who now heads up the firm, renamed Gen4 Levine Footwear, as president. “It was an honor to get a chance to work with him for the last five years.”

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