I. Miller Shoes

March 16, 2014 § 9 Comments

In 1952 my grandfather Ben Benjamin became the General Manager for the I. Miller Shoe Company.

I. Miller – A Little Jewel Box of a Shoe Store, New York Times Feb. 10th, 2008

Follow up to the 2008 New York Times article:  At Restored Landmark in Times Square, Mixing ‘Brash and Beautiful’


Andy Warhol

New York Times, April 17th, 1955

I. Miller Shoe Advertisement from The New York Times, April 17th, 1955.

Andy Warhol found early success as a commercial artist and was hired by I. Miller as their chief illustrator in the 1950’s.

I. Miller Article


I. Miller Ad


B.Benjamin Bio 1954






Courtesy The Library of Congress: Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-36355-B,Call Number: LC-G612- 36355-B <p&p> [P&P] Date Created/Published: 1939 Oct. 21.


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§ 9 Responses to I. Miller Shoes

  • awax1217 says:

    It is amazing, but the people of the past made their imprint on us. I have stuff from my wife’s aunt who was an artist at the Worlds Fair in thirty four. I blogged on her and others of the past. It was interesting to note how and what they did.


  • What an interesting post, Julia! I own a pair of vintage I. Miller shoes. They’re gorgeous. I thoroughly enjoyed the write-up about your grandfather. “The most interesting of the many interesting people in the General Shoe family!” Also, thanks for the update on the building. Both New York Times articles were very interesting. Thank goodness they restored the building. So there was a ballot form. I love that. I would have voted for Mary Pickford! I’m off now to find my I. Miller shoes! T.

    Clipping from The New York Times: In 1927, the public was invited to choose whom to honor in the four niches. “Who are America’s four best-loved actresses?” a ballot form asked. “Glance at the vacant golden niches! Perhaps you can instantly picture your favorite in drama, comedy, opera and screen, whose statue you would like to see in each of these niches, looking out on, and being observed by, Broadway’s marvelous throngs!” And the winners were: Ethel Barrymore as Ophelia, for drama; Marilyn Miller as Sunny, for musical comedy; Mary Pickford as Little Lord Fauntleroy, for the screen; and for opera, Rosa Ponselle as Leonora (later changed to Norma).


  • Towana McTizic-Scott says:

    Love the articles. I Millers shoes were great. Are they selling any of them somewhere else. Like to get the Millikan sling backs.


  • Anonymous says:

    I entered the shoe industry in 1971. I joined a great team of people at the I.Miller shoe salon on the mag mile in Chicago. Selling I.Miller shoes and David Evans shoes made me realize I was selling the best shoes in the market. I enjoyed serving the high class clientel and sending them home happy with a great par of shoes.
    I also managed an I.Miller salon in Bonwit Teller on Fifth Ave. In Manhatton. I enjoyed working with Jane Evans, Dane Davis, Stanley Disenhof, Bob Trivers,Bill Ficken and Liz Goitia.
    I was very sad to see this company go out of business.

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