Bally had humble beginnings - in fact, it started as a ribbon factory in Switzerland, until 1851 when Carl Franz Bally started developing the first mechanised shoe-manufacturing technique with the help of local cobblers. Indeed, Carl Franz Bally's distinctive shoe design, using strong silhouettes and detailing, has endured over the last 150 years. Today, Bally offers a range of shoes and handbags, as well as classic, streamlined daywear for the modern sophisticated woman.