July 20, 2012

10 Iconic Shoes

Women have loved shoes since anyone can remember, and designers  have struggled to create the most imaginative styles to suit their wishes. Check out 10 of the most stylish shoe styles, that over time have become iconic.

Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle Pump

Every woman wants a shoes that is both versatile and sexy. Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle Pump is literally the embodiment of that. Featuring patent leather, a high, yet not exaggeratedly high heel and a pointy toe, the sexy Pigalle can be worn with anything, from an office outfit to a glamorous cocktail gown to just some seductive lingerie.

Cinderella’s Glass Slipper

Thanks to the romantic ending of the fairy tale, when Prince Charming finds his soulmate with the help of a shoe, Cinderella’s glass slippers have become a symbol of romance. Gracious and feminine as they are, they can’t be reproduced in real life, but Christian Louboutin recently unveiled his take on the glass slippers.

Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo Shoes

Measuring a whopping 12 inches from the tip of the heel to the ankle, the controversial shoes have received mixed reviews. Some called them „monstrous”, „alien-like” and „claw-resembling”, models Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly and Sasha Pivovarova refused to wear them down the runway for fear of falling and breaking their ankles, but others, such as Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness, immediately fell in love with them and the latter even stated that they “were actually very light and comfortable”.

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Heels

Whether we’re talking about the round toe court shoes or the sandal version, the YSL Tribute Heels have long been a favourite of women all across the world, as well as being spotted at every red carpet events, on the feet of celebrities such as Olivia Palermo, Kate Beckinsale, Adriana Lima, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks or Kylie Minogue.

Marc Jacobs’ Backwards Heel Shoes

Back in 2008, Marc Jacobs pushed the envelope by designing shoes with backwards heels. Challenging the notions of style and design, the curious shoes with their heel at the arch of the soles are elegant and sexy. This imaginative style is definitely attention-grabbing, in the chic-est way possible.

Christian Louboutin’s Ballet Heels

Created in collaboration with David Lynch for a special fetish collection, Louboutin’s eight-inch-high take on the classic ballet pump might be unuseful, as walking in it is impossible, but it sure is one of the most glamorous shoes in the world.

Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers

Dorothy may not have been a style icon, but her sparkly shoes managed to become legendary. The original pair used in the motion picture was created by costume designer Gilbert Adrian, using 2,300 sequins, butterfly-shaped bows, Swarovski crystals, red glass beads and sparkling organza.

Roger Vivier’s Pilgrim Pumps


After designing shoes for Dior in the 50s and 60s, Roger Vivier went on to create this iconic style, worn by Catherine Deneuve in „Belle de Jour”, continuing to inspire shoe designers even today.

Converse All Star Sneakers

Introduced in 1966, Converse Sneakers have become over the last half of century an iconic style for grunge-cool. Worn by rockers, skaters, models and even movie stars (James Dean, Agyness Deyn, Kristen Stweart, Sienna Miller) the All Star sneakers are a staple of rock ‘n’ roll cool footwear.

Vivienne Westwood’s Gillie Platforms

During Vivienne Westwood’s Spring/Summer 1993 show, supermodel Naomi Campbell famously toppled over on the runway in the designer’s ultra-high platform shoes. Measuring nine inches, the shoes became notorious and have even been showcased at various museums across the world.

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