The embellished pump is symbolic of modern-day glamour. It invites us to live in a different world, one that is magical, sparkly and a little bit mysterious.
During the 16th century, European royalty wore high-heeled shoes to make them appear larger than life. The term “well-heeled” implied that the wearer was wealthy and held a place of authority. The higher the stilts, the more luxurious your life was. They also served a practical purpose in preventing women’s dresses from getting muddy.
Roger Vivier came onto the scene with his three-inch stiletto designs for Christian Dior in the mid-1950s. Like Dior, the designs were lavish, jewel adorned, and ultra-glam.
Christian Louboutin is credited with bringing back the stiletto heel in the 1990s with his infamous 4” red-soled heels, the price tags for which are almost as steep as their heel height. Louboutins have become status symbols, even if they are impossible to wear for more than a few hours. But hey, who ever said glamour was practical (or comfortable)? Especially when they are this pretty…