A shoe has evolved into much more than just protective footwear. It's an expression of style, and for some, a coveted design piece.
Here we round up the most iconic pairs of designer shoes of all time.
Christian Louboutin Pigalle
The Pigalle Pump needs no introduction. Though an adapted design, Louboutin’s Pigalle has become an icon through his addition of a red lacquered sole, a pin-thin stiletto heel, and a perfectly sculpted pointed toe. Whether it be in matte or glossy leather, black or nude—the Pigalle is an enduring style that’ll flatter those who wear it.
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi
Manolo Blahnik became a household name because of Sex and the City. Carrie Bradshaw not only wore his shoes, a number of episodes centered around the designs itself. Fittingly, one of his most famous designs—the Hangisi—were catapulted to fame by a pivotal scene in the Sex and the City movie. Though made in a seemingly traditional court shoe design, the Hangisi is special for its eye-catching embellished buckle. Today, the blue satin
Gucci Horsebit Loafers
Under Alessandro Michele’s direction, the Gucci
Coco Chanel’s two-tone slingback is
Roger Vivier Belle Vivier Pumps
For his creative and innovative designs, French fashion designer Roger Vivier has earned the title the “Fragonard of the shoe.” The designer was best known for his work under Christian Dior in the ‘50s, as well as designing the heels Queen Elizabeth wore during her coronation. One of his most sought-after designs is the Belle Vivier Pump. The square-heeled shoe, adorned with a pilgrim-style buckle, was launched in 1965. Two years later, Catherine Deneuve wore the relatively unknown pump in Luis Buñuel's movie Belle de Jour.
Salvatore Ferragamo Rainbow Sandal
Salvatore Ferragamo created the rainbow sandal during the Great Depression. Since there was a shortage of materials, he used cork and wood to fashion the first Rainbow Sandal. The innovative design was made for Judy Garland to
Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal
The Nudist Sandal is Stuart Weitzman’s signature stiletto. Designed to elongate legs, the sandal has slim barely-there straps and a perfectly sleek heel. The minimalist style has become a celebrity red carpet favorite for its ability to elevate an outfit without taking the focus away.
Hermès Oran Sandals
Released in 1997, the Oran was designed by Pierre Hardy for Hermès. In an interview with Telegraph, Hardy said: “I wanted to make a no-shoe, basically–like walking barefoot.” Since then, the sleek and sophisticated slide has been touted as the perfect summer shoe—making its way into classic Hermès territory. The Oran is available in Hermès’ signature leathers as well as exotic materials such as lizard and crocodile.