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Iconic Shoes in Fashion History


  1. Salvatore Ferragamo Rainbow Platform Sandals




Salvatore Ferrgamo is credited with introducing the platform shoe in the late 1930s. In 1938, Ferragamo crafted the iconic Rainbow platform sandal for the legendary Judy Garland. This shoe is made with leather cork, and has a platform with a heel height that is only slightly above the toes, which allows for greater comfort and less pressure on the balls of the foot.



                                                                                                                               2. Alexander McQueen Armadillo Shoe

Alexander McQueen Armdillo Shoe



Alexander McQueen’s ‘Armadillo’ shoes first launched in the designer’s 2010 spring/summer collection. The otherworldly shoes are 12 inches in height, and seemingly impossible to walk in. However, the iconic shoes have been famously worn by the likes of Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness, who described the shoes to be “very light and comfortable.”



3. Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Shoe

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Chanel introduced the two-tone sling back in 1957. The original design was beige in colour with a black toe cap. This two-tone style creates a uniquely flattering effect, shortening the foot, while lengthening the leg line. This classic shoe was brought back by Karl Lagerfeld on Chanel’s Fall 2015 runway.




4. Manolo Blahnik “Something Blue” Pump



Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahnik collection is every woman’s dream, but when she stepped out in his blue satin heeled pumps at her wedding, the style instantly became the crowd favourite. Manolo Blahnik ‘Something Blue’ pumps are best known as Carrie’s wedding gift to herself, and the ‘something blue’ to her wedding ensemble in the Sex and the City film. In the movie, Carrie revealed that the heels cost $525, but due to the vast demand the movie had generated, retailers nearly doubled the cost to an outrageous $965!



5. Converse All-Star Chuck Taylor




The Converse All Star Chuck Taylors were originally designed in 1921 to become America’s first performance basketball shoe. Named after a basketball player for the Akron Firestones, Charles Chuck H. Taylor, these iconic sport shoes have become a wardrobe classic, and symbolic of grunge and rock ‘n’ roll cool.



6. Vivienne Westwood Ghillie Heel

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This Ghillie heel is best recognized on Naomi Campbell when she famously tumbled on the catwalk while wearing these iconic nine-inch platform heels in 1993. The punk inspired shoe is made with imitation crocodile leather, and like most of Vivienne Westwood’s designs is influenced by British history.




7. Christian Louboutin’s Red Soles



When we think of Christian Louboutin, red lacquered soles instantly come to mind. The red bottoms of his shoes were first introduced in 1992 at his runway show when he felt that his shoes “lacked energy,” so he painted the soles of the shoes with red nail varnish. This happy accident eventually became a permanent feature on his shoes and the trademark of his designs.



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