Archive | March, 2011

Some Vivier Love

2 Mar

While wearing my pointy pumps at work today, I was inspired to do some research on one of my favorite shoe designers, Roger Vivier.  Because really, it doesn’t get much more gorgeous than this:

With a background in sculpture, Vivier started working for Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930s.  His innovative but elegant ideas led to a masterful partnership with Christian Dior and the creation of the New Look in the 1950s.

Using his knowledge of sculpture and the body, Vivier created new heel shapes for Dior, such as the comma heel, and revived and enhanced the stiletto.

Vivier went on to work with Yves Saint Laurent after Dior’s death, where he invented the pilgrim buckle pump. The style is still ridiculously popular and widely imitated today.

Now for some real eye candy, cause flats are boring.

And finally, my favorite:

My shoe isn’t nearly as gorgeous as these, but Nine West has a decent interpretation.  The heel is my favorite part!