Every girl knows what a good pair of shoes does for an outfit. It compliments it. It completes it. It iconify’s it. So we take a look at the most iconic shoes in fashion history.
Cinderella’s Glass Slipper
Not only has this become one of the most iconic shoes in history, it has also managed to stay relevent. Thanks to the latest 2015 re-make and release of our beloved Disney film, nine of the most sought after shoe designers were invited to replicate Cinderella’s glass slipper.
From Perspex to Swarovski, the fictional footwear has been reimagined in a range of ways from Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy Choo, Charlotte Olympia, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jerome Rousseau, Stuart Weitzman, Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman, and Rene Caovilla.
Katie Middleton’s Nude Courts
Only The Duchess of Cambridge could make a pair of non-descript, nude pumps so covetable that they sell out as soon as they are launched in store. The princesses signature L.K. Bennett “Sledge” pumps have already caused a mini-shopping frenzy since they became available for purchase online at Nordstrom. Reflecting her understated, classic and timeless approach to fashion, these nude court shoes have become a quintessential part of Kate’s style.
Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers
Created by costume designer Gilbert Adrian, using 2,300 sequins, butterfly-shaped bows, Swarovski crystals, red glass beads and sparkling organza, how could anyone forget the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz? We’re sure pretty much every little (and grown up) girl wanted a red pair of pumps after this! Are we right?
Alexander McQueen’s Armadillos
There aren’t many shoes as extreme as the claw-like Armadillo shoes designed by the late Lee McQueen – but have stepped onto the scene five years ago at the 2010 Spring/Summer show, the shoes have only ever been once twice. Can you guess who by? Heiress Daphne Guinness was first to don these 12-inch heels, and claimsn they “were actually very light and comfortable”. Second to sport them, who else but the queen of OTT dressing, Lady Gaga!
Christian Louboutin’s Red Sole
Whilst impossible to pick one specific Louboutin, this brand makes our iconic list because, well, let’s face it, when you see a red sole, you know where it’s from.
Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahniks
Manolo Blahnik sky rocketed onto the sartorial scene thanks the brands frequent appearance on Carrie Bradshaw’s feet in Sex and The City. There are easily a million pairs that we lusted over, but most the famous has to be the blue jewelled courts, which she wore when she finally married Mr Big.