Cinderella Shoes

• Roger Vivier’s Enduring Influence on the Modern Woman’s Life •

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A pair of Roger Vivier for Christian Dior shoes as can be seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Shoes: Pain & Pleasure exhibition. Via Victoria & Albert Museum.

In 1953, French shoe designer Roger Vivier began working with Christian Dior to create opulent women’s shoes, and the rest is fashion history. A year later, when Vivier was working at Dior, he developed the stiletto shoe – a shoe with a thin heel made possible by a steel rod to support a woman’s weight. Vivier is often credited for inventing and popularising the stiletto with his lavish designs for the French fashion house.

Like all great footwear, a pair of Roger Vivier shoes has since become synonymous with luxury, decadence, and fairy-tale. The house was re-launched by Diego Della Valle of Tod’s in 2004. The brand’s trademark “pilgrim” shoes were again a sign of exclusivity and extravagance. In a 2010 episode of Gossip Girl, Blair takes one of her shoes off and gives it to a prince in a Cinderella moment. “It’s Vivier. It’s worth a hell of a lot more than a glass slipper,” she tells him before walking away with only one shoe. Most recently, this past summer the house re-issued its classic designs in the Caprices Collection on While names like Louboutin, Choo, and Blahnik may have a prominent place in the world of luxury shoes, there can be no denying Vivier’s influence on your shoe collection. Check out Vivier’s impact throughout the years.

See Vivier’s Dior shoes at the V&A’s Shoes: Pain and Pleasure exhibit, on display until 31 January 2016.

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