A History Lesson: Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier was one of the most celebrated shoe-makers of the twentieth century. Along with being accredited with the stiletto’s reinvention and creating Queen Elizabeth II’s shoes for her coronation in 1953, Vivier’s designs were often duplicated by others. Notable contributions by Vivier include the thigh-high boot, the comma heel, and famously, the pilgrim buckle heel, as worn by Catherine Denueve in Belle du Jour.

Vivier began his career by designing footwear for Schiaparelli in the 1930s and designed for Christian Dior in the 1950s and 60s.

Above: a 1959 ad from L’Officiel Magazine.

Navy Blue Patent Leather Pumps.

Black Patent Leather Pumps.

Above: Vivier pumps from our collection. These shoes are available in store and online.

Roger Vivier shoes are still worn today It girls and Hollywood actress, as can be witnessesed on the red carpet.

References: Fashion Model Directory, Shoe Blog, Flickr, Glass Magazine.

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