WOMEN’S PUMPS

Millions of women succumb to the power and allure of high heel shoes, while the world succumbs to the women who wear them. Put simply, the pump means success, status and sex appeal.

Heeled boots od Dolce & Gabbana Heeled boots od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Heeled boots

Heeled boots with pleats od Loewe Heeled boots with pleats od Loewe

Loewe

Heeled boots with pleats

‘minimals’ clogs od Isabel Marant ‘minimals’ clogs od Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

‘Minimals’ clogs

Platform loafers od Versace Platform loafers od Versace

Versace

Platform loafers

Heeled boots with pleats od Loewe Heeled boots with pleats od Loewe

Loewe

Heeled boots with pleats

Platform loafers od Versace Platform loafers od Versace

Versace

Platform loafers

Platform shoes od Marni Platform shoes od Marni

Marni

Platform shoes

Stiletto pumps with logo od Balmain Stiletto pumps with logo od Balmain

Balmain

Stiletto pumps with logo

‘opyum’ pumps od Saint Laurent ‘opyum’ pumps od Saint Laurent PERMANENT COLLECTION

Saint Laurent

‘Opyum’ pumps

‘new ria’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent ‘new ria’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent PERMANENT COLLECTION

Saint Laurent

‘New Ria’ stiletto pumps

‘love’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘love’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ pumps

‘kari’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘kari’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Kari’ pumps

Checked stiletto pumps od Burberry Checked stiletto pumps od Burberry

Burberry

Checked stiletto pumps

‘elevated ghillie’ platform boots od Vivienne Westwood ‘elevated ghillie’ platform boots od Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

‘Elevated Ghillie’ platform boots

‘jessa’ pumps od Tory Burch ‘jessa’ pumps od Tory Burch

Tory Burch

‘Jessa’ pumps

‘trap’ pumps od Proenza Schouler ‘trap’ pumps od Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

‘Trap’ pumps

‘mary jane’ pumps od Dsquared2 ‘mary jane’ pumps od Dsquared2

Dsquared2

‘Mary Jane’ pumps

‘margaux’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘margaux’ pumps od Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

‘Margaux’ pumps

Stiletto pumps with pointed toe od Dolce & Gabbana Stiletto pumps with pointed toe od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Stiletto pumps with pointed toe

‘viva’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘viva’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Viva’ pumps

Strass-embellished pumps od Bottega Veneta Strass-embellished pumps od Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

Strass-embellished pumps

‘anais’ pumps od Saint Laurent ‘anais’ pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Anais’ pumps

‘elyse’ wedge shoes od Stella McCartney ‘elyse’ wedge shoes od Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

‘Elyse’ wedge shoes

Heeled pumps od Versace Jeans Couture Heeled pumps od Versace Jeans Couture

Versace Jeans Couture

Heeled pumps

Heeled shoes od Versace Jeans Couture Heeled shoes od Versace Jeans Couture

Versace Jeans Couture

Heeled shoes

‘lana’ heeled sandals od Miista ‘lana’ heeled sandals od Miista

Miista

‘Lana’ heeled sandals

‘petalo pump’ stilettos od Le Silla ‘petalo pump’ stilettos od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Petalo Pump’ stilettos

‘lana’ heeled sandals od Miista ‘lana’ heeled sandals od Miista

Miista

‘Lana’ heeled sandals

‘venus’ pumps od The Attico ‘venus’ pumps od The Attico

The Attico

‘Venus’ pumps

‘anais’ pumps od The Attico ‘anais’ pumps od The Attico

The Attico

‘Anais’ pumps

‘anais’ pumps od The Attico ‘anais’ pumps od The Attico

The Attico

‘Anais’ pumps

Leather heeled shoes od Moschino Leather heeled shoes od Moschino

Moschino

Leather heeled shoes

‘pessica’ pumps od Isabel Marant ‘pessica’ pumps od Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

‘Pessica’ pumps

‘pessica’ pumps od Isabel Marant ‘pessica’ pumps od Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

‘Pessica’ pumps

‘traci’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘traci’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Traci’ pumps

Pumps with elastic opening od Balenciaga Pumps with elastic opening od Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Pumps with elastic opening

Leather pumps od See By Chloe Leather pumps od See By Chloe

See By Chloe

Leather pumps

Platform shoes od See By Chloe Platform shoes od See By Chloe

See By Chloe

Platform shoes

Embellished pumps od See By Chloe Embellished pumps od See By Chloe

See By Chloe

Embellished pumps

Slingback pumps with logo od Gucci Slingback pumps with logo od Gucci PERMANENT COLLECTION

Gucci

Slingback pumps with logo

‘lani’ heeled pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘lani’ heeled pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Lani’ heeled pumps

‘lani’ heeled pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘lani’ heeled pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Lani’ heeled pumps

‘grace’ pumps od Alexander Wang ‘grace’ pumps od Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

‘Grace’ pumps

‘boomerang’ pumps od VETEMENTS ‘boomerang’ pumps od VETEMENTS

VETEMENTS

‘Boomerang’ pumps

‘dorothy’ pumps od Michael Michael Kors ‘dorothy’ pumps od Michael Michael Kors

Michael Michael Kors

‘Dorothy’ pumps

‘dorothy’ pumps od Michael Michael Kors ‘dorothy’ pumps od Michael Michael Kors

Michael Michael Kors

‘Dorothy’ pumps

Logo-embroidered pumps od Fendi Logo-embroidered pumps od Fendi PERMANENT COLLECTION

Fendi

Logo-embroidered pumps

‘nantes’ pumps od Giuseppe Zanotti ‘nantes’ pumps od Giuseppe Zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti

‘Nantes’ pumps

Heeled pumps od Gucci Heeled pumps od Gucci PERMANENT COLLECTION

Gucci

Heeled pumps

‘ivy’ heeled pumps od Le Silla ‘ivy’ heeled pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Ivy’ heeled pumps

‘bee’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘bee’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Bee’ pumps

‘bee’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘bee’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Bee’ pumps

‘love’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘love’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ stiletto pumps

‘saresa’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘saresa’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Saresa’ stiletto pumps

‘vara’ heeled pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘vara’ heeled pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Vara’ heeled pumps

‘carole’ pumps od Saint Laurent ‘carole’ pumps od Saint Laurent PERMANENT COLLECTION

Saint Laurent

‘Carole’ pumps

Stiletto pumps with sock od Balmain Stiletto pumps with sock od Balmain

Balmain

Stiletto pumps with sock

Stiletto pumps with logo od Balmain Stiletto pumps with logo od Balmain

Balmain

Stiletto pumps with logo

‘void d’orsay’ heeled pumps od Balenciaga ‘void d’orsay’ heeled pumps od Balenciaga

Balenciaga

‘Void D’Orsay’ heeled pumps

‘vara’ heeled pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘vara’ heeled pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Vara’ heeled pumps

‘instinct’ pumps od Saint Laurent ‘instinct’ pumps od Saint Laurent PERMANENT COLLECTION

Saint Laurent

‘Instinct’ pumps

‘venus’ pumps od The Attico ‘venus’ pumps od The Attico

The Attico

‘Venus’ pumps

‘venus’ pumps od The Attico ‘venus’ pumps od The Attico

The Attico

‘Venus’ pumps

Stiletto pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana Stiletto pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana PERMANENT COLLECTION

Dolce & Gabbana

Stiletto pumps with logo

Stiletto pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana Stiletto pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana PERMANENT COLLECTION

Dolce & Gabbana

Stiletto pumps with logo

Pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana Pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana PERMANENT COLLECTION

Dolce & Gabbana

Pumps with logo

‘anny’ pumps od Stuart Weitzman ‘anny’ pumps od Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

‘Anny’ pumps

‘ella’ pumps od Stuart Weitzman ‘ella’ pumps od Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

‘Ella’ pumps

‘anny’ pumps od Stuart Weitzman ‘anny’ pumps od Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

‘Anny’ pumps

'lauren’ pumps od Chloé 'lauren’ pumps od Chloé PERMANENT COLLECTION

Chloé

'Lauren’ pumps

'love' leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo 'love' leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'LOVE' leather stiletto pumps

'thandi' stiletto pumps with logo od Jimmy Choo 'thandi' stiletto pumps with logo od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'THANDI' stiletto pumps with logo

Pumps with skull detail od Philipp Plein Pumps with skull detail od Philipp Plein

Philipp Plein

Pumps with skull detail

'love' glittery pumps od Jimmy Choo 'love' glittery pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'LOVE' glittery pumps

'love' glittery pumps od Jimmy Choo 'love' glittery pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'LOVE' glittery pumps

'love' leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo 'love' leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'LOVE' leather stiletto pumps

‘aurelie’ patent leather pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘aurelie’ patent leather pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Aurelie’ patent leather pumps

‘void d’orsay’ heeled pumps od Balenciaga ‘void d’orsay’ heeled pumps od Balenciaga

Balenciaga

‘Void D’Orsay’ heeled pumps

'thandi' stiletto pumps with logo od Jimmy Choo 'thandi' stiletto pumps with logo od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'THANDI' stiletto pumps with logo

Pumps with geometrical pattern od Red Valentino Pumps with geometrical pattern od Red Valentino

Red Valentino

Pumps with geometrical pattern

Pumps with logo od Tory Burch Pumps with logo od Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Pumps with logo

‘deco eva’ pumps od Le Silla ‘deco eva’ pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Deco Eva’ pumps

‘deco petalo’ pumps od Le Silla ‘deco petalo’ pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Deco Petalo’ pumps

‘deco eva’ pumps od Le Silla ‘deco eva’ pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Deco Eva’ pumps

‘deco ivy’ pumps od Le Silla ‘deco ivy’ pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Deco Ivy’ pumps

Woven boots od Fendi Woven boots od Fendi PERMANENT COLLECTION

Fendi

Woven boots

‘velia’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘velia’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo PERMANENT COLLECTION

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Velia’ pumps

‘viva’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘viva’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo PERMANENT COLLECTION

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Viva’ pumps

‘vara’ heeled pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘vara’ heeled pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo PERMANENT COLLECTION

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Vara’ heeled pumps

‘rio’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘rio’ pumps od Sophia Webster PERMANENT COLLECTION

Sophia Webster

‘Rio’ pumps

High heels – style afoot

Adored, extreme, seductive, dangerous, very confusing, total – there are a lot of words that could describe the fashionable pump.

Power on high

So young and so influential, you could say of heels that have been around for 70 years. Their short but colourful history have seen periods of delight, dynamic development, triumph, rejection, and finally renaissance. They have not only accompanied but influenced the presence and perception of women in the modern world. High heels have experienced many changes in the way they have been regarded and understood. Today, they are synonymous with prestige, power, strength, sex appeal and the independence of women. Earlier, in the 1950s, they offered a means of needed change, of rebellion against fixed social roles. Famous actresses of the time, such as Marilyn Monroe and Diana Dors inspired millions of women with the desire to live and dress for themselves. The fates of the artists were as colourful as their creations, including sky-high stilettos, and there is still discussion about the role that the pump played in the transformations witnessed over the years. Society puzzled over the cost of the release of women from the well-trodden path that was their role in the context of enslavement, to a new phenomenon – the perception of women through the prism of sexualisation. The next decade, and their socio-cultural changes, effectively reduced the height of the heels. Stilettos and their lovers around the world were brought flat shoes – among others, the famous ballerina - promoting a new type of femininity full of youthful charm and naturalness. For some women, high heels were inherently associated with liberation and strength. For others, their absence meant the same thing. Heels returned at the end of the seventies, when British shoe designer Terry de Havilland created pumps for Zandra Rhodes. In more recent history high heel shoes have helped create the image of the modern woman in the TV series "Sex and the City". The show’s heroines are working and successful, and they consume and acquire luxury goods, including of course the pump.

Who brought us the pump?

Roger Vivier, a prominent French designer with Dior, is hailed as the father of high heel shoes. Having been associated with the shoe industry since the age of 17, he blended a brilliant sense of aesthetics with technical skills that put his work proudly in top spot. Celebrities and representatives of royal courts queued for his creations. Perfectly fitting shoes have become elaborate, brilliant complements to the crown of Dior creations. Paying heed to the feminine shape, New Look gained a worthy foundation. The specific design of high heels forced continuous improvements, and they underwent changes in shape, height and the thickness of the heel. Thinner and longer posed a danger of fracture, so Charles Jordan introduced the metal rod, and the aluminum pad created by Mehmet Kurdash. Any doubts held by designers were dispelled by the newly invented plastic heel with insert. Improvements to high heels aimed not only to protect the body of the woman wearing them, but also of men who succumbed to injuries, for example, while dancing – not to mention the permanent heel marks in floors. The workshops of shoe geniuses such as Vivier, Ferragamo, and Perugia continued improving their models.

What to look for in high heels?

First of all, high quality. Only then can we guarantee proper design, careful workmanship and have no doubts about standards. Leather pumps from an excellent brand will provide many years of pleasure with their irresistible charm. The height of the heels is an individual matter, so consider a stabilising shoe platform. After purchasing matching black stilettos, allow yourself to experiment more boldly, perhaps with silver heels. The Vitkac.com online store offers hundreds of examples from the finest fashion houses. New high heeled shoes highlight the beauty of the luxurious dresses, and the whole styling can be enriched by women’s jewellery