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.

'medolla' pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo 'medolla' pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo quick-view

Salvatore Ferragamo

'MEDOLLA' pumps

'crystals vara' pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo 'crystals vara' pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo quick-view

Salvatore Ferragamo

'CRYSTALS VARA' pumps

'sylvie gg' pumps od Gucci 'sylvie gg' pumps od Gucci quick-view

Gucci

'SYLVIE GG' pumps

Leather pumps od Balenciaga Leather pumps od Balenciaga quick-view

Balenciaga

Leather pumps

'teddy' stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent 'teddy' stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent quick-view

Saint Laurent

'TEDDY' stiletto pumps

'jamie' stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent 'jamie' stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent quick-view

Saint Laurent

'JAMIE' stiletto pumps

Stiletto pumps with decorative cut-outs od Chloe Stiletto pumps with decorative cut-outs od Chloe quick-view

Chloe

Stiletto pumps with decorative cut-outs

Stiletto pumps with decorative cut-outs od Chloe Stiletto pumps with decorative cut-outs od Chloe quick-view

Chloe

Stiletto pumps with decorative cut-outs

Heeled shoes with prints od Vetements Heeled shoes with prints od Vetements quick-view

Vetements

Heeled shoes with prints

Ankle high, heeled boots od Balenciaga Ankle high, heeled boots od Balenciaga quick-view

Balenciaga

Ankle high, heeled boots

Ankle high, heeled boots od Balenciaga Ankle high, heeled boots od Balenciaga quick-view

Balenciaga

Ankle high, heeled boots

Pumps with a logo od Balenciaga Pumps with a logo od Balenciaga quick-view

Balenciaga

Pumps with a logo

Translucent stiletto pumps od Yeezy Translucent stiletto pumps od Yeezy quick-view

Yeezy

Translucent stiletto pumps

Translucent stiletto pumps od Yeezy Translucent stiletto pumps od Yeezy quick-view

Yeezy

Translucent stiletto pumps

'leigh 105'  stiletto heels od Stuart Weitzman 'leigh 105'  stiletto heels od Stuart Weitzman quick-view

Stuart Weitzman

'LEIGH 105' stiletto heels

'leigh 105'  stiletto heels od Stuart Weitzman 'leigh 105'  stiletto heels od Stuart Weitzman quick-view

Stuart Weitzman

'LEIGH 105' stiletto heels

'leigh 105'  stiletto heels od Stuart Weitzman 'leigh 105'  stiletto heels od Stuart Weitzman quick-view

Stuart Weitzman

'LEIGH 105' stiletto heels

'sallie' platform boots od AllSaints 'sallie' platform boots od AllSaints quick-view

AllSaints

'SALLIE' platform boots

'devora' platform ankle boots od AllSaints 'devora' platform ankle boots od AllSaints quick-view

AllSaints

'DEVORA' platform ankle boots

'leanne' pumps od Jimmy Choo 'leanne' pumps od Jimmy Choo quick-view

Jimmy Choo

'LEANNE' pumps

'sonia' pumps od Jimmy Choo 'sonia' pumps od Jimmy Choo quick-view

Jimmy Choo

'SONIA' pumps

'sonia' pumps od Jimmy Choo 'sonia' pumps od Jimmy Choo quick-view

Jimmy Choo

'SONIA' pumps

Enriched pumps od Marni Enriched pumps od Marni quick-view

Marni

Enriched pumps

'dorothy' heeled shoes od Michael Kors 'dorothy' heeled shoes od Michael Kors quick-view

Michael Kors

'DOROTHY' heeled shoes

'claire' heeled shoes od Michael Kors 'claire' heeled shoes od Michael Kors quick-view

Michael Kors

'CLAIRE' heeled shoes

'claire' heeled shoes od Michael Kors 'claire' heeled shoes od Michael Kors quick-view

Michael Kors

'CLAIRE' heeled shoes

'dorothy' heeled shoes od Michael Kors 'dorothy' heeled shoes od Michael Kors quick-view

Michael Kors

'DOROTHY' heeled shoes

'evangeline' stiletto sandals od Sophia Webster 'evangeline' stiletto sandals od Sophia Webster quick-view

Sophia Webster

'EVANGELINE' stiletto sandals

'bibi butterfly' velvet stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster 'bibi butterfly' velvet stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster quick-view

Sophia Webster

'BIBI BUTTERFLY' velvet stiletto pumps

'bibi butterfly' stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster 'bibi butterfly' stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster quick-view

Sophia Webster

'BIBI BUTTERFLY' stiletto pumps

'lucia' satin stiletto sandals od Sophia Webster 'lucia' satin stiletto sandals od Sophia Webster quick-view

Sophia Webster

'LUCIA' satin stiletto sandals

'chiara' stiletto sandals od Sophia Webster 'chiara' stiletto sandals od Sophia Webster quick-view

Sophia Webster

'CHIARA' stiletto sandals

'bibi butterfly' velvet stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster 'bibi butterfly' velvet stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster quick-view

Sophia Webster

'BIBI BUTTERFLY' velvet stiletto pumps

'lucia' stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster 'lucia' stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster quick-view

Sophia Webster

'LUCIA' stiletto pumps

'lucia' stiletto pumps with sock od Sophia Webster 'lucia' stiletto pumps with sock od Sophia Webster quick-view

Sophia Webster

'LUCIA' stiletto pumps with sock

'felicity' heeled ankle boots od Sophia Webster 'felicity' heeled ankle boots od Sophia Webster quick-view

Sophia Webster

'FELICITY' heeled ankle boots

Platform wedges od Balmain Platform wedges od Balmain quick-view

Balmain

Platform wedges

'calci' heeled ankle boots od Salvatore Ferragamo 'calci' heeled ankle boots od Salvatore Ferragamo quick-view

Salvatore Ferragamo

'CALCI' heeled ankle boots

Shoes on the platform od Stella McCartney Shoes on the platform od Stella McCartney quick-view

Stella McCartney

Shoes on the platform

Star motif heeled boots od Balmain Star motif heeled boots od Balmain quick-view

Balmain

Star motif heeled boots

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