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.

‘sling’ pumps od Dolce & Gabbana ‘sling’ pumps od Dolce & Gabbana SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Dolce & Gabbana

‘Sling’ pumps

Heeled sandals od Dsquared2 Heeled sandals od Dsquared2 SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Dsquared2

Heeled sandals

‘almond’ heeled mules od Bottega Veneta ‘almond’ heeled mules od Bottega Veneta SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Bottega Veneta

‘Almond’ heeled mules

Mirror-embellished pumps od Bottega Veneta Mirror-embellished pumps od Bottega Veneta SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Bottega Veneta

Mirror-embellished pumps

‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta ‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Bottega Veneta

‘Almond’ pumps

Leather pumps od Chloe Leather pumps od Chloe SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Chloe

Leather pumps

‘geneva pump’ stiletto pumps od Michael Kors ‘geneva pump’ stiletto pumps od Michael Kors SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Michael Kors

‘Geneva Pump’ stiletto pumps

‘slingback’ pumps with cut-out od Dolce & Gabbana ‘slingback’ pumps with cut-out od Dolce & Gabbana SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Dolce & Gabbana

‘Slingback’ pumps with cut-out

‘slingback’ pumps with cut-out od Dolce & Gabbana ‘slingback’ pumps with cut-out od Dolce & Gabbana SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Dolce & Gabbana

‘Slingback’ pumps with cut-out

Stiletto pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana Stiletto pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Dolce & Gabbana

Stiletto pumps with logo

Baroque motif stiletto pumps od Versace Baroque motif stiletto pumps od Versace SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Versace

Baroque motif stiletto pumps

Heeled ankle boots od Balenciaga Heeled ankle boots od Balenciaga SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Balenciaga

Heeled ankle boots

‘colibre’ stiletto pumps od Fendi ‘colibre’ stiletto pumps od Fendi SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Fendi

‘Colibre’ stiletto pumps

‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta ‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Bottega Veneta

‘Almond’ pumps

Stiletto pumps with pointed toe od Dolce & Gabbana Stiletto pumps with pointed toe od Dolce & Gabbana SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Dolce & Gabbana

Stiletto pumps with pointed toe

Baroque motif stiletto pumps od Versace Baroque motif stiletto pumps od Versace SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Versace

Baroque motif stiletto pumps

Leather stiletto pumps with cut-out od Versace Leather stiletto pumps with cut-out od Versace SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Versace

Leather stiletto pumps with cut-out

Stiletto pumps with decorative applique od Versace Stiletto pumps with decorative applique od Versace SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Versace

Stiletto pumps with decorative applique

‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta ‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Bottega Veneta

‘Almond’ pumps

Leather stiletto sandals od Giuseppe Zanotti Leather stiletto sandals od Giuseppe Zanotti SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Giuseppe Zanotti

Leather stiletto sandals

Slingback suede stiletto pumps od Red Valentino Slingback suede stiletto pumps od Red Valentino SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Red Valentino

Slingback suede stiletto pumps

‘brielle’ stiletto pumps od Michael Kors ‘brielle’ stiletto pumps od Michael Kors SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Michael Kors

‘Brielle’ stiletto pumps

‘d-slanty habz’ stiletto ankle boots od Diesel ‘d-slanty habz’ stiletto ankle boots od Diesel SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Diesel

‘D-Slanty habz’ stiletto ankle boots

‘love’ glitter stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘love’ glitter stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo PERMANENT COLLECTION

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ glitter stiletto pumps

‘love’ glitter stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘love’ glitter stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo PERMANENT COLLECTION

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ glitter stiletto pumps

'elyse' platform shoes od Stella McCartney 'elyse' platform shoes od Stella McCartney PERMANENT COLLECTION

Stella McCartney

'ELYSE' platform shoes

'elyse' platform shoes od Stella McCartney 'elyse' platform shoes od Stella McCartney SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Stella McCartney

'ELYSE' platform shoes

‘judy’ stiletto pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘judy’ stiletto pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Judy’ stiletto pumps

‘lina’ heeled ankle boots od Wandler ‘lina’ heeled ankle boots od Wandler SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Wandler

‘Lina’ heeled ankle boots

Barocco-printed stiletto pumps od Versace Barocco-printed stiletto pumps od Versace SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Versace

Barocco-printed stiletto pumps

‘esther’ leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘esther’ leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo PERMANENT COLLECTION

Jimmy Choo

‘Esther’ leather stiletto pumps

‘esther’ leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘esther’ leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Jimmy Choo

‘Esther’ leather stiletto pumps

‘isa’ stiletto mules od Wandler ‘isa’ stiletto mules od Wandler SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Wandler

‘Isa’ stiletto mules

‘romy’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘romy’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Jimmy Choo

‘Romy’ stiletto pumps

‘rosalind’ heeled sandals od Sophia Webster ‘rosalind’ heeled sandals od Sophia Webster SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Sophia Webster

‘Rosalind’ heeled sandals

‘riva’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘riva’ pumps od Sophia Webster SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Sophia Webster

‘Riva’ pumps

‘maple’ platform pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘maple’ platform pumps od Jimmy Choo SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Jimmy Choo

‘Maple’ platform pumps

‘coco’ stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster ‘coco’ stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Sophia Webster

‘Coco’ stiletto pumps

‘coco’ stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster ‘coco’ stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Sophia Webster

‘Coco’ stiletto pumps

‘coco’ mules od Sophia Webster ‘coco’ mules od Sophia Webster SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Sophia Webster

‘Coco’ mules

‘colibr’ stiletto pumps od Fendi ‘colibr’ stiletto pumps od Fendi SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Fendi

‘Colibr’ stiletto pumps

‘love’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘love’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ stiletto pumps

Stiletto pumps with transparent inserts od Red Valentino Stiletto pumps with transparent inserts od Red Valentino SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Red Valentino

Stiletto pumps with transparent inserts

‘judy’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘judy’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Judy’ pumps

‘judy’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘judy’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Judy’ pumps

‘babette’ glitter stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘babette’ glitter stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Jimmy Choo

‘Babette’ glitter stiletto pumps

‘chiara’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘chiara’ pumps od Sophia Webster SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Sophia Webster

‘Chiara’ pumps

‘angelo’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘angelo’ pumps od Sophia Webster SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Sophia Webster

‘Angelo’ pumps

‘coco’ stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster ‘coco’ stiletto pumps od Sophia Webster SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Sophia Webster

‘Coco’ stiletto pumps

Quilted pumps od Bottega Veneta Quilted pumps od Bottega Veneta PERMANENT COLLECTION

Bottega Veneta

Quilted pumps

'opyum' pumps od Saint Laurent 'opyum' pumps od Saint Laurent SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Saint Laurent

'OPYUM' pumps

Stiletto pumps with logo od Gucci Stiletto pumps with logo od Gucci SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Gucci

Stiletto pumps with logo

‘zoe’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent ‘zoe’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Saint Laurent

‘Zoe’ stiletto pumps

Leather pumps od Marsell Leather pumps od Marsell SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Marsell

Leather pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

'LOVE' leather stiletto pumps

Branded leather stiletto pumps od Dsquared2 Branded leather stiletto pumps od Dsquared2 SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Dsquared2

Branded leather stiletto pumps

Leather pumps od Maison Margiela Leather pumps od Maison Margiela SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Maison Margiela

Leather pumps

Logo stiletto pumps od Gucci Logo stiletto pumps od Gucci SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Gucci

Logo stiletto pumps

Patterned stiletto pumps od Burberry Patterned stiletto pumps od Burberry SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Burberry

Patterned stiletto pumps

‘kiki’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent ‘kiki’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Saint Laurent

‘Kiki’ stiletto 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