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.

‘blade’ pumps od Saint Laurent ‘blade’ pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Blade’ pumps

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‘blade’ pumps od Saint Laurent ‘blade’ pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Blade’ pumps

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‘sloane’ slingback pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘sloane’ slingback pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Sloane’ slingback pumps

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‘blade’ pumps od Saint Laurent ‘blade’ pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Blade’ pumps

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Leather stiletto pumps od Marni Leather stiletto pumps od Marni

Marni

Leather stiletto pumps

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Heeled shoes od Gucci Heeled shoes od Gucci

Gucci

Heeled shoes

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Transparent pumps od Philipp Plein Transparent pumps od Philipp Plein

Philipp Plein

Transparent pumps

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‘paloma’ ankle boots od Sophia Webster ‘paloma’ ankle boots od Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

‘Paloma’ ankle boots

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‘rio’ stiletto pumps with sequins od Sophia Webster ‘rio’ stiletto pumps with sequins od Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

‘Rio’ stiletto pumps with sequins

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‘marissa’ woven pumps od Miista ‘marissa’ woven pumps od Miista

Miista

‘Marissa’ woven pumps

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‘alexia’ heeled pumps od Alexandre Vauthier ‘alexia’ heeled pumps od Alexandre Vauthier

Alexandre Vauthier

‘Alexia’ heeled pumps

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Stiletto pumps with metal details od Givenchy Stiletto pumps with metal details od Givenchy

Givenchy

Stiletto pumps with metal details

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‘taissa’ woven pumps od Miista ‘taissa’ woven pumps od Miista

Miista

‘Taissa’ woven pumps

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‘taissa’ woven pumps od Miista ‘taissa’ woven pumps od Miista

Miista

‘Taissa’ woven pumps

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‘brianna’ woven pumps od Miista ‘brianna’ woven pumps od Miista

Miista

‘Brianna’ woven pumps

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'carole' pumps od Saint Laurent 'carole' pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

'CAROLE' pumps

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Heeled pumps od Fendi Heeled pumps od Fendi

Fendi

Heeled pumps

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Peep-toe pumps od Bottega Veneta Peep-toe pumps od Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

Peep-toe pumps

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

Balmain

Stiletto pumps with sock

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Leather stiletto pumps od Versace Leather stiletto pumps od Versace

Versace

Leather stiletto pumps

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‘aoki’ pumps od Alexandre Vauthier ‘aoki’ pumps od Alexandre Vauthier

Alexandre Vauthier

‘Aoki’ pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ pumps

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‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

‘Jasmine’ pumps

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‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

‘Jasmine’ pumps

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‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

‘Jasmine’ pumps

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Cut-out pumps od Chloé Cut-out pumps od Chloé

Chloé

Cut-out pumps

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‘gaile’ pumps od Chloé ‘gaile’ pumps od Chloé

Chloé

‘Gaile’ pumps

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Cut-out pumps od Chloé Cut-out pumps od Chloé

Chloé

Cut-out pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ pumps

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Appliquéd stiletto pumps od Dolce & Gabbana Appliquéd stiletto pumps od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Appliquéd stiletto pumps

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

Balmain

Stiletto pumps with logo

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Heeled sandals od Dolce & Gabbana Heeled sandals od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Heeled sandals

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Peep-toe pumps od Bottega Veneta Peep-toe pumps od Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

Peep-toe pumps

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‘romy’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘romy’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Romy’ pumps

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Pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana Pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Pumps with logo

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‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

‘Jasmine’ pumps

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‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster ‘jasmine’ pumps od Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

‘Jasmine’ pumps

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‘spatolina’ heeled pumps od Marsell ‘spatolina’ heeled pumps od Marsell

Marsell

‘Spatolina’ heeled pumps

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Appliquéd stiletto pumps od Dolce & Gabbana Appliquéd stiletto pumps od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Appliquéd stiletto pumps

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‘breslin’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘breslin’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Breslin’ pumps

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Stiletto pumps od Maison Margiela Stiletto pumps od Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela

Stiletto pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ stiletto pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ stiletto pumps

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‘the madame’ pumps od Bottega Veneta ‘the madame’ pumps od Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

‘The Madame’ pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ stiletto pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ stiletto pumps

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‘mair’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘mair’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Mair’ pumps

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‘mair’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘mair’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Mair’ pumps

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‘mair’ pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘mair’ pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Mair’ pumps

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Heeled pumps with logo od J.W. Anderson Heeled pumps with logo od J.W. Anderson

J.W. Anderson

Heeled pumps with logo

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Heeled pumps with logo od J.W. Anderson Heeled pumps with logo od J.W. Anderson

J.W. Anderson

Heeled pumps with logo

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Heeled pumps with logo od Moschino Heeled pumps with logo od Moschino

Moschino

Heeled pumps with logo

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‘judy’ stiletto pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘judy’ stiletto pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Judy’ stiletto pumps

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‘gilda’ stiletto sock pumps od Le Silla ‘gilda’ stiletto sock pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Gilda’ stiletto sock pumps

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’the madame’ heeled pumps od Bottega Veneta ’the madame’ heeled pumps od Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

’The Madame’ heeled pumps

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‘les chaussures novio’ pumps od Jacquemus ‘les chaussures novio’ pumps od Jacquemus

Jacquemus

‘Les Chaussures Novio’ pumps

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‘les chaussures novio’ pumps od Jacquemus ‘les chaussures novio’ pumps od Jacquemus

Jacquemus

‘Les Chaussures Novio’ pumps

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‘les chaussures novio’ pumps od Jacquemus ‘les chaussures novio’ pumps od Jacquemus

Jacquemus

‘Les Chaussures Novio’ pumps

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‘avery’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘avery’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Avery’ pumps

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

Versace Jeans Couture

Heeled pumps

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Heeled pumps od JIL SANDER Heeled pumps od JIL SANDER

JIL SANDER

Heeled pumps

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‘malaga’ stiletto pumps od Gucci ‘malaga’ stiletto pumps od Gucci

Gucci

‘Malaga’ stiletto pumps

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Leather pumps od Maison Margiela Leather pumps od Maison Margiela

Maison Margiela

Leather pumps

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‘opyum’ heeled sandals od Saint Laurent ‘opyum’ heeled sandals od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Opyum’ heeled sandals

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Stiletto with logo od Balenciaga Stiletto with logo od Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Stiletto with logo

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Leather stiletto pumps od Balenciaga Leather stiletto pumps od Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Leather stiletto pumps

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Etro x gianvito rossi od Etro Etro x gianvito rossi od Etro

Etro

Etro x Gianvito Rossi

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Mesh stiletto pumps od Le Silla Mesh stiletto pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

Mesh stiletto pumps

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‘mair’ suede pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘mair’ suede pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Mair’ suede pumps

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

Dolce & Gabbana

Stiletto pumps with logo

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‘deco prince’ stiletto pumps od Le Silla ‘deco prince’ stiletto pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Deco Prince’ stiletto pumps

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

Le Silla

‘Deco Eva’ stiletto pumps

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

Le Silla

‘Deco Eva’ stiletto pumps

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

Le Silla

‘Deco Ivy’ stiletto pumps

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

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Vara’ heeled pumps

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‘love 100’ leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘love 100’ leather stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Love 100’ leather stiletto pumps

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‘sae’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo ‘sae’ stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Sae’ stiletto pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ suede stiletto pumps

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Leather pumps with logo od Moschino Leather pumps with logo od Moschino

Moschino

Leather pumps with logo

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‘rya’ stiletto mules od Jimmy Choo ‘rya’ stiletto mules od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

‘Rya’ stiletto mules

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Stiletto pumps with logo od Moschino Stiletto pumps with logo od Moschino PERMANENT COLLECTION

Moschino

Stiletto pumps with logo

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'romy' suede stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo 'romy' suede stiletto pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'ROMY' suede stiletto pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ leather stiletto pumps

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

Jimmy Choo

‘Love’ stiletto pumps

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Stiletto pumps od The Attico Stiletto pumps od The Attico

The Attico

Stiletto pumps

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‘rolo’ pumps with logo od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘rolo’ pumps with logo od Salvatore Ferragamo PERMANENT COLLECTION

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Rolo’ pumps with logo

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'franne' heeled pumps od Chloé 'franne' heeled pumps od Chloé

Chloé

'FRANNE' heeled pumps

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Stiletto pumps od The Attico Stiletto pumps od The Attico

The Attico

Stiletto pumps

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Appliquéd stiletto pumps od Alexander McQueen Appliquéd stiletto pumps od Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Appliquéd stiletto pumps

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‘alex’ stiletto pumps od Alexandre Vauthier ‘alex’ stiletto pumps od Alexandre Vauthier

Alexandre Vauthier

‘Alex’ stiletto pumps

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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