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.

'mellie' pumps od Michael Kors 'mellie' pumps od Michael Kors

Michael Kors

'MELLIE' pumps

'perry' pumps od Chloe 'perry' pumps od Chloe

Chloe

'PERRY' pumps

'perry' pumps od Chloe 'perry' pumps od Chloe

Chloe

'PERRY' pumps

Peep toe pumps od Chloe Peep toe pumps od Chloe

Chloe

Peep toe pumps

'lauren' pumps od Chloe 'lauren' pumps od Chloe

Chloe

'LAUREN' pumps

Embossed pumps od Chloe Embossed pumps od Chloe

Chloe

Embossed pumps

Logo pumps od Balenciaga Logo pumps od Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Logo pumps

Open-rear pumps od Marni Open-rear pumps od Marni

Marni

Open-rear pumps

Embellished wedge boots od Salvatore Ferragamo Embellished wedge boots od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Embellished wedge boots

'freja' pumps od Saint Laurent Paris 'freja' pumps od Saint Laurent Paris

Saint Laurent Paris

'FREJA' pumps

'opyum' pumps od Saint Laurent Paris 'opyum' pumps od Saint Laurent Paris

Saint Laurent Paris

'OPYUM' pumps

'lizzy' pumps od Michael Kors 'lizzy' pumps od Michael Kors

Michael Kors

'LIZZY' pumps

'renee' pumps od Sophia Webster 'renee' pumps od Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

'RENEE' pumps

'lizzy' pumps od Michael Kors 'lizzy' pumps od Michael Kors

Michael Kors

'LIZZY' pumps

Pointed toe pumps od Gucci Pointed toe pumps od Gucci

Gucci

Pointed toe pumps

Studded pumps od Gucci Studded pumps od Gucci

Gucci

Studded pumps

Bow pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo Bow pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Bow pumps

Bow pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo Bow pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Bow pumps

Embellished pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo Embellished pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Embellished pumps

Embellished pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo Embellished pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Embellished pumps

Sequinned pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo Sequinned pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Sequinned pumps

Square toe pumps od Stella McCartney Square toe pumps od Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Square toe pumps

'anja' stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent Paris 'anja' stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent Paris

Saint Laurent Paris

'ANJA' stiletto pumps

'anja' pumps od Saint Laurent Paris 'anja' pumps od Saint Laurent Paris

Saint Laurent Paris

'ANJA' pumps

'anja' pumps od Saint Laurent Paris 'anja' pumps od Saint Laurent Paris

Saint Laurent Paris

'ANJA' pumps

Logo-embossed heeled sandals od Versace Logo-embossed heeled sandals od Versace

Versace

Logo-embossed heeled sandals

'd-ipper' pumps od Diesel 'd-ipper' pumps od Diesel

Diesel

'D-IPPER' pumps

'dicker' heeled ankle boots od Isabel Marant 'dicker' heeled ankle boots od Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

'DICKER' heeled ankle boots

High heel boots od Marni High heel boots od Marni

Marni

High heel boots

'moon' pumps od Jimmy Choo 'moon' pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'MOON' pumps

'lucy' pumps od Jimmy Choo 'lucy' pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'LUCY' pumps

'mike' pumps od Chloe 'mike' pumps od Chloe

Chloe

'MIKE' pumps

Sheer 'romy' pumps od Jimmy Choo Sheer 'romy' pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

Sheer 'ROMY' pumps

'romy' pumps od Jimmy Choo 'romy' pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'ROMY' pumps

'romy' pumps od Jimmy Choo 'romy' pumps od Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

'ROMY' pumps

Suede pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo Suede pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Suede pumps

Leather pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo Leather pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Leather pumps

Heeled ankle boots od Salvatore Ferragamo Heeled ankle boots od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Heeled ankle boots

Pumps with bow od Salvatore Ferragamo Pumps with bow od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Pumps with bow

Pumps with bow od Salvatore Ferragamo Pumps with bow od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Pumps with bow

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