Category Archives: 5 best high heels in the world… ever!

Saint Laurent’s Tribute sandals – and the Tribtoo too

tribute by Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent’s platform Tribute sandal made its debut in 2004 under the brand’s then creative director Stefano Pilati.

Back then, Saint Laurent was known as Yves Saint Laurent and Tribute fast became a celebrity favorite.

Production of the shoe continued after French fashion designer Hedi Slimane took over the brand in 2013, rebadging YSL as Saint Laurent.

Tribute’s distinctive strappy look and longevity mean it is instantly recognisable as an iconic designer shoe.

Tribute is currently available in a range of colors and heights at Barney’s. The version pictured here costs $895.

Tribtoo pump by Saint Laurent

The Tribtoo platform pump with its distinctive square heel (also known as the Trib Too) evolved from the Tribute sandal at some point during this period and became another go-to shoe for celebrities.

Tribtoo has been seen on A-listers such as Paris, Salma, Brittany, Heidi, Victoria, Christina, Drew… pretty much anyone actually. The shoe retails via Barney’s for $795.

Saint Laurent’s iconic Tribute high heel is one of the five high heeled shoes you should own before you die.

To see the others, take a look at the shoes we’ve rated as five of the best high heels in the world ever.

Gianmarco Lorenzi sandals: creating dreams on women’s feet

Gianmarco Lorenzi double platform

Gianmarco Lorenzi’s mission statement is to create dreams on women’s feet. He’s been doing that for over 30 years, finding particular fame with the double platform look featured here.

So much so that the indented Lorenzi platform was rapidly copied in stripper shoes.

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Many of Lorenzi’s recent creations have incorporated the double platform, including the Daisy leather sandals embellished with  yellow gold Swarovski crystals from the Black Label range.

They’re currently on sale at Gianmarco Lorenzi London for £440.

Despite being a celebrity favorite, Lorenzi maintains a low profile. The only Gianmarco Lorenzi quote we could find online was this one:

The perfect shoe is a result of a delicate balance between fashion and my personal idea of femininity.

This unmistakeable look from an iconic brand makes it one of our five most iconic high heeled shoes in the world right now.

Gianmarco Lorenzi


Gianmarco Lorenzi’s iconic double platform heels are one of the five high heeled shoes you should own before you die.

To see the others, take a look at the shoes we’ve rated as the best five high heels in the world ever.

BB pump by Manolo Blahnik: “totally timeless and very chic and flattering”

BB pump by Manolo Blahnik

In 2012 Manolo Blahnik confirmed that his BB pump is the best-selling shoe he had ever produced, describing it as “totally timeless and very chic and flattering.”

BB is named after sex symbol Brigitte Bardot, and it is inspired by the fashions of the 1950s when Bardot reigned supreme.

Blahnik reintroduced the BB court shoe in 2009, and since then it has been produced in over 50 colors and in heel heights ranging from 2 inches to nearly 5 inches. 4 inches remains the staple though.

Manolo Blahnik BB pump

Blahnik’s favorite color BB is sold out (“I love it in beautiful silk ottoman, in the brightest Spanish yellow,” the designer once told ELLE) but the BB is available from Bergdorf Goodman in over 50 colors with prices starting from $595.

BB is also available online from Sak’s Fifth Avenue. See it in grey coated satin here.

Manolo Blahnik’s iconic BB high heel is one of the five high heeled shoes you should own before you die.

To see the others, take a look at the shoes we’ve rated as the best five high heels in the world ever.

Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle high heel: “the design that encapsulates my career”

Christian Louboutin Pigalle

With its trademark red sole and revealing toe-cleavage, the classic Pigalle pump is Christian Louboutin’s most popular and revered stiletto of his 20+ year design career.

The shoe is named Pigalle after one of Louboutin’s favorite neighborhoods in Paris: the Quartier Pigalle is home to the famous Moulin Rogue cabaret as well as dozens of other theatres and shows.

Pigalle comes in a range of different heel heights besides the 120mm (5 inches) shown here. They include the more walkable 100mm (4 inches) and 85mm (3.4 inches) versions.

Since debuting in 2004, the shoe has been produced in a vast range of colors and of diverse materials including python and watersnake.

Spiked versions and even flat versions of the Pigalle are on sale right now. However the classic shiny black patent leather red-soled shoe on a 5 inch heel is the original and most loved Pigalle look of all time.

Pigalle is the most famous and recognisable Louboutin of all time. So much so that Louboutin has himself described it as “the design that encapsulates my career.”

Louboutin has made plenty of classic pumps (including the relatively new celeb favourite the So Kate) but Pigalle will always be the indispensable heel in any designer shoe wardrobe.

This all unfortunately means that Pigalle is so popular that it can be difficult to lay your hands on a pair. Try your luck at Louboutin’s website where it retails for $625.

Christian Louboutin’s iconic Pigalle high heel pump is one of the five high heeled shoes you should own before you die.

To see the others, take a look at the shoes we’ve rated as the best five high heels in the world ever.

Cesare Casadei’s Blade high heel: a magnificent obsession

Casadei blade heels


In the same way that the Charlotte Olympia platform has come to define that brand’s shoes, or the Alexander McQueen armadillo heels have allowed McQueen’s legacy to live beyond the grave, Cesare Casadei’s blade heel has become the label’s signature tune. Casadei is already describing it as “iconic.”

Launched in 2011, the ‘blade’ heel is a stiletto heel made of real steel. The shoe took literally years of research to get right, and the blades are individually handmade, one by one, by shoemakers in the label’s Italian factory.

After being honed to the point where they look like a sharp razor blade, the heels are then individually”welded” to the upper soles of shoes by a leather sheath. The process was so difficult that the designer described it as an “obsession.”

In fact the blade heel nearly didn’t happen at all. The successful end-product was Casadei’s last try at creating the steel stiletto. “Nobody did it before us. After five months I thought it was impossible,” Casadei confessed in February 2014.

Shortly after its creation, the blade heel was popularised by Kim Kardashian, who tweeted that her pair were the “perfect hot pink heel” in April 2012.

Other celebrities followed and Casadei’s blades have since been seen on all the usual suspects: Kylie Minogue, Eva Longoria and Victoria Beckham have all stepped out in the shoes.

In March 2014 HIMYM actress Cobie Smulders  wore a pink pair to the premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the El Capitan Theatre.

Cobie Smulders in Casadei Blade pumps


Design doesn’t stand still. For Fall / Winter 2013-14, the designer reinterpreted the blade heel, making it into a wider golden column shape named the “BladeOne.”

The original blade is still going strong too. The shape may have started on pumps but it has rapidly now expanded to be seen on Casadei boots, sandals and other shoes – even wedges!

The blade heel is available online from Casadei for €620 (around US$850).

Blade pump by Casadei


Cesare Casadei’s iconic Blade high heel is one of the five high heeled shoes you should own before you die.

To see the others, take a look at the shoes we’ve rated as the five of the best high heels in the world ever.