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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.…

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Gianmarco Lorenzi sandals: creating dreams on women’s feet

Gianmarco Lorenzi double platforms

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. Many of Lorenzi’s recent creations have incorporated the double platform, including the Daisy leather sandals embellished with  yellow gold Swarovski…

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

Manolo Blahnik BB pump

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…

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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…

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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…

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