Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik is the modern legend for today’s stiletto heel, probably the greatest shoemaker of the 20th and 21st centuries. The maestro of mules did not come from fashion royalty: Manolo Blahnik was born in 1943 on his parents’ banana plantation in the Canary Islands. After an unsuccessful time studying law and politics in Geneva, …

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Salvatore Ferragamo

Taking his cue from Roger Vivier, Salvatore Ferragamo took the stiletto to the next level. This Italian shoemaker immigrated to Boston with his family in 1914 where he worked in a boot factory. Not long after that he moved to California with his brothers, where he opened a shoe repair shop near Hollywood that eventually …

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Roger Vivier

The world of stiletto heels owes its popularity if not its existence to French designer Roger Vivier.  Named for the Italian word meaning small metal dagger, stilettos became an international sensation when Vivier first introduced them in 1954 for the House of Dior. While the idea of a stiletto heel was hinted at through fetish …

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