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Aerodynamics that made stilettos possible

October 17, 2013


We are gladly bearing the pain, voluntarily putting ourselves into hardships. By swinging with hips, women are daily doing a great balancing act, all just to look good. No wonder the first footsteps in stilettos are attributed to Parisian fetishists of the late 19th century.

After many short lived attempts to achieve a wearable pair, it was a famous French shoemaker Roger Vivier, who finally made it in the 1950s. By using the knowledge of aerodynamics engineers, he introduced a pointed shoe, with a thin rod of steel within the heel. It was spiky and could exceed breathtaking 8 cm (3.15 inches). Vivier saw the shoe as a piece of sculpture whose shape he was tirelessly altering. Lines have always enthralled me…I’ll re-sketch my drawing five hundred times to check the exactness of the idea and respect the foot’s architecture.

Currently his work can be admired in Palais de Tokyo, in Paris. The Virgule, etc. retrospective commemorating 60th anniversary of stilettos exhibits 140 masterpieces by Roger Vivier. Marilyn Monroe once said I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.


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