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Vintage High Heels

“I don’t know who invented the high heel,” said Marilyn Monroe, “but all women owe him a lot.”
When Marilyn Monroe said these words, she could have had little idea of the dizzy heights high heels would reach in the 20th century.  Both women and men have been lifting themselves from the floor with heels for centuries but it wasn’t until in 1954 when Roger Vivier took thin rods of steel and inserted them into the heel that the full potential for these vintage high heels and a stiletto heel became apparent.  From then on, heels have taken every form from the classic stiletto, moulded sculptural masterpieces and even heel-less. 

Looking back through the decades, there are a myriad of styles to choose from with vintage t strap heels to vintage platform shoes and sometimes their dates may surprise you.  Predating Roger Vivier, the iconic Salvatore Ferragamo Rainbow Wedges were in fact made for Judy Garland in 1938 though they seem closer to something from the swinging sixties.  Designers have adapted shape and form to create weird and wonderful creations which bend the mind.  Alexander McQueen was the fashion king of the extraordinary shoe, most notably with the Armadillo boots from his Plato’s Atlantis (Spring/Summer 2010) collection.  At 30 cm high from floor to ankle and a slightly inward bending heel, they seem an impossible feet of engineering. Yet these weird hoof like creations were the perfect base for his collection and have possibly been celebrated beyond the clothes.  They prove the power of a great pair of high heel shoes.

The scientifically proven temporary posture and bottom boosting power of a great high heel makes them irresistible to many women as proved by the popularity of plain high heel pumps from designers such as Christian Louboutin.  These shoes, whether high or moderately heeled can give add height and elongate the figure in any outfit.  However, vintage high heel shoes prove that designers have also playfully taken advantage of sky scraper heights.  In 1993, Vivienne Westwood’s Fall show was immortalised by Naomi Campbell’s tumble from her platform lace ups and Daphne Guinness can often be seen in her signature heel-less beauties.  If you come a cropper take a leaf from Guinness’s book ‘What is the taboo around falling down? You're supposed to feel embarrassed. But you know, gravity, man.’  Psychologists have studied a woman’s attraction to shoes and have many theories from the frustrated traveller to Cinderella and searching for enlightenment.  Yet we all know that, even on a day when we are not feeling our best, a pair of high heel shoes whether we wear them to please others eyes or just our own, can add a large (if slightly wobbly) spring to your step.

Take a look through Open For Vintage’s collection of vintage heels, whether you are looking for a specific event such as vintage wedding heels or simply for pleasure, there is plenty to inspire.

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Christian Louboutin Natural Tan Snakeskin Python Cut Out Stiletto Heels Size 38

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > CHRISTIAN LOBOUTIN Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, ,
£560.00

40s Red Leather and Snakeskin Platforms

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > RENAZZO Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, ,
£400.00

Dolce & Gabbana Brown Snakeskin Heeled Jeweled Sandals Size 38

Style Keyword : Sandals Label 1 : Shoes > Sandals,Shoes > DOLCE & GABBANA Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : 38
£135.00

Dolce & Gabbana Color Block Slingback Pumps Heels Size 38

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > DOLCE & GABBANA Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Purple, , Size : 38
£210.00

Gucci Gray Leather Ankle Wrap Strap Platforms Shoes Sandals Sz 39

Style Keyword : Sandals Label 1 : Shoes > Sandals,Shoes > Gucci Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : 39
£195.00

Christian Dior Leopard Ponyhair Wooden Heel Platform Sandals 35.5

Style Keyword : Sandals Label 1 : Shoes > Sandals,Shoes > Christian Dior Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : see description
£190.00

Black Suede High Heels Slingback Shoes Size 39

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 39
£195.00

Two Tone Glitter Cap Toe Slingback Pumps Heels

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 36
£445.00

Woven Raffia Patent Leather Slingback Pumps

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Fendi Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 36
£335.00

Leather Cap Toe Chain Platform Slingback

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 36
£625.00

Chanel Black Silk Camellia Slingback Heels

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£635.00

Gianni Versace Black Satin Open Toe Slingback with Rhinestones

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > VERSACE Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£770.00

Chanel Bi Toned Leather Pointy Slingback Heels

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Metallic, ,
£555.00

Gucci by Tom Ford Green Python Snakeskin Slingback Pumps

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Gucci Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, ,
£525.00

Chanel Bi Tones Slingback Heels

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£545.00

Chanel Bi Tone Metallic Orange with Black Patent Square Toe Mary Jane Slingback

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Orange, ,
£305.00

Chanel Bi Tone Metallic Gold with Black Patent Square Toe Mary Jane Slingback

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, ,
£360.00

Chanel Bi Tone Metallic Silver with Black Patent Square Toe Slingback Shoes

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Chanel Metal : Silver Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Silver, ,
£385.00

Christian Louboutin Peep Toe Slingbacks Us 8.5 39.5 Pre-Owned Used

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > CHRISTIAN LOBOUTIN Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 39.5 - Fits lik a US 8.5
£235.00

Hermes Shimmery Golden Leather Strappy High Heels size 38

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£680.00

Christian Louboutin Nude Glitter Peek-a-boo Stilettos Size 38.5

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > CHRISTIAN LOBOUTIN Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, ,
£680.00

Black & White Chanel Slingback Platform Pumps

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Chanel Style : Revival Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, ,
£295.00

Teal Christian Dior Embossed Slingback Pumps

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > Christian Dior Style : Revival Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£285.00

Black Louis Vuitton Slingback Pumps

Style Keyword : High Heels Label 1 : Shoes > High Heels,Shoes > LOUIS VUITTON Style : Revival Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, ,
£305.00

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