WOMEN’S PUMPS

Millions of women succumb to the power and allure of high heel shoes, while the world succumbs to the women who wear them. Put simply, the pump means success, status and sex appeal.

‘petalo’ embellished stiletto pumps od Le Silla ‘petalo’ embellished stiletto pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Petalo’ embellished stiletto pumps

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Stiletto pumps with logo od Fendi Stiletto pumps with logo od Fendi

Fendi

Stiletto pumps with logo

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Stiletto pumps with logo od Fendi Stiletto pumps with logo od Fendi

Fendi

Stiletto pumps with logo

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Leather pumps od Michael Michael Kors Leather pumps od Michael Michael Kors

Michael Michael Kors

Leather pumps

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‘leigh’ leather stiletto pumps od Stuart Weitzman ‘leigh’ leather stiletto pumps od Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

‘Leigh’ leather stiletto pumps

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‘viva’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo ‘viva’ pumps od Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

‘Viva’ pumps

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'lola' pumps od The Attico 'lola' pumps od The Attico

The Attico

'LOLA' pumps

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Stiletto pumps with logo od Fendi Stiletto pumps with logo od Fendi

Fendi

Stiletto pumps with logo

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‘petalo’ embellished stiletto pumps od Le Silla ‘petalo’ embellished stiletto pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Petalo’ embellished stiletto pumps

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Slingback pumps od Marni Slingback pumps od Marni

Marni

Slingback pumps

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‘eva’ stiletto pumps od Le Silla ‘eva’ stiletto pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Eva’ stiletto pumps

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‘leigh’ leather stiletto pumps od Stuart Weitzman ‘leigh’ leather stiletto pumps od Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

‘Leigh’ leather stiletto pumps

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‘leigh’ leather stiletto pumps od Stuart Weitzman ‘leigh’ leather stiletto pumps od Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

‘Leigh’ leather stiletto pumps

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‘leigh’ leather stiletto pumps od Stuart Weitzman ‘leigh’ leather stiletto pumps od Stuart Weitzman

Stuart Weitzman

‘Leigh’ leather stiletto pumps

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Leather stiletto pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana Leather stiletto pumps with logo od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Leather stiletto pumps with logo

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Embellished pumps od Dolce & Gabbana Embellished pumps od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Embellished pumps

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Embellished stiletto pumps od Dolce & Gabbana Embellished stiletto pumps od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Embellished stiletto pumps

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‘cardinale’ stiletto pumps od Dolce & Gabbana ‘cardinale’ stiletto pumps od Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

‘Cardinale’ stiletto pumps

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‘eva’ stiletto pumps od Le Silla ‘eva’ stiletto pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Eva’ stiletto pumps

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‘bianca’ mules od Saint Laurent ‘bianca’ mules od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Bianca’ mules

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Stiletto ankle boots od Off-White Stiletto ankle boots od Off-White

Off-White

Stiletto ankle boots

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‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta ‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

‘Almond’ pumps

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‘pixie’ stiletto pumps od Michael Michael Kors ‘pixie’ stiletto pumps od Michael Michael Kors

Michael Michael Kors

‘Pixie’ stiletto pumps

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‘joanna’ heeled ankle boots od AllSaints ‘joanna’ heeled ankle boots od AllSaints

AllSaints

‘Joanna’ heeled ankle boots

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Stiletto heeled suede sandals od Giuseppe Zanotti Stiletto heeled suede sandals od Giuseppe Zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti

Stiletto heeled suede sandals

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Pumps with logo od Moschino Pumps with logo od Moschino

Moschino

Pumps with logo

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Heeled pumps with logo od Versace Heeled pumps with logo od Versace

Versace

Heeled pumps with logo

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‘paris’ suede stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent ‘paris’ suede stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Paris’ suede stiletto pumps

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‘paris’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent ‘paris’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Paris’ stiletto pumps

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Embellished stiletto pumps od Balmain Embellished stiletto pumps od Balmain

Balmain

Embellished stiletto pumps

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‘zumi’ stiletto pumps od Gucci ‘zumi’ stiletto pumps od Gucci

Gucci

‘Zumi’ stiletto pumps

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‘keke’ stiletto pumps od Michael Michael Kors ‘keke’ stiletto pumps od Michael Michael Kors

Michael Michael Kors

‘Keke’ stiletto pumps

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‘keke’ stiletto pumps od Michael Michael Kors ‘keke’ stiletto pumps od Michael Michael Kors

Michael Michael Kors

‘Keke’ stiletto pumps

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'anas' leather pumps od Saint Laurent 'anas' leather pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

'ANAS' leather pumps

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Leather pumps od Saint Laurent Leather pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Leather pumps

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‘anas’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent ‘anas’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Anas’ stiletto pumps

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Web stripe loafers od Gucci Web stripe loafers od Gucci

Gucci

Web stripe loafers

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Pumps with logo od Fendi Pumps with logo od Fendi

Fendi

Pumps with logo

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‘bombe’ heeled sandals od Alaia ‘bombe’ heeled sandals od Alaia

Alaia

‘Bombe’ heeled sandals

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‘opyum’ pumps with logo heel od Saint Laurent ‘opyum’ pumps with logo heel od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Opyum’ pumps with logo heel

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‘zoe’ leather stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent ‘zoe’ leather stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Zoe’ leather stiletto pumps

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Heeled ankle boots od Bottega Veneta Heeled ankle boots od Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

Heeled ankle boots

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'paloe' leather stiletto pumps od Isabel Marant 'paloe' leather stiletto pumps od Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

'PALOE' leather stiletto pumps

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Suede pumps od Alexander McQueen Suede pumps od Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Suede pumps

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‘deco’ stilettos od Le Silla ‘deco’ stilettos od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Deco’ stilettos

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‘nicole’ stilettos od Le Silla ‘nicole’ stilettos od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Nicole’ stilettos

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‘eva’ stiletto pumps od Le Silla ‘eva’ stiletto pumps od Le Silla

Le Silla

‘Eva’ stiletto pumps

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'lauren’ pumps od Chloé 'lauren’ pumps od Chloé

Chloé

'Lauren’ pumps

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Studded pumps od Alexander McQueen Studded pumps od Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Studded pumps

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‘anja’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent ‘anja’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Anja’ stiletto pumps

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‘opyum’ pumps with logo heel od Saint Laurent ‘opyum’ pumps with logo heel od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Opyum’ pumps with logo heel

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‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta ‘almond’ pumps od Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

‘Almond’ pumps

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Stilettos with logo od Versace Jeans Couture Stilettos with logo od Versace Jeans Couture

Versace Jeans Couture

Stilettos with logo

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‘anja’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent ‘anja’ stiletto pumps od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Anja’ stiletto pumps

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‘tate’ heeled ankle boots od The Attico ‘tate’ heeled ankle boots od The Attico

The Attico

‘Tate’ heeled ankle boots

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Studded pumps od Alaia Studded pumps od Alaia

Alaia

Studded pumps

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Stilettos with logo od Versace Jeans Couture Stilettos with logo od Versace Jeans Couture

Versace Jeans Couture

Stilettos with logo

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Logo pumps od Versace Jeans Couture Logo pumps od Versace Jeans Couture

Versace Jeans Couture

Logo pumps

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Stilettos with logo od Versace Jeans Couture Stilettos with logo od Versace Jeans Couture

Versace Jeans Couture

Stilettos with logo

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‘amber’ heeled sandals od Saint Laurent ‘amber’ heeled sandals od Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

‘Amber’ heeled sandals

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High heels – style afoot

Adored, extreme, seductive, dangerous, very confusing, total – there are a lot of words that could describe the fashionable pump.

Power on high

So young and so influential, you could say of heels that have been around for 70 years. Their short but colourful history have seen periods of delight, dynamic development, triumph, rejection, and finally renaissance. They have not only accompanied but influenced the presence and perception of women in the modern world. High heels have experienced many changes in the way they have been regarded and understood. Today, they are synonymous with prestige, power, strength, sex appeal and the independence of women. Earlier, in the 1950s, they offered a means of needed change, of rebellion against fixed social roles. Famous actresses of the time, such as Marilyn Monroe and Diana Dors inspired millions of women with the desire to live and dress for themselves. The fates of the artists were as colourful as their creations, including sky-high stilettos, and there is still discussion about the role that the pump played in the transformations witnessed over the years. Society puzzled over the cost of the release of women from the well-trodden path that was their role in the context of enslavement, to a new phenomenon – the perception of women through the prism of sexualisation. The next decade, and their socio-cultural changes, effectively reduced the height of the heels. Stilettos and their lovers around the world were brought flat shoes – among others, the famous ballerina - promoting a new type of femininity full of youthful charm and naturalness. For some women, high heels were inherently associated with liberation and strength. For others, their absence meant the same thing. Heels returned at the end of the seventies, when British shoe designer Terry de Havilland created pumps for Zandra Rhodes. In more recent history high heel shoes have helped create the image of the modern woman in the TV series "Sex and the City". The show’s heroines are working and successful, and they consume and acquire luxury goods, including of course the pump.

Who brought us the pump?

Roger Vivier, a prominent French designer with Dior, is hailed as the father of high heel shoes. Having been associated with the shoe industry since the age of 17, he blended a brilliant sense of aesthetics with technical skills that put his work proudly in top spot. Celebrities and representatives of royal courts queued for his creations. Perfectly fitting shoes have become elaborate, brilliant complements to the crown of Dior creations. Paying heed to the feminine shape, New Look gained a worthy foundation. The specific design of high heels forced continuous improvements, and they underwent changes in shape, height and the thickness of the heel. Thinner and longer posed a danger of fracture, so Charles Jordan introduced the metal rod, and the aluminum pad created by Mehmet Kurdash. Any doubts held by designers were dispelled by the newly invented plastic heel with insert. Improvements to high heels aimed not only to protect the body of the woman wearing them, but also of men who succumbed to injuries, for example, while dancing – not to mention the permanent heel marks in floors. The workshops of shoe geniuses such as Vivier, Ferragamo, and Perugia continued improving their models.

What to look for in high heels?

First of all, high quality. Only then can we guarantee proper design, careful workmanship and have no doubts about standards. Leather pumps from an excellent brand will provide many years of pleasure with their irresistible charm. The height of the heels is an individual matter, so consider a stabilising shoe platform. After purchasing matching black stilettos, allow yourself to experiment more boldly, perhaps with silver heels. The Vitkac.com online store offers hundreds of examples from the finest fashion houses. New high heeled shoes highlight the beauty of the luxurious dresses, and the whole styling can be enriched by women’s jewellery