You can never have too many pairs of shoes- from Christian Louboutins to Converse All Stars,there is always the need to dress your feet in style. Comfortable shoe maker FitFlop delved into the world of famous shoes and identified some of the most iconic footwear in the world. The map below explores the original designers, date and place of creation, as well as celebrities and iconic moments that made the footwear famous.
They discovered that some of the most iconic women’s styles were born in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Australia and Japan. Presented on an interactive map which when navigated around will show you which countries have created a particular style of shoe. Each shoe has been carefully illustrated to represent its original design which should be easily recognised without even seeing the name of the shoe. Have a go and you might learn something about your favourite shoe!
Shoes that tell a story
You may remember wearing a pair of Mary Jane shoes for your first day at school. These shoes originated from the US and their name actually came from a cartoon character invented by The Brown Shoe Company. The classic shoes have since been adapted to a heeled version which had their five minutes of fame when Carrie Bradshaw proclaimed her love for them in an episode of Sex and the City.
Nearly every one of us will own a pair of Converse All Stars, which also originated from the US.These comfortable sneakers have been around since the early 1920s. In 2010 Converse were made fashionably famous when the likes of Kirsten Stewart and Drew Barrymore rocked the casual look by wearing a pair on the red carpet.
Wearing smart shoes with your casual attire has become a fashion statement. Who would have thought we would be wearing shoes on a daily basis that farmers in Scotland originally wore for work related purposes? If you haven’t guessed already, the style of shoe we are talking about is the classic Brogue which originated in Scotland and Ireland in the 19th century. Twiggy the supermodel made the masculine shoes a must have purchase for females in the 60s when she wore the first pair especially designed for women.
Taking a leap to Japan, which is the home of the platform shoe, you’ll be interested to find out that the geta were originally designed purely for practical purposes rather than fashion. The raised heel shoes were worn to keep feet dry in the rain, snow and to keep mud at bay when wearing expensive clothing. The fashion for platform shoes peaked in the 90s when they featured in theSpice Girls music video forWannabe, when Baby Spice Emma Bunton sported the killer heel fashion.
On a final shoe note, we cannot fail to mention the birth of the red soled Louboutin. The “Sammy-red bottom” stilettos were created in the early 90s and are now owned by a string of celebrities such as Madonna and Britney Spears. If you happen to own a pair yourself then they no doubt will be a much loved prized possession within your wardrobe.
There’s loads more to read about here – you can spend ages reminiscing about the famous shoes that many of you will yourselves own, and the others that you’ve seen on fashionable women’s feet over the years. Dive in to the map!