A film plot centered around a pair of stilettos might seem bizarre. But for the fashionista, these movies touch our sole. At an early age, we learn that pumps have the power to get us home, find us love, and of course, give a girl confidence. It’s no wonder that shoes are a girl’s best friend.
1. The Wizard of Oz, 1939
Dorothy may have stolen her ruby red slippers, but we can’t blame her for wanting to spice up her farmgirl aesthetic. MGM’s chief costume designer Gilbert Adrian created the famous sequined shoes, which underwent several modifications during production. The first version had an “Arabian” look, but were deemed unsuitable. Another version had more structured kitten heels; but these were too heavy. The sequined version was the final shoe. This pair is on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
2. Pretty Woman, 1990
In this 90’s romantic comedy, Julia Roberts’ iconic thigh high boots were made for her incredible legs. While the shoe designer is unknown, we have to credit him with helping Roberts’ rise to fame; these boots were an essential part of her character. Pretty Woman launched Roberts into Hollywood stardom and thigh-high boots into their reign within the fashion industry. Even now, we are head over heels for Givenchy’s sensual gypsy inspired collection and Kendall Jenner’s stylish thigh-highs.
3. Ever After, 1998
This Cinderella inspired tale starring Drew Barrymore called in legendary shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo to create the “glass slipper” – a leading lady in her own right. The shoe was designed and crafted with the Medieval time period in mind. To ensure that the shoe was fit for an iconic princess, it was hand woven with meters of silver thread and 1000 Swarovski beads and 200 pearls. The pair is currently on display at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California.
4. Sex and the City, 2008
Sex and the City is known for its compelling sense of luxury, designer fashion. When the series’ movie production commenced, it was clear that each wardrobe had to wow fashion enthusiasts and be lust-worthy of every woman living in New York City. Memorable pieces include the Vivienne Westwood gown and the stunning blue Manolo Blahniks. The Hangisi Manolo Blahnik pumps were also made famous, undeniably having a pivotal role in the film’s Manhattan happily ever after.
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