Let’s talk about the most iconic shoes.
These are the types of shoes that everyone has heard of, either because of their innovative design or because they are extremely popular. Or both.
I made a list of shoes that I consider to be truly iconic, and I found some fascinating stories about them.
At the end of the piece, I’d like to hear your thoughts on two things: whether you’re familiar with all of these designs and agree that they’re iconic, and whether you believe these shoes are worth the money.
Mr. Converse founded his rubber shoe company in the United States in 1903. They started producing athletic shoes in 1915. They designed a basketball-specific high-top sneaker in 1917.
Chuck Taylor, a basketball player, became the brand’s salesperson and spokesperson in 1923. His name was added on the shoe in 1932.
Team USA Basketball won the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, wearing Converse high-top Chucks.
Can you imagine that this canvas and rubber shoe was worn by athletes at the time?
You’ll damage your heels if you jump in these shoes. Probably pretty heavily because the soles are not suitable for sport purposes. We now know better.
Converse, on the other hand, was the most popular sport shoe brand in the United States for decades. Then, in the 1970s, other brands from other countries, such as Adidas and Puma from Germany, started to challenge their control.
Converse made a great comeback later on, thanks to the invention of the category “lifestyle sneakers” – sneakers for everyday use, not simply for athletics.
Design partnerships, limited editions, and design variations such as low-top, heeled versions, numerous colors, and so forth are now available.
Converse sneakers may be seen in over 650 movies. I believe that qualifies as iconic, doesn’t it?
The normal all-star high-top Chucks cost $70, or even less if they’re on sale.
Is the tale worth that much money, in your opinion?
Dr. Martens 1460
In 1945, German doctor Klaus Märtens damaged his ankle and found that his army boots were inadequate for the circumstance.
As a result, he designed new boots with softer leather and air in the sole. Since it was immediately after the war, he used old tires from discarded warplanes.
Then he started producing the shoe in Munich, and the company gradually flourished.
The shoe was particularly popular among women in their forties and fifties who had back and hip problems. Because the soles were indeed comfy and the shoes were robustly manufactured, they were popular among postmen and industry employees.
Griggs bought the brand in 1959 and renamed it Dr. Martens, which is simpler to pronounce for English speakers. They also added yellow top-stitching to the sole and altered the heel shape for comfort.
He also invented the “air wair” sole mechanism, which he trademarked. Smart man.
When The Who donned Dr. Martens on stage at a concert in 1967, the shoe’s popularity skyrocketed.
Punk in the 1970s, grunge in the 1990s, it became a symbol of subcultures. You will recognize a pair of Dr. Martens on the street nowadays because they are so well-known.
The majority of production was shifted from England to Thailand in 2003. And the design and quality of the product did change.
If you were there during the grunge era in the 1990s and have a pair of Dr. Martens from before 2003, I recommend keeping them.
Dr Martens retail at £149. However, be wary of fakes; they are ubiquitous. Always purchase from a reputable vendor. The sole system is trademarked, thus fakes will not be of the same quality. Don’t be fooled by them.
Chanel Two-tone Slingback Heels
Massaro designed this French shoe in 1957, and the Chanel shoes are still produced today.
Miss Chanel believed she had short legs and large feet, so she desired a shoe that would lengthen her legs while shortening her feet. That’s why the heel is exposed, allowing you to see more leg, and the toes are black, as though the shoe is short and the feet are little.
Because women in the 1950s were passionate about flattering shapes and accessories, this design was a hit. Functional design actually solved an aesthetic problem!
The flat-heeled ballerina adaptation is still popular today. It was made popular by Audrey Hepburn, who demonstrated that a woman does not have to wear heels to look feminine. Audrey, thank you!
The price starts at CAN$1,250.
What do you think: is it worth?
The brand was founded in Australia in 1978. However, sheepskin shoes were worn by Australia’s first occupants considerably earlier than that.
Despite the fact that UGG is a hugely popular shoe around the world, and even Carrie Bradshaw wears them, the brand is not allowed to be trademarked in Australia and New Zealand.
UGG is a generic term for a type of shoe that cannot be trademarked because it refers to slippers, or pantoufles in French. It’s trademarked in a number of other countries, but not in the one where it originated.
Because they couldn’t fully protect the name, UGGs are being copied and counterfeited like crazy. Real ones, on the other hand, are of far higher quality, will not become slouchy or too big over time, and have watertight seams.
UGG boots are currently $200. Several years ago, the manufacture was shifted to China and Vietnam. So, if you see “UGG made in Australia” boots, you could think they’re the real brand, but they’re not. The real ones are currently made in China.
Louboutin Red Soles
Christian Louboutin received a shoe prototype based on his illustration one day in 1993. It was adequate but not exceptional. Meanwhile, a woman in a corner was painting her nails red during business hours.
He coated the entire sole of his new prototype with nail polish. Louboutin shoes have had red soles since then.
Louboutin shoes are instantly recognizable in music videos, concerts, and fashion events. Because of the iconic status symbol, women all over the world desire to acquire a pair (or ten).
It’s worth noting that walking in the shoes can quickly ruin the red covering on the sole. So, in order to look beautiful on the red carpet, celebrities must wear new Louboutin shoes.
So you can not only afford Louboutin shoes, but also new ones for special occasions.
Louboutin took Saint Laurent to court in 2011 because the latter was selling a red shoe with a red sole.
However, the court decided that a red sole on a non-red shoe is what distinguishes a Louboutin shoe. However, if the entire shoe is red, a red sole is unremarkable. As a result, Saint Laurent was permitted to continue producing red shoes with a red sole.
The price of a pair of Louboutin heels begins at $750.
Would you buy them if you could afford them?
Danielle Steele, a novelist, is said to own almost 6000 pairs of Louboutin shoes. I believe that number surpasses Victoria Beckham’s collection of Hermès bags.
McQueen Armadillo Boots
If you’re familiar with Alexander McQueen’s work, you’ll recognize these stunning shoes.
They were created in 2009 for the show “Plato’s Atlantis,” which explored how mankind would adapt if the world ended.
It’s a performance piece that wasn’t meant to be made. The shoe is 30cm tall, hand-carved in wood, and has four zippers to allow the foot to enter. It resembles a claw, and wearing it alters your movement. Very futuristic design.
It’s a work of art that shouldn’t be assessed just on its wearability.
Three models dropped out of the runway show practice because they didn’t want to walk in these shoes. They couldn’t do it because it was too hazardous.
They were never available for purchase. Lady Gaga, on the other hand, owns three pairs, which she paid 295,000 dollars for at an auction in 2015.
They’re probably worth more now.
I’m sure you’ve never heard of these, which is understandable. Because it’s simply one material fused together and no glue, these perfectly functioning running sneakers are made entirely of recycled plastic trash and are 100 percent recyclable.
Purchasing them does not contribute to the manufacturing of more plastic, and when you are finished with them, you simply return them to Adidas.
That is the way of the future, and it is a significant step toward reducing waste in the fashion business.
The cost is approximately $180.