They say the shoe maketh the man, but let's tweak that from a fashion girl's point of view: the shoe maketh the outfit. Throughout history, humanity has been blessed with hundreds of classic soles, but there are four in particular that have stood the test of time. Below are some of the most timeless creations to ever grace the ground we walk on.
1. Salvatore Ferragamo wedge
The Italian fashion powerhouse pioneered the easy-wear, triangular-heel design in the early 1930s. Back then, the materials needed for the usual stiletto heel were at a shortage. Today, the wedge lives on as a style staple for girls who are looking for both height and comfort.
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You’ve seen it on: Kirsten Dunst, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence
2. Christian Louboutin red-soled pump
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If we’re going to be technical about it, it was the late King Louis XIV who stepped out in red-soled heels for the very first time in the 1700s—but Louboutin’s iconic red sole has popped up on the runway and in pop culture for several decades now. Funny story, actually: Louboutin had been working on a prototype he wasn’t quite happy with, while one of his assistants was painting her nails nearby. He grabbed her bottle of nail polish and covered the sole in the bold hue—an absurd move that became the designer’s most recognizable trademark.
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You’ve seen it on: Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham
3. The all-white sneaker
Keds were born in the late 1800s, and from then on, “sneakers” (called as such because the rubber soles allowed you to “sneak around” quietly) slowly began to surface in men and women’s everyday wear. But it wasn’t until Dirty Dancing in 1987—where lead actress Jennifer Grey practices her dance moves wearing a pair—when the all-white sneakers were propelled to iconic heights.
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You’ve seen it on: Gigi Hadid, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kendall Jenner
4. The Doc Marten 1460 boot
Like the legendary Levi’s 501 jeans, Docs initially weren’t made for style, but for practicality. Created in the 1960s by Dr. Klaus Maertens (who needed an air-cushioned sole to support a broken foot), Docs grew to become a symbol of individuality and uniqueness for all ages. Today, they’re great for battling rainy weather and conquering long city hikes.
You’ve seen it on: Gwen Stefani, Emma Roberts, Behati Prinsloo