The red soles of his shoes ignited the fashion scene in 1993. This was the year Christian Louboutin, a former designer at Roger Vivier, had a brilliant idea. Inspired by Andy Warhol and Pop Art, he borrowed his assistant's nail polish and painted the soles of a pair of shoes red.
Another leading light in the world of female fashion, Roger Vivier, also known as the “Fragonard of shoes”, is the man whose accomplishments include reviving wedges, and making Marlene Dietrich look even thinner. His shoes for Catherine Deneuve in the film Belle de Jour by Luis Bunuel (1967) also crossed over to everyday wear. The shoe, at Roger Vivier, is not a fashion accessory but the key to Olympus. Nowadays, creative director Gherardo Felloni perpetuates the myth.
Finally, gentlemen, you will have to learn how to sponge, wax, brush, and caress your shoes at Berluti, which has been making refined shoes for men since 1895. For instance, we suggest you try their legendary Andy loafers, inspired by Andy Warhol: they can be customised with your own patina.
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