Roger Vivier's Pilgrim Pump



At the beginning of the 1960s, the radical change in silhouette demanded a dramatic change in the style of footwear worn by women - shorter skirts required a flatter shoe!


Roger Vivier had already experimented with a low-heeled, round-toed pump whilst working for Christian Dior but women were initially reluctant to discard their pointed toed, stiletto heels and it wasn't until the mid 1960s that the Pilgrim pump became fashionable after it was photographed being worn by Jackie Kennedy in the December 1966 edition of Women's Wear Daily. The shoe had been designed at the request of Yves Saint Laurent to complement his Mondrian shift dresses which were launched in 1965. The Pilgrim pump proved to be Vivier's most iconic design and was manufactured in a range of leathers. It features a large silver buckle and a sturdy 3.5 cm block heel. It was even worn by Catherine Deneuve in the film Belle de Jour (1967) and is still in production today.



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  1. This is an interesting and educational post, dear Sarah. I attended Penn State from 1967 to 1971 and remember seeing sorority women on campus wearing shifts like these along with Vivier's iconic Pilgrim pumps, a departure from his stiletto heels and super ornate shoe designs. I see that there are three Roger Vivier stores in the U.S. including the Los Angeles area, New York and Miami.

    Thank you, Sarah, for giving us the back story of a fashion classic and its creator. Enjoy your Thursday, dear friend!

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  2. Really interesting, thanks Sarah. I love the style of these shoes, shame these days the buckle tends to be added to stilettos - so wrong!

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    1. It looks terrible doesn't it - block heels all the way!

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  3. wow! i didn't know all that. Thanks for sharing.
    Just have to mention that i reallyreallyreallyreally love those geometric dresses in the second picture. *swoon*

    ~Abigail
    http://sweetergetsthejourneyblog.blogspot.com/

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  4. ooh i love that shoe! i never knew it was designed to be worn with the Mondrian dress!
    I remember have some pilgrim buckled shoes when i was little, though with a very small heel, and i would think the metal square was a picture frame and tuck little bits and pieces in the frame to 'decorate' my shoe.
    If i was a little more well off, i would totally love to buy a pair. i didnt know they were still in production!

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    1. I think I may have to go to the shop to investigate ;)

      That's so sweet that you used to decorate your shoes!

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  5. This was a very nice post. These are such beautiful shoes. I didn't know that they were still in production to this day either! Would love to own a pair for myself.

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  6. I appreciate those shoes although, unless they were in an eye-wateringly bright primary colour, I wouldn't wear them myself! Love those geometric shifts. xxx

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