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.