Architectural Heels - Courbette and Trapeze

Sculptural and architectural heels that transform shoes into moving works of art have invaded the runways of the Fall/Winter 2019 shows. This statement trend is not all new though, the foundation for architectural heels have already been laid by Roger Vivier as early as the 1960s. As an art student at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, Vivier was inspired by sculpture and created heels that resembled these works of art. He achieved to strike a balance between comfort and creativity. In 1960, he created the Polichinelle, a heel that curves inward and extends towards the foot, which can be considered as the very first block heel for women’s shoes. Shortly after, in 1966, another ingenious heel, the Trapeze, was launched.

For the Fall/Winter 2019 collection, Gherardo Felloni reinterprets these two archive pieces in his unique design aesthetic, while continuing to keep the innovative Vivier spirit alive. The Polichinelle is reborn as the Courbette, featuring the same distinct curve, but in a bi-color, metallic heel. The new Trapeze is made even more unique by its placement under the shoe, paired with an oversized graphic buckle.

Day to Night
The Courbette Bow pump is a statement shoe that strikes a balance between subtlety and extravagance. The oversized bow is detachable, making this versatile pair ideal for a long work day that turns into a fun night out.

Graphic and Feminine
The trapezoid shape of the heel instantly distinguishes the Trapeze Extra Vivier pumps. Its oversized side buckle and vibrant colors make for a retro-feminine look that is very much on-trend for the season.

The Trapeze Extra Vivier pumps