It not only has a special place in a woman’s closet, but also in a museum. The International Museum of Vigevano footwear devotes special attention to this timeless feminine accessory. So far, the shoe with a stiletto heel has lead two lives, which is why even in the museum there are two sections: the stiletto heel in Italy, and particularly in Vigevano in the early 50s. At the same time, in the same city, its birth in the mechanical-footwear industry, which has had relevant importance for the diffusion of these shoes produced in the Belpaese. The first part refers to the period in the fifties and sixties of the last century. Immediately after the end of World War II, Christian Dior invented a “new look”, consisting of very feminine and sophisticated clothes, which were obviously in need of proper footwear. Therefore, the shoes were designed by the greatest designers of the time. An innovative thin and tall heels, which highlighted a problem of a practical nature: made out of wood, due to the small diameter, they could break easily. The footwear makers from Vigevano stepped up to solve the problem.
In those years, some Italian and French brands competed in the shoe sector making their own high heels. In the second half of the 60s, however, the shoe with a stiletto heel went through a period of decline. A decline that lasted until the early eighties, when, thanks to the recovery of fashion trends encompassing the old principles of glamor, glitz and glamor of the early 60s came back to life. Heels up to 15 cm tall, decorative, with sleek lines, futuristic materials, everything came together to make the stiletto an object of desire for women and a fetish for men.