What is it that makes some shoes a classic, while others are just one-season-wonders, worn by everyone for a few short months, before disappearing off the radar forever?
I was thinking about this today, while browsing some of my favourite online shoe stores, and noticing noticing that some shoes seem to have been around forever. It’s probably an exaggeration to say these are the most popular shoes EVER (The Rockstuds have only been around for a few years, although they’re so ubiquitous that it seems like much longer), but they are definitely amongst the most popular shoes of recent years, at least – as evidenced by the fact that they’re still available to buy (and in more colours and prints than ever before), many years after their initial release.
The Louboutin Pigalle / So Kate pumps – I’ve lumped these together because the styles are so similar that only Louboutin lovers will really be able to tell them apart. To the casual observer, however, they’re almost identical, and they seem to never go out of style. So Kate has somewhat eclipsed the Pigalle in popularity recently, but as long as Louboutin is making some kind of pointed toe pump, I’ll be happy.
The Valentino Rockstuds – Popularised by fashion bloggers and celebrities, I seem to read a lot of negative comments about these shoes, mostly from people who think they’re “overdone” now. They’re still one of the most popular shoes available to buy at the moment, though, so they’re obviously doing something right!
The YSL Tribute – These aren’t quite as popular as they used to be, but they’re still going strong, and there are tons of colours available this season. The platform sole definitely isn’t dead!
The Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ – Again, to those who aren’t really “into” shoes, these would be virtually indistinguishable from the first pair of shoes I featured – they’re another pointed pump, but they’ve been selling well for years now, so apparently one pointed pump isn’t enough for some shoe lovers.
I’ve named these four the most popular shoes ever, using the totally non-scientific method of simply observing what styles I see most often, whether it be on blogs, on celebrities, or via the Google searches which lead people to ShoeperWoman.com. I make no claim that there aren’t other shoes out there that are equally popular, though, so tell me…