The Most Iconic Shoes Of All Time

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In celebration of Marie Claire's #ShoesFirst month, we're charting the most iconic pairs...

From Dorothy’s ruby dazzlers to Lady Gaga’s armadillo heels, history has taught us that every now and again a pair of shoes can be so special, that they *almost* outshine their wearer. 

For a shoe to become a true icon, it’s a combined effort between the style and the woman who’s wearing them. Vivienne Westwood’s purple platforms were an incredible design, yes, but what’s propelled them into fashion history is Naomi Campbell and that 1992 catwalk tumble.

Sometimes, a star becomes synonymous with a particular type of shoe, setting a global trend.  Kate Middleton’s commitment to a nude court is virtually unrivalled, while Kate Moss introduced us all to the concept of festival fashion when she donned Hunter wellies with denim hot shorts at Glastonbury a decade ago.  

Carrie Bradshaw wasn’t defined by her Manolo obsession, of course, but the brand is now cited as key to her signature style and, if we’re honest, we don’t really remember that much about Cinderella’s personality, except that a mighty fine glass slipper totally changed her life. 

Image credit: Rex Features
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