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Roger Vivier's Iconic Buckle Pumps Turn 55

One of footwear's most iconic designs has never looked so fresh.

What: The 55th anniversary of the buckle design that Roger Vivier debuted for the shoes he created for Yves Saint Laurent‘s seminal Mondrian show in 1965. (FYI: The graphic rectangular hardware was a nod to the footwear design of French nobility). To mark the buckle’s big year, the maison has decided to shine the spotlight on the most recent iteration of the design which made its debut in Spring/Summer 2019 as the Tres Vivier buckle for a series of shoes, bags, and accessories.

Roger Vivier’s iconic Belle Vivier shoe (starting at $800) is reimagined in fluoro hues and mesh for Spring/Summer 2020.

The brainchild of creative director Gherardo Felloni, the Tres Vivier buckle boasts more pronounced rounded curves for a true ’60s Mod flair. Felloni’s Tres Vivier pumps also feature a chunkier heel, available in 2.5cm and 4.5 cm options. Meanwhile, the colour palette bursts with vibrant shades of red, nude, and light blue. The O.G. Belle Vivier line, which is still being produced to this day, did not escape Felloni’s attention too, and feature options with encrusted crystals and new colourways.

Catherine Deneuve wore a pair of Roger Viver buckle pump designs in the movie Belle de Jour (1967) and went on to inspire the name of the style which is now called Belle VIvier.

Why know it: The Belle Vivier pumps were the O.G. of hype footwear. Following its debut at the Saint Laurent show in 1965, the Roger Vivier boutique on rue Francois 1er in Paris was reported to have sold 50 pairs a day. Plus, the footwear is synonymous with style icons like Catherine Deneuve and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, which are great role models for any woman wanting to ace timeless feminine style.

Where to buy it: As of press time, both the Tres Vivier and Belle Vivier shoe collections are shoppable on Net-a-Porter and start at $1,370 and $800 respectively. A piece of history worth investing in? We think so.