History of the décolleté
The décolleté is certainly the ultimate women’s shoe.
All women love it and have at least one pair in their shoe cupboard, a passe pour tout that can save us in almost all occasions.
But when was the décolleté born? And the heel?
The history of the décolleté begins in the sixteenth century, used by soldiers as an infantry uniform, clearly it was décolleté without heels.
They were then worn by women only in the eighteenth century and represented an alternative shoe to the inconvenience of slippers and laced boots.
Only at the end of the 18th century, with the advent of patent leather, did they begin to be used as party shoes, and as time went by then it only became a women’s shoe embellished with accessories to make them elegant and valuable.
The heel, on the other hand, is an Italian invention.
The first to launch the heel fashion was Caterina De ’Medici during her marriage to the future King of France, the Duke of Orleans. The queen consort used shoes with heels of about 7 centimeters to be at the height of her husband.
The first true décolleté with a stiletto heel were born in 1953 in Vigevano and featured wooden heels, which later on were modified with the addition of the aluminium base to avoid breaking them.
From that moment on, the décolleté with the stiletto heel became the icon of femininity as it is today, changing shape and size to create different styles suitable for everyone.