Stepping through time with Vivienne Westwood

When the Sassi PR team found out that Vivienne Westwood had unveiled her shoe retrospective at Selfridges we couldn’t get down there fast enough. We strutted into the city as quickly as our fashionable dressed feet could carry us.

When we arrived we hurried down the escalator and as we approached the Ultralounge space, where ‘Vivienne Westwood’s Shoes – an Exhibition’ was being held, we were filled with excitement.

Ribbon, wood, leather, suede, velvet, rubber, feathers, fabric, and patent… over 200 shoes comprised of all this and more. They came in all shapes and sizes, from impossibly high heels to quirky flats and everything in between. We each had our favourites but all appreciated the splendour of the ‘Can Shoes’ from the ‘Ultra Femininity’ collection S/S 2005.

Walking the aisles of the exhibition hall was truly an awe inspiring experience and surpassed our expectations, and stimulated our shoe lust. We loved seeing how many trends have resurfaced and evolved over the years. Our favourite example being, the Apollo Wing Shoe of 1988 which was re-worked for the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa collaboration which launched in 2008. Originally crafted in what looked like white wood and leather this design now has a new life as a jelly shoe.

Some of the designs would be too adventurous for the average shoe lover but there is something for everyone. We are convinced that women everywhere would find a shoe represents them as each of us did.

We fell in love with this quote from the Grande Dame herself “Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal”.  When you slip your feet into a gorgeous pair of high heels you instantly feel more confident and sexy.  Which of your shoes make you feel ten feet tall?

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