Christian Louboutin may have gotten all the shout outs from shows like Sex and the City, but Roger Vivier (who passed away in 1998) was shoe design royalty, whether he's a household name today or not. After all, he's the man who invented the stiletto. Next to that, perhaps his largest claim to fame is the signature square buckle and the comma heel that adorn his shoes even today.
His personal line, still under his own name, continues after his death but in the early years of his career he created shoe lines for Dior, Gres, YSL, Ungaro and Blamain. While the line today is more subdued, he was once dubbed “the Faberge of footwear” and images from this 2007 V&A exhibit make it easy to see why.