Top 5 Most Quirky Shoe Styles of All Time

Who doesn’t love shoes?  As time has gone by, different shoe styles have caught our attention – regardless of our age, sexual preference and taste. Some of these cool shoes have been admired by a lot of people and have gone done in shoe history.


Here are 5 of the most quirky and prominent shoe styles that have stolen our hearts:


Cinderella’s Glass Shoes / Slippers

Cinderella Glass Shoes

In 1697, the most popular version of Cinderella was written and introduced to the public by Charles Perrault. His version of the fairy-tale was the first to include the pumpkin, the fairy-godmother and of course, the glass slippers.

Since then, it has been every girl’s dream to walk in Cinderella’s shoes!

Platform Shoes

Platform Shoes

(Source: Loulou Magazine)

Platform shoes first took centre stage in the 1960’s and they made a massive comeback in the nineties. The Spice Girls, a popular nineties girl group, wore them when they were performing. The ordinary platform shoe was made extraordinary by the footwear label, Buffalo. This statement style is never far from every fashionista’s wish list.


Ballet Flats

Ballet Flats

In the 16th Century ballet flats were created for ballet dancers. In Medieval times both men and women, even those who were not ballet dancers, fell in love with this comfortable and soft shoe style. In the same era high-heels were introduced, cutting the ballet flats fashion out of the mainstream.

They made a comeback in 1957 when Audrey Hepburn wore them in one of the scenes of the film, Funny Face, pairing them with cropped, slim-fitting trousers. To this day, they are part of every woman’s closet and even models like Kate Moss and Olivia Palermo love to wear them.


Pretty Woman Boots

Pretty Woman Boots

Boots may not be the most elegant footwear but they have unique characteristics which make them a firm fashion favourite. They officially entered the fashion stage when Julia Roberts wore a pair of thigh-high vinyl boots in the movie, Pretty Woman.

Years after the movie, designers and fashion gurus continue to copy the trend and frequently include boots in their designs.


Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator Sandals

Roman gladiators first wore gladiator shoes as a means of protection. The gladiator sandal was reawakened by various designers for catwalk purposes. They went global after Kate Moss was spotted wearing a pair in the summer of 2004.


Claw-like Armadillo Shoes by Alexander McQueen

Armadillo Shoes

Originally designed by Alexander McQueen, these strange yet stunning 12 inch heels took a claw-like form. They were first worn by Alexander’s good friend, the heiress Daphne Guinness. Wearing them at the 15th Anniversary of Nars (Make-up label), although she found the whole experience to be a bit scary, Daphne Guinness said, “the shoes were actually light and comfortable to wear…”



So, any idea what the next shoe trend will be?


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