Every shoe needs a wow-element; otherwise it would just be a shoe like every other. It needs something eye-catching like a popping colour, a psychedelic pattern or a shiny piece of jewellery. A perfect way to glam up a pair of shoes is by adorning it with a sparkling buckle.
Brands like Gucci, Prada, Manolo Blahnik and Louis Vuitton all feature a variation of the shoe buckle in their current collections. Even though they are all buckles, they vary from glistering diamond ones to futuristic textured black ones.
The buckle has been around for a long time. In the 17th century a lot of people replaced their shoelaces for buckles of all different kinds of materials.
Halfway through the 18th century, buckles became a symbol of wealth. One of the fans of buckles was fashion icon and trendsetter of those days Madame de Pomapadour (1721-1764), the mistress of Louis XV. Buckles in those days where little pieces of art bejewelled with gemstones and precious metals. As countermovement to the exuberance of the Rococo, the French Revolution (1789-1799) caused buckles to decline as simple mainstream fashion accessory by the end of the 18th century.
In the 20th century, Roger Vivier, also known as the ‘Fabergé of Footware’, steered fashion footwear in a new direction. His best-sold shoe ever was the Pilgrim Buckle Shoe, which became famous through its appearance in cult movie “Belle de Jour” by Luis Buñuel (1967).
So whatever your style is: find a beautiful pair of shoes and buckle up!