Euro News: The Man Who Invented Stilettos

Roger Vivier's handcrafted shoes are back in a private Parisian salon

"We don't want this to be just like every other boutique," says Ines de la Fressange, a former Chanel model who has taken over the direction of the relaunch of Roger Vivier's eponymous line of couture shoes. Vivier, who is credited with inventing some of the greatest footwear of his time--stilettos, thigh-high boots and the famous square-toed pump that Catherine Deneuve wore in Belle de Jour--believed in exceptional craftsmanship. So when Diego Della Valle, owner of Tod's shoes and bags, among other luxury labels, bought the Vivier name and decided to reinvent it, he hired designer Bruno Frisoni to add a...

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