Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” That’s exactly what Dorothy, Carrie, Vivian, Jo, Cher, and Ellen did. Who are these women?
Famous movie characters who put on the right shoes and took life by the horns. They wouldn’t have accomplished what they did if it weren’t for their shoes. These admirable women got to sport some of the most iconic women’s movie shoes of all time.
Let’s take a gander at them… and their lovely footwear.
Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers
Dorothy’s ruby slippers are just as famous as the iconic Wizard of Oz line: “There’s no place like home.” There’s a great reason for that. Her ruby slippers greatly contributed to a pivotal moment in the movie — when Dorothy clicked her heels three times, repeated the famous line above, and suddenly found herself back in good ol’ Kansas. Every little girl since 1939 has been able to reenact the scene perfectly. The actual ruby slippers used in the movie are so famous that they’re on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahniks
When Carrie Bradshaw met Mr. Big in the first season of Sex and the City, she fell in love with him so hard that we couldn’t help but love him, too. We spent six agonizing seasons fantasizing about Carrie’s big and beautiful wedding with him.
When the big day finally came, we all cheered! Little did we know that this big event led to another pivotal event in the world of Sex and the City, where Mr. Big built Carrie her dream shoe closet (in the first movie). No big deal, right? Well, it was a big deal, especially when Carrie christened it with a gorgeous pair of electric-blue satin Manolo Blahniks. In that moment, we all fell in love with Mr. Big again… but not without ogling the Manolos first.
Jo’s Black Loafers
When director Stanley Donen asked Audrey Hepburn to wear socks with her black suede slip-on loafers, the actress adamantly refused to comply. Eventually, she caved in and wore them in a famous scene of Funny Face. Upon seeing the movie, Audrey realized her mistake and sent Stanley a note that read, “You were right about the socks.” However, little did Audrey know that those loafers would actually make flats popular among the alternative youth in the late 50s and early 60s.
Cher’s Mary Janes
Before Clueless came out, no one – not even the fashion icons on the nineties – would’ve guessed that grown women would be wearing Mary Jane shoes by the time the 21st century rolled around. We have Cher (the Clueless character, not the singer) to thank for this. Costume designer Mona May chose silver Mary Janes as Cher’s shoes of choice because she wanted to make the teenaged fashionista come off as sweet and youthful. Once Clueless debuted, women everywhere latched onto those Mary Janes and a fashion phenomenon was born.
Ellen Ripley’s “alien fighter” Sneakers
Much like Marty McFly’s Nike shoes, Ellen Ripley’s “alien fighter” sneakers are instantly recognizable shoes from the 80s. Ellen Ripley rocked those futuristic sneakers while fighting aliens left and right in the first Aliens movie. Those shoes were so popular that Rebook gave Aliens fans a chance to wear them when they rolled out the exact same shoes in limited quantities in 1987, and then again in 2010.
Do you have a pair of iconic women’s movie shoes in mind that we forgot to include in this list? If so, please let us know in the comments below!
This is an article written by Anita Brayer. She writes fashion articles for Macy’s, runs her own blog and does some professional writing for Higherclick.com as well. She enjoys cooking and staring (yes, seriously) at cats in her free-time.