Robert Clergerie turns 76 today. Born in Paris in 1934, he started as a manager in the Charles Jourdan factory in the 1970s, then worked his way up to designer. His first women’s line debuted in 1981 with a pair of menswear oxfords. He later designed pumps with parallelogram heels that were copied enough that the shape was referred to as the Clergerie heel. He then introduced a steel high heel which is thought to be the pioneer of the spike heel. The factory is still in France and Mr. Clergerie is still in France.
Until working on this post, I had never really paid attention to Clergerie shoes. Now, I am quite intrigued with them. Mrs. Obama has been photographed in a pair of boots similar to these.
A high platform.
I am guessing this is what his first pair of menswear shoes looked like. I really like these.
My two favorites. Love, love, love the chunky heel.
I am on a low wedge sandal kick right now. I am not going to tell you how many I bought this summer but suffice it to say, this plum is probably the only color I don’t have.
To celebrate I think i will fix coq au vin for dinner because it is French (and also really good).