1965 - 1966 | PARVITAK FOR ROGER VIVIER | THE HOOK HEEL

A.K.A. THE HOOK
This invention relates to a shoe heel.
According to the invention, a shoe heel includes a tapering stem portion terminating in a curved resiliently displaceable bent-over portion providing a floor-engaging wearing surface. 
From: Complete Specification | GB Patent 1,065,931

1965 - 1966 | Roger Vivier [1]
The Hook heel


Not the most acclaimed Vivier heel, nonetheless one of the most striking. It was patented in South Africa (September 1965), France (January 1966) and Great Britain (April 1967) by a South African company called Parvitak Limited from Pretoria.

Also worth of note:

"… the bent over portion (of the heel) may be replaceably attached to the stem portion, for example by means of a spigot and socket connection or by being keyed into the stem portion. 
From: Complete Specification | GB Patent 1,065,931


1967 | Parvitak Limited | Shoe Heel
Patent granted in Great Britain April 19, 1967
Source: Google Patents


The company Parvitak remains shrouded in mystery and it is unclear how the relationship with the shoe designer worked out. On the other hand it wasn't the first time for a "Vivier heel" to be assigned to someone else, the Choc heel being the most noteworthy [2].



2013 | The Hook Heel at Palais Tokyo
Exhibition Virgule, Etc.
Source: Le Modalogue



HELLSTORY

1955 | ROGER VIVIER



FOOTNOTES

[1]

The Palais Galliera and the Musée De Arts Décoratifs both date 1964 this Vivier shoe, not too far off. The former called the hook heel "talon escargot".

[2]

The French patent of the Choc heel (1959) is assigned to Christian Dior, while the US patent to Vivier himself.



1947 | URIC magazine
Forerunner of the Hook heel

 

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