A once-famous footwear name — Roger Vivier — is about to give current front-runners Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik a run for their money. Behind the revival is Diego Della Valle, chairman and chief executive officer of Gruppo Tod’s SpA, who purchased the rights to use the late designer’s name back in 2000.

Bruno Frisoni was given the job of reviving the brand and creating the new design direction at Roger Vivier. This was no easy task, since Vivier, who died in October 1998, was a major creative force in his day. The Paris-based designer shod such high-profile types as Josephine Baker and the Duchess of Windsor, worked closely with Christian Dior for 40 years and was famous for innovations like the comma or shock heel.

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