Barbra Streisand wore this selection of Stuart Weitzman heels during her 2006 concerts. Throughout the tour, several variations of costumes and shoes were worn onstage. This concert tour launched in Philadelphia, PA on Oct 4, 2006 and ended in London England on July 25th, 2007 after 29 shows. It grossed $92 million, with most of the proceeds benefiting The Streisand Foundation.
Stuart Weitzman began designing shoes in the 60’s at his father business “Seymour Shoes” in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He quickly gained notoriety for his use of unconventional materials like cork, vinyl and Lucite into his designs. His shoes are beloved by women around the world. Today, there are over 100 Weitzman stores globally, and the company produces over 590 styles a year.
Barbra’s three styles all featured a peep toe in black satin. They include the “Fabulosity” –with an embellished T-strap pump, the sling back “Cachet”. The sling back pumps with a six strap, art deco inspired, a-symmetrical toe box were worn in the first act.
Peep toe heels saw the height of their popularity in the 1940’s after the war ended. Before the war, women wore mostly closed toe shoes to protect their feet in dangerous work settings like factories. With the end of extreme conservatism, this sexy look rose to popularity. They got their nickname because just a couple of toes seemingly “peep” out of the shoe. Peep toes trace all the way back to Ancient Greece and Rome when they were worn as platform sandals. They also saw a revival in the Renaissance era. In the 50’s Betty Page wore peep toe heels frequently, sealing the peep toe into pinup history. The shoe went out of fashion in the 60’s but remain a but remain a timeless retro inspired classic.