Music and shoes have more than a little shared history, they’re practically sole mates. The two industries have been inextricably laced together for decades, each channeling the mood of an era in their own respective ways. Consistently remaining icons of style, we look at how they’ve always been a step ahead of everyone else.

Lady Gaga
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Lady Pointe Shoes

Custom made for the music video of Lady Gaga’s 2011 hit ‘Marry the Night’, these characteristically ‘Gaga’ shoes were the brainchild of Japanese designer Noritaka Tatehana. 18 inches high, they are only the second highest pair of shoes Tatehana has designed for Lady Gaga. A design spanning the artistic and creative worlds of ballet, high-art and haute culture, these ‘Lady pointe’ shoes make a statement—Gaga style.

Without their much-famed pointed shoes, ballerinas wouldn’t possess the same spellbinding magic. In other words, what underpins the enduring look of ballerina toe-dancing—unchanged even today—is the must-have shoe trend of 200 years ago. Gaga, an artist with as much an eye for fashion as performance, noted this and accordingly adapted her style to reflect an enduring trend. In doing so, she introduced an element of mystery into her performances.

Undeniably different, no one can claim that Gaga hasn’t made a ‘point’ with these ones. Perhaps not for everyone, these specially made ‘Lady pointe’ shoes will go down as iconic within the world of modern-day pop music.