Tag Archives: Designer Shoes

We love stalking photos of Parisian and Milanese runways, but it just so happens that a lot of the brightest shining soles aren’t the ones name dropped during late night television, they’re crafted by names that are just starting their ascent into greatness.

Here’s a list of our favorite up & coming designers, burgeoning brands and impressive footwear designs that have caught our eye. Since we began compiling this list months ago, several designers are already that much closer to fashion stardom! Many have spotted their work in an upcoming September issuegraced the feet of Hollywood’s finest or even landed a coveted spot in the iconic Bergdorf Goodman window displays.

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Sarah Flint
With internships at both Diane von Fürstenberg and Proenza Schouler under her belt, it isn’t surprising that the stunning shoes designed by Sarah Flint have a decidedly architectural bent. Adding a twist to classic designs, layered suede and shaped 3D leather are all a part of her impressive repertoire. As for us? We’re dying over her heeled Hayworth sandal.

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Henri Lepore Dezert
You might remember Henri Lepore Dezert from our recent interview with the designer himself, but just in case you need reminding, he’s a man with his star on the rise. Unafraid of mixing antique embellishments and sentiments with ferociously confident modern day flair, his designs are classic, yet sensual; perfect for work and for play.

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Melis Yildiz
Blending traditional themes with high fashion touches (think: PVC detailing on a classic suede pump or metallic and textured thick heeled sandals), the punchy colored soles designed by Melis Paciotti for her brand Melis Yildiz are nothing short of show stoppers. Turkish born and Italy-based, elegance is met with vibrant sass with fabulous results.

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Alejandra G.
Alejandra G. has one goal in mind: make an impact and make it big. The larger than life combinations of cherry red and leopard print, platform pumps and tassels, and snake print and studs just scratch the surface of the gotta-look-twice collections designed by the ever-fierce Alejandra. Slipping into a pair of these celebrity-endorsed sky-high heels will definitely make you the center of attention.

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Giannico
Nicolò Beretta is a luxury footwear wunderkind and his brand Giannico reveals this 18-year-old’s massive talent. Giannico’s collections take architectural embellishments and flair to an entirely new level, weaving 3D geometric shapes into dramatic curves and swerves that have been snapped for the pages of Vogue Italia and Marie Claire Italia. Endlessly creative and new to the game, we’re sold on Giannico’s eclectic elegance.

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Gianluca Soldi
Contemporary, sleek, confident. In a nutshell, that is Gianluca Soldi, whose designs balance the razor’s edge or romantic and modern. After freelance shoe designing for little brands you might have heard of (Kenzo, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace to name a few), Gianluca started his own brand to fully encapsulate his vision. The result is sleek lines and vibrant color combinations, pin-thin heels and exotic skins, and we can’t get enough.

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Giseli Dias 
For every understated Sofia Coppola, there’s a Lady Gaga to balance her out. If Lauren Marinis is the Sofia in question, Giseli Diaz must be Gaga circa Pokerface. Her shoes are stratospheric in height, the patterns and colors are brighter than Oz, and there are enough rhinestone embellishments to make Elizabeth Taylor lose her cool. Fierce and unique, Giseli Diaz’ shoes make a bold statement.

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Lauren Marinis
You might think that sky-high 5 inch heels aren’t for everyone, but one glance at Lauren Marinis’ vibrant, unique, and undeniably elegant collection will change your mind in a heartbeat. Using iridescent greys, teal snakeskins, and dyed calf-hair to prove sophistication can be vibrant, luxury never looked so obtainable. Her pumps will fill you with confidence and make you look like you have legs that go on for months, what more could you possibly want in a killer pair of shoes? Excuse us, we’re swooning over here.

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Chloe Gosselin
Chloe Gosselin has stated that music, vintage aesthetics, and visual arts deeply inspire her collections and the resulting dark romance of her shoes is palpable – every design in her fall 2014 collection was named after a poisonous flower, after all – and yet, she never loses a sense of deep-rooted luxury or sophistication. Every discrete detail and hint of snakeskin belie an adoration of immaculate quality that would be at home on any cobblestoned Parisian street, and that sense of easy chic is priceless.

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Malone Souliers
With a keen eye for detail and an adoration of luxury, Mary Alice Malone – the genius behind the brand – brings new life to staples. Flawlessly, she blends pops of color, ropes of suede as ankle straps, sleek lines evocative of equestrian gear (unsurprising, as she was a member of the Junior Olympic Equestrian Team as a youth), and exotic skins into soles that demand to be worn to work and to a ritzy soiree after. Simplicity doesn’t denote mediocrity and Malone Soulier’s not-so-basic basics seal the deal. We especially love the strappy peeptoes and the ankle booties.

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Charkviani
Charkviani is a brand with modern aesthetics with an international twist, aiming to make their footwear collections wearable art. Their shoes are fit with fringes, ruffles, patent tortoiseshell leather, and thick ombre plexiglass heels, making the concept not for the faint of heart, but for the fiercest of the fierce. Having aided the shoe designs of Diesel, Chloe, John Richmond, and Kanye West, Charkviani is leading the charge to make their own name.

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Thomas Lieuvin 
Dedicated to comfort and to style, Thoman Lieuvin is a brand that almost seems too good to be true. Fanciful and feminine, every minute detail of his collections – from the vamp zipper to the superfluously chic straps, from the combination of printed calf hair and vibrant leather – urges you to take a step out of your comfort zone and into a new, chic state of mind. Think of it as Alice waking up in a Technicolor Wonderland, where you are Alice and Technicolor Wonderland is Bergdorf Goodman.

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Andrea Wazen
After studying fashion design in Paris and learning the ropes from internships at Rupert Sanderson, Elie Saab and Christian Louboutin, Andrea Wazen launched her own namesake luxury shoe line. Her designs exude feminine elegance topped off with their own “distinct personality” which you can shop at her beautiful boutique in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Poise Design
Candied apple sweet and Betty Page sassy, Poise Design is the perfect brand for the women who love a little (or a lot) of glitter to go with their electric pink, who love their pink loafers studded and their bows emblazoned with rhinestones. There is a very good chance that slipping into a pair of Poise Design’s shoes will make you feel like you’re playing a round of Pretty Pretty Princess, but when Cinderella herself would be jealous of your shoe collection, all you should feel is pride.

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Karen Gallo
If this day and age in fashion has one singular runaway trend that has exploded with unforeseen popularity, it’s blending urban flair with uptown sophistication and that fierce combination is honed to a gorgeous leather point in the hands of newcomer Karen Gallo. If structured lines, a monochromatic color palette, and contemporary verve is a hint of the collections to come, we’re officially waiting with bated breath.

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Ffion Lloyd 
Inspired by the gorgeous vibrancy and intricacy of nature, Ffion Lloyd is a London-based footwear designer specializing in bringing atoms, crystals, cells, and other little-noticed microcosms to fashion life. She’s worked for Tom Ford, Sophia Webster, and Marc Jacobs, which only spells a positive future for her solo career. We personally can’t wait to see the stunning, mother nature-inspired collections she creates.

Written by Shannon Weston

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Lucy Hale wore Brian Atwood Abell sandals to the 2014 Teen Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in LA. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black leather, gold spike studs & chain trim and 120mm heel. We’ve previously seen them on Jennifer LopezLea Michele and Emmy Rossum. Abell is available on sale at FarFetch plus you can find new Fall 2014 styles at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Outfit Details: Christian Dior red satin plunging v-neck peplum skirt dress, Melinda Maria Katrina Pave ring, Graziela Gems smoky couture Band ringEF Collection Diamond X stud & diamond ring plus EFFY Jewelry gold & diamond earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Lucy.

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Sarah Hyland wore Jimmy Choo Vuka sandals to the 2014 Teen Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in LA. These strappy heels feature black suede, adjustable buckled ankle-strap and covered 95mm heel. You can shop the latest Pre-Fall 2014 collection at Jimmy Choo and Jimmy Choo UK.

Outfit DetailsMarc Jacobs Resort 2015 vintage sequin halter cocktail dress with a open back plus Lorraine Schwartz black diamond jewels. 

Check out more shoes spotted on Sarah.

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Maria Sharapova wore Walter Steiger Theo d’Orsay pumps to the 2014 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. They’re from the Spring 2013 collection featuring cut-out black suede, pointed toe and signature claw-shaped heel. We’ve also seen these heels on Adriana Lima. You can shop current styles at Walter Stegier.

Outfit Details: Antonio Berardi embroidered layered jersey skirt cocktail dress from the latest Fall 2014 collection, a Jennifer fisher gold Double Knot pinky ring, Bottega Veneta clutch and Irene Neuwirth black onyx flower earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Maria.

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Keri Russell was spotted outside the ITV Studios in London wearing Gianvito Rossi Virtua mules. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black python leather, thick clear PVC strap and 105mm heel. We’ve also seen them on Lucy Liu, Emma Watson & Michelle Dockery. Virtua is available in black leather (as shown above) at Matches Fashion & Farfetch.

Outfit DetailsSaint Laurent Leopard print skirt, white Three Dots tee finished with a simple gold bangle and light summery make up.

Check out more shoes spotted on Keri.

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Cameron Diaz wore Balenciaga pumps to the NYC screening of ‘Sex Tape’ held at Regal Union Square. These half d’Orsay heels feature black & perforated suede overlays, a mesh asymmetric strap and 110mm heel. They’re available with a 90mm heel at Matches & MyTheresa.

Outfit Details: Vionnet Pre-Fall 2013 water colored silk wrap dress, Pomellato gold diamond hoop earrings & rings plus a cream/black box clutch.

Check out more shoes spotted on Cameron.

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Nicole Scherzinger was spotted outside BBC Studios in London wearing Jimmy Choo Anouk pumps. They feature orchid purple snakeskin, pointed-toe and 120mm heel. Anouk is available in several styles at Jimmy Choo & Jimmy Choo UK.

Outfit Details: Gypsy 05 Minerva printed rayon voile drawstring pants & cropped tank, large silver chain link necklace and arm cuff.

Check out more shoes spotted on Nicole.

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Debra Messing wore Sergio Rossi Chichi pumps to NBCUniversal’s 2014 Summer TCA Tour held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring electric blue suede, almond shape toe and 115 mm stiletto heel. Chichi is available at Moda Operandi and in several styles at Sergio Rossi.

Outfit Details: Hellessy blue silk quarter sleeve dress, shiny black manicure, berry pout and gold ear cuff earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Debra.

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Rashida Jones wore Isabel Marant Poppy pumps to NBCUniversal’s 2014 Summer TCA Tour held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. They feature black suede, stitched satin side bow and 100mm heel. We’ve also seen them on Katie Holmes. Poppy is available in python at Forward by Elyse Walker.

Outfit Details: Céline cobalt blue silk trousers, a shiny white button down J. Brand blouse, a Madewell blazer, several gold finger rings plus a bracelet, watch and hoop earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Rashida.

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Hannah Simone wore Kurt Geiger Brent pumps to the LA premiere of ‘Sex Tape’ held at Regency Village Theatre. They feature nude snakeskin leather, cut-out clear PVC sides and 110mm pin heel. Brent is available at Kurt Geiger & Harrods

Outfit DetailsSass & Bide houndstooth printed sleeveless peplum fitted dress, gold bracelet cuffs and painted white nails.

Check out more recent celebrity shoe spottings.