When Aquazzura launched we went crazy for the collection, the signature Amazon sandal was a must-have. Designer Edgardo Osorio definitely found his niche, making “sensible shoes sexy” , the styles are solid every season and FUN.
We’re crushing on the newest Tropicana sandal available in three colors; paradise pink, royal blue and black suede. They feature a playfully embellished knit & beaded baubles, pom pom tassels and self-tie long wrap-around ankle straps. Half sizes are available.
Art is brought to your feet in the latest collection of Yevrah designers Jason Harvey and Erwin Sweetwine.
A six-year in the making concept that’s finally been brought to life with Elemental; a collection filled with boots, pumps and a very special flat, that takes women back to the basics on a journey of style, class, and art.
We interviewed the Atlanta-based designers to learn about the influence, inspiration of this up-and-coming brand.
> How was Yevrah born? What was is that made you get into the industry of women’s shoe?
Jason: We always just had that love and respect for one another on campus during college. The genuine relationship was formed when we both ran against one another in a Mr. Freshman pageant. The running joke has Erwin won Mr. Freshman and I became 1st runner up! It was such a great experience.
I’ve been playing around with footwear for about six years now. My wife, a model since 13 now 23, is also an artist who helped guide me in the world of designing. I was persistent and had great ideas but they were not wearable ideas. As time went along, the designs began to mature thus the brand finally came to fruition late 2016.
> I see this collection was heavily influenced by nature. What I like the most about it is that you were able to take this concept and make it unique. As designers, how were you able to achieve this?
Erwin: Designing is an intricate process. With Jason being such an artistic person, we often have scaled down conceptual designs into wearable fashion. Honestly, that is what makes this experience so rewarding and fun. From choosing the materials to fitting and finalizing the collections, each step of the way required a lot of trial and error but seeing the collection manifest into Elemental was humbling.
Jason: Many cannot understand or explain what is called a gift at times. I’m just blessed with the ability to see things that are born from nothing. As a designer, it can be the most random things at times that will spark your imagination. A shadow can hit a branch in a specific way, and in my mind, I then spot a design and immediately get inspired.
> The collection is composed of 10 pieces that consist of pumps and boots, but amongst them is one flat, that I can say speaks for itself. It’s this great harmony of minimalistic, casual, elegant and I would dare to say even sporty. How did this particular style come into play? What inspired you in creating this shoe?
Erwin: Each design in the Elemental collection is intentional. The line really speaks to the women we hope will experience the brand. Jason constantly mentioned that he really loves the drawstring on shoes, so this incorporated in both the flat and mule gives a sporty yet edgy look. The style is very niche and versatile, and we know that women look for unique pieces to incorporate into their wardrobe.
Jason: Women are powerful and daring…but even the daring beauties at times want to level style out with comfort. That is how the Diver flat was born. I envisioned the woman to be chic and comfortable unlike its sister style which is greater in height.
> You’re both artists and this is a big part of your brand’s identity, so much so that you participated in the 2016 Art Basel in Miami, one of the biggest art shows in the country. Your website is called Art of Yevrah. What were some of the biggest artistic influences while designing the line?
Erwin: We envisioned the brand being a form of expression just like art. We started with a blank canvas. We literally had no experience in footwear. Partnering with Jason allowed the both of us to leverage our life experiences and to develop a brand that is hopefully here for many more years to come. Our inspiration is everyday people who enjoy being daring and different.
Jason: Life inspires me.. Art is life.. Art is expression, freedom.. with that being said- Power also comes into play with this. You feel indestructible when putting the brush into play. The canvas is empowering and life changing with every piece that you choose to create. It’s exhilarating but most importantly it heals.
> On your website, you state that your shoes incorporate unconventional materials, what’s the materials that take the biggest role in the confection of your shoes? That material that you believe is what sets you apart?
Erwin: The cork material is the most unconventional, complex materials to use when designing shoes. The material we used is actually imported from Portugal. A lot of people including our manufacturer said it sucks a risk using this material. We said: “Let’s do it! We have to make it work.” And we did! Jason and I are more than excited about the construction and quality of the shoes made of cork in this collection.
Jason: I would say cork… It’s tricky to use this kind of material at times because it is a dry material. It does not always agree with what you want it to do. You just don’t find many brands out here that are willing to risk this type of production.
> For now, your main focus is women’s line. Can we expect a men’s shoe line in the future?
Jason: For sure! It gets stressful sometimes not being able to wear all of this beautiful work! Yevrah is so full time at the moment I just cannot commit to creating the men’s line yet but, very soon. The gentleman will not be disappointed.
Erwin: Most definitely! We can’t wait to expand into the world of men’s footwear. As of right now, we don’t have an estimated time for when that will release but we have heavily considered it and know that is the direction we would like to move in.
The signature Casadei “Blade” pump gets another makeover for Spring 2017 and we can’t look away. We adore the hot pink and fiery orange combination on this batik-printed glossy patent leather. This standout is finished with a black lacquered covered signature stiletto, sleek pointed-toe and black insole. Half sizes are available.
Bringing bringing boudoir outside of the dressing room for Spring 2016, Christian Louboutin embellishes this sexy lingerie-inspired Hot Jeanbi d’Orsay pump with two black garter straps. Ooh la la! They also feature delicate black floral lace, sheer toe, piped patent leather trim, black leather covered heel and signature red sole. Half sizes are available.
This Spring 2017 Ferme Rouge pump was inspired by feminine curves with it’s high-rise heel and sculpted cutout vamp. We love the striking rougissime suede upper combined with spring’s go-to neutral, a timeless leopard-print covered stiletto. It’s finished with a contrasting black leather front tie at the ankle, white patent leather covered sides and piped metallic gold leather trim. For an even more classic option, it’s also sold in black leather. Half sizes are available.
Bloomsbury is a striking sandal featuring digital floral printed silk satin from the Fall 2016 collection with matching embroidered trim, button snap straps, dark blue silk covered heel and side zip closure. Webster gave us a insider’s look at the making of this design and we’ve also spotted a custom gladiator style worn by celebrity Serayah McNeill.
Half sizes are available and we suggest ordering 1/2 size up as this brand tends to run small.
You can also find the Bloomsbury d’Orsay pump with the same flower power print available at Neiman Marcus and FarFetch:
There are a few brands we turn to for those wear every day, all day shoes and we love these styles on sale at Coach right now. Our favorite shoes featured below are designed in beautiful suede and leather with just the right amount of height – the perfect match of wearable and walkable. We’ve also listed the ones on sale (currently 40% off right now).
Lena suede lace-up bootie in black and burgundy; available (on sale!) at Coach.
Westyn suede fringe boots with a stacked wood heel in black & saddle brown; available at Coach.
Shae Tea Rose cut-out leather pump with long wrap-around laces in black leather and racing green available (on sale!) at Coach.
We’re currently receiving some form of disciplinary action. It involves complete submission to a squad of ready-for-fashion-battle shoes –and you’ll be answering the call of duty soon too, once you get your eyes on them. Together, let’s salute the Gianvito Rossi Fall/Winter 2016 collection –our new shoe heroes.
Rossi’s latest line of footwear is an homage to French and British military uniforms (along with its signature Italian craftsmanship, of course). Adorned with rich hues and regal embellishments, ankle boots and sandals are strikingly commanding –but with a feminine flair that screams elegance –perfect for the lady bosses and the style savants who are ready to conquer the world this fall.
The collection is sharp and striking –reminiscent of the richly decorated uniforms of the Navy. The Augusta is a velvet gem. Blue, gold and garnet embroideries decorate the sexy stiletto sandal, while the midnight blue Miral bootie brims with fit-for-royalty details such as shiny gold buttons and satin red piping.
The sensual shape of the slip-on loafer might just make you give your classic black pumps a long break. The Moret features a high vamp d’Orsay with naked sides, and a thin 105 mm stiletto heel. Your new power shoe, perhaps?
The Vendome Bootie boasts of a cage design that captures the frogging detail of military jackets. It consists of embroidered loops of black suede with gold stitching, creating a fierce yet ultra-feminine finish.
Mink and lamb shearlings also add a fun and flirty touch to the collection. The Moritz is an eye-popping emerald suede bootie with a fur-covered front and a lace-up detail to the ankle –a gorgeous accent no doubt, to an LBD or a white tee and jeans combo.
Gianvito Rossi’s Fall ’16 collection is an army of bold and powerful footwear that celebrate femininity and relaxed elegance. The only war we now have to fight is: How can we get our hands on ALL these shoes, stat?!
About the author: Romina Tobias is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. She thinks her 5’4″ height and her love for long walks make her deserving of all the stilettos, pumps, sandals and ballet flats in the world. If only the cupcakes she expertly bakes can be traded in for a new pair (or two, or hopefully, more).
For Dean and Dan these prim n’ proper show-stompers were the perfect finishing touches for their “samurai x Victorian x combat Fall 2016 collection“. They feature layers upon layers of fine floral lace, tassel fringe trim, black silk, high embellished backing, lace printed insole and double ankle strap. Plus, burrowed in the nest of lace there’s a triple pearl drop charm. Half sizes are available.