Harry Winston, an American luxury jeweler, once said ‘’People will stare , make it worth their while’’.
And , I think we girls are experts at that. We can dress exceptionally well , can work wonders with make-up , come up with a bunch of crazy hairstyles and wear flats and heels and wedges and boots. I mean, that is a feat!
Since we are on shoes , it is but an understatement that girls love their shoes. It’s like the more , the merrier. We need to have all kinds of shoes. We even track our favorite celebrities and fashion bloggers for the big scoop on their heel favorites.
So , it is a no-brainer that girls do keep a track of designer shoes as well. And trust me , the designer shoes are what the good stuff is made of.
So girls , read further to know some of the best designer brands a girl always dreams of!
Caution: Some pictures are too graphic. May cause serious love at first sight.
1. Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin is a French luxury footwear and fashion designer. His signature style is the shiny, red-lacquered soles , commonly referred to as “sammy red-bottoms”.
Louboutin had also created a limited line of blue soles. They were manufactured keeping in mind the American brides where a custom of ‘Something Old Something New , Something Borrowed , Something Blue” is followed traditionally. The heels take care of the ‘something blue’ part.
Louboutin helped bring stilettos back into fashion in the 1990s and 2000s, designing dozens of styles with heel heights 4 inches and higher. While he does offer some lower-heeled styles, Louboutin is generally associated with his dressier evening-wear designs incorporating jeweled straps, bows, feathers, patent leather, red soles, and other similar decorative touches.
Extreme Shoes : One of the most bizarre ‘heels’ to have come from Louboutin has to be the Ballerinas.
Fun Fact : Christian Louboutin has stores all over the word which are said to be different from each other , but they have one thing in common i.e Louboutin himself designs the stores.
2. Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik is a Spanish fashion designer and owner of the self-named high end shoe brand.
In 1970, Blahnik had a chance to meet Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief of Vogue U.S, while he was travelling in New York. He showed his portfolio of fashions and set design to Vreeland, and then she looked him straight in the eye and said, “Young man, do things, do accessories, do shoes.” And this is how the great shoe designer was born.
One of the major reasons why this brand is so expensive is because of the material they use in their shoes.
Extreme Shoes : The brand’s most expensive shoes are made from alligator’s skin and are called Blaxia Alligator.
Fun Fact : Blahnik not only draws the design of a pair of shoes, but also hand-crafts the shoes himself. He carves the wood last, which he then hand sculpts the shoe onto. When the time comes for mass production, he oversees every step to ensure each shoe is an exact copy of his original creation. He always keeps with him every one of his designs.
3. Alexander Mcqueen
Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier. Sadly , McQueen committed suicide in 2010.
McQueen has been credited with bringing drama and extravagance to the catwalk. He used new technology and innovation to add a different twist to his shows and often shocked and surprised audiences. The silhouettes that he created have been credited for adding a sense of fantasy and rebellion to fashion.
McQueen became one of the first designers to use Indian models in London.
Extreme Shoes : McQueen is known for his bizarre shoe designs and it is reported that he had created the Armadillo shoes for his SS10 collection , which were a towering 10 inch heel shoes. Lady Gaga wore it in her ‘Bad Romance’ video.
Fun Fact : He applied for a job as a pattern cutter at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design; the school was so impressed by his portfolio they instead invited him on as a Masters student.
4. Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo is a Malaysian fashion designer based in the United Kingdom. He is best known for co-founding Jimmy Choo Ltd. that became known for its handmade women’s shoes.
Jimmy Choo used the craftsmanship he learned from his father, also a cobbler, to create some of the most coveted shoes in the world.
One of the things that make his shoes so unique is the materials he uses. Choo loves to use unusual materials for his shoes because some of the materials are easier to work with and tend to dye better than others. Snakeskin, particularly python, is one of his preferred materials, as well as fish scales and even fur and feathers.
Extreme Shoes : Jimmy Choo launched a capsule collection in 2011 , ‘Iconic Choos’ which comprised of the most memorable and famous styles. The line included the Feather sandal worn by Carrie Bradshaw in ”Sex and the City” among other popular designs.
Fun Facts : In preparation for a Katharine Hamnett fashion show, Jimmy Choo once worked non-stop three days and nights, sewing beads on shoes.
5. Brian Atwood
Atwood’s love affair with fashion began at an early age, where he spent hours as a boy gazing at his mother’s wardrobe. It was further developed at Southern Illinois University where he studied art and architecture, and eventually to New York where he studied clothing design at FIT.
After graduating , he embarked on a 7-year modeling career that took him to the runways of Europe. Atwood then , pursued several fashion companies for design jobs and was eventually discovered by Gianni Versace. Atwood began his career by designing ready-to-wear pieces for Versace’s younger design line – Versus and was soon promoted to head designer of Versace accessories.
While working with Versace’s skilled artisans, Atwood fine-tuned his abilities and began conceiving his own label. In 2001, he debuted the first Brian Atwood collection , dedicated to stop-and-stare, drop-dead-gorgeous shoes made from the best manufacturers in Italy.
Extreme Shoes : For the Victoria’s Secret fashion show 2015 , Brian Atwood created some exquisite and bizarre shoe designs like a fur embellished pair of gladiators or a butterfly inspired heels.
Fun Fact : Apparently , Atwood was told by a psychic that he would one day become famous for something to do with feet. This happened well before he took up the job with Versace.
6. Steve Madden
Steve Madden is the founder and former CEO of the Steve Madden Ltd. It is said that he has earlier been employed at a shoe store while only 16 and a women’s clothing boutique and also as a sales representative and various other small jobs.
He founded a footwear line , Souliers which failed after which he founded the Steve Madden Ltd in 1990 , selling shoes from the trunk of his car initially. With a mere $1,100 in his bank account, Madden started crafting shoe designs from his Queens-based factory
Inspired by rock and roll, fused with a jolt of sex appeal and urban edge, Madden creates products that are innovative, sometimes wild and always spot-on-chic.
Extreme Shoes : For Spring 2014 , Steve Madden collaborated with R&B singer Keyshia Cole to create shoes with bold colors, graphic prints, sky-high platforms and heels, on-trend designs, and sexy silhouettes. Featured is the ‘Freal’ pumps which feature rhinestones, studded embellishments, 6-inch heels, and a dazzling pale gold color.
Fun Fact : Steve Madden’s character is featured in popular culture in the movie ‘the Wolf of Wall Street’. Jake Hoffman has played Steve Madden in the movie.
7. Walter Steiger
Walter Steiger is a French shoe company, founded in Geneva in 1932 by Walter Steiger senior , seeking to make made-to-measure shoes for men and women.
In order to pursue his shoe designing dreams , he moved to Zurich to complete an apprenticeship at Molnar Bottier , gradually moving to Paris for further opportunities. It was then that Walter took his first creative step and shortly after, moved to London. Walter’s early experience in Paris and London undoubtedly shaped the philosophy of his work.
Walter collaborated with some of the most renowned fashion houses. He is one of the most influential designers in the history of modern footwear, while many of his creations revolutionized the shoe industry, many of them are now considered classics
Extreme Shoes : A bizarre and very popular style of Steigler’s heels are the ‘Curved Heels’. It makes one wonder if a woman can walk for long in those curved heels without toppling over.
Fun Facts : Walter expressed an avid interest in art and design throughout his childhood which lead him to work alongside his father, a shoemaker, starting at a very young age.
8. Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo was an Italian shoe designer. He worked with many Hollywood stars in the 1920s, before returning to Italy to found the eponymous company making unique handmade footwear. His scientific and creative approach to shoes spawned many innovations such as the wedge heel and cage heel.
Salvatore Ferragamo died in 1960 at the age of 62, but his name lives on as an international company, which has expanded its operations to include luxury shoes, bags, eyewear, silk accessories, watches, perfumes and a ready-to-wear clothing line.
Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor are the only Bollywood actresses to have got their custom-made Ferragamos.
Extreme Shoes : Ferragamo’s most famous invention is the ‘Cage Heel’. The heel of this shoe is made like that of a cage. His other ‘crazy’ inventions include the ‘Invisible Sandal’ and the multicolored Suede platforms among others.
Fun Facts : Ferragamo created the Maharani Wedge for the Indira Devi , Maharani of Cooch Behar in 1938.
9. Nicholas Kirkwood
Nicholas Kirkwood is a British footwear designer. He founded his shoe brand in 2004 and gained the attention of press and buyers for his signature sculptural shoes. He felt there was a gap in the market for statement shoes & so enrolled at Cordwainers in 2001.
He is famous for the architectural quality of his designs and his innovative use of materials including devoré satin, hand-printed suede and leather, degradé fabrics, python, shaved stingray, laser-cut mirror leather, cobra and rubberised leather.
Extreme Shoes : As Kirkwood was born in 1980 , in 2015, he created a collection paying homage to that decade’s most iconic pop culture. The collection features eight pairs of shoes inspired by the likes of Star Wars and Pac-Man, and is the very definition of retro chic.
Fun Fact : In late 2009, Kirkwood collaborated with Swarovski to design the Nicholas Kirkwood for Atelier Swarovski jewellery collection.
10. Stuart Weitzman
Stuart A. Weitzman is an American designer, entrepreneur and founder of the eponymous international, high-end shoe company.
In the late 1950s, Weitzman’s father, Seymour Weitzman, started a shoe factory in Haverhill, Massachusetts, called “Seymour Shoes”. Stuart began designing shoes for his father’s business in the early 1960s.
Stuart Weitzman’s trademark use of unique materials (e.g., cork,24-karat gold) and his attention to detail garnered him and his company a global following. His shoes are sold in over 70 countries.
Extreme Shoes : A popular heels from Weitzman , the ‘Peepers’ pumps is basically a simple peep-toe pump dressed in a satin fabric for a vibrant look. But what catches the eye is the rows of crystals encrusted on the 4-inch heels of the shoes.
Fun Facts : Weitzman is a stamp collector and in 2014 , had reportedly purchased the world’s most famous stamp the British Guiana 1c magenta at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. Later , he identified himself as the purchaser and has lent the stamp to the National Postal Museum for exhibition.
I bet after reading this gorgeous list of designers , you are going to want to go for shoe shopping. Although not the the exact pairs but we definitely can get some inspiration from these designers.
So what are you waiting for? Go and get yourself some some new shoes!!