GentleWoman Fashion Dictionary - shoe designers

Women love beautiful shoes. There’s a reason why Christian Louboutin created stilettos with a red sole, because as he says – the red sole gives women confidence and men the green light. A conscious woman chooses quality, top-notch accessories will last for years. Looking for the perfect pair of shoes can break more than one heel, so we have created a review of the most interesting shoe designers. Welcome to the GentleWoman fashion dictionary – shoe designers.


A - like Aquazurra, or modernity, luxury and comfort

Despite the fact that the brand does not have a very long tenure – it was founded in 2011 – it can boast quite a number of boutiques around the world and great recognition in the market. It is one of the few to have a loyal clientele, including fashion experts and critics, celebrities like Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Beyonce, as well as members of the royal family. Edgaro Osorio, the lead designer, creates in a very modern and luxurious style for discerning and fashionable women.

Osorio has been named designer of the year several times. He was appreciated not only for his design style, but also for the comfort he gives his customers. Polish women have also fallen in love with Aquazurra shoes, and thanks to designer Joanna Przetakiewicz, the shoes are available in La Mania boutiques.

B - Brian Antwood, or glitz, glamour and sensuality

If you need very spectacular shoes for special occasions, you will undoubtedly find them at Antwood. Splendor and glamour are the words that best capture the philosophy of his designs. The young generation designer creates for conscious women who live and sleep in high heels. The brand was founded in 2001 and quickly became very popular – perhaps thanks to Gianni Versace, under whose tutelage the designer honed his skills and nurtured his love of jewels and glitter.

GentleWoman Fashion Dictionary - shoe designers
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Brian Antwood stilettos

C - like Casadei and its chic, class and elegance: designs by Charlotte Olympia and timeless classics by Christian Louboutin

Casadei are among some of the most beloved stilettos by celebrities. The brand’s history dates back to the 1950s. The couple Quinto and Flora Casadei opened their first boutique with an atelier in the 1970s. Quality workmanship and elegant style are the main features of the Italian brand. It is impossible to confuse them with other shoes. The love of classic, timeless models is why women have invariably chosen Casadei for years. Nothing adds class and chic to a woman like high-end footwear.

Charlotte Olympia, on the other hand, focuses on extravagance. The young designer creates very daring shoes, the most famous of which are the Kitty moccasins adorned with a cat’s snout and the Dolly model – high-heeled pumps with a distinctive gold sole on the front. The brand was founded in 2008, and is most often chosen by celebrities from across the Ocean for the red carpet. Charlotte Olympia’s biggest fans include: Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian.

The fashion alphabet would not exist without Christian Louboutin. He is the world’s most famous shoemaker and author of the words , “There are shoes that dress a woman and those that undress her. Even the most fashion-resistant associate the distinctive stilettos with red soles. Christian Louboutin came up with the idea of covering the sole in an intense red color  by peeping at the red nails of his assistant. Due to the huge number of imitators, the brand decided to patent its distinctive mark. Before creating his empire, however, the designer honed his skills designing for major fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. Since 1991, the French designer has been a favorite of women who love shoes. One of his first clients was Princess Caroline of Monaco, and soon Madonna, Catherine Deneuve, Tina Turner and Jennifer Lopez also became clients. These perfectly fitting stilettos, comfortable and insanely elegant, are the dream of almost every woman.

GentleWoman Fashion Dictionary - shoe designers
Christian Louboutin – the world’s most famous shoemaker

G - reliable workmanship and detail by Giuseppe Zanotti and the power of color by Gianmarc Lorenzi

Giussepe Zanotti has been creating footwear for men and women since 2000. He opened his first boutique in Milan, but quickly became a globally recognized designer, with as many as 50 boutiques at the moment. He presented his first collection in New York, where he immediately gained much recognition. Zanotti shoes, thanks to their quality workmanship and interesting details, have not been off the red carpet for years – celebrities love these shoes, which, however, are decidedly different from classic Italian shoe models. The brand draws on tradition, but translates it into modernity. For several years, the designer’s muse and the face of advertising campaigns has been a Pole – Anja Rubik.

Six-centimeter platform and ten-centimeter heels, a combination of beauty, art and glamour – we are talking about Gianmarco Lorenzi shoes. If you are adventurous and like a challenge, the best shoes for you will be from this Italian designer. Lorenzi has a reputation as a perfectionist, specializing in colorful, high-heeled thin stilettos. Any open-minded shoe lover will find something for herself here.

J - Jimmy Choo - the perfect london look

Jimmy Choo, a British man of Malaysian descent, designed his first shoes at the age of 11. He has always known that his dream was to create shoes for women. In London he began to learn his trade, and there he realized his dreams by opening his first boutique. He was soon joined by Tamara Mellon, formerly a journalist for British Vogue, investing in the talented creator’s designs. Today, the Jimmy Choo brand is a huge empire that sells not only shoes, but also handbags, accessories, sunglasses and cosmetics. In 2001, to general surprise, at the company’s most buoyant moment of growth, the designer resigned. He argued his decision on the grounds that for him the most important thing was to create, the process of handicrafts, and the direction in which the business developed was not quite in line with his life philosophy. Among his favorite and most loyal customers, Jimmy Choo pointed to Princess Diana

GentleWoman Fashion Dictionary - shoe designers
Marion Cotillard on the red carpet in Jimmy Choo stilettos

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Another of the world’s most recognizable shoe designers, along with Jimmy Choo and Loboutin. Carrie Bradshow, the heroine of “Sex in the City,” played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is the best advertisement and also an advocate of Manolo shoes. Thanks to her adoration for the works of the Spanish designer of Czech descent, millions of women around the world have coveted these unusual slippers. Each of his shoes is a work of art, and he himself is sometimes called a master haute shoes. Madonna once stated that shoes from Manolo “are better than sex.” Could there be a better recommendation?

N - Nicholas Kirkwood - compilation of colors, materials and colors

His first collection was created in 2005, and he opened his first boutique four years later in London. It is impossible to confuse Kirkwood’s designs with any other. Bold combinations of hues, materials and colors, as well as a playful form, are the hallmarks of his footwear. The manifesto on its website is directed to confident women who know their own value and have their own unique style.

P - Pierre Hardy - passion and confidence

Who hasn’t heard of the Parisian fashion house Hermes? However, designers always remain somewhat in the shadows until they open a brand under their own name. Pierre Hardy, a French designer, commanded the accessories line at fashion house Hermes for years, and also enjoyed great success creating for Balenciaga. Finally, he decided to create a own brand collecting creative projects and there to gather their creative projects. The French designer creates for women who are bold, passionate and like themselves. She combines her talent for art with her love of fashion. As a graduate of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, he creates true footwear works of art.

R - Roger Vivier's architectural approach

It’s hard not to mention one of the most important shoe designers – Roger Vivier is the author of some of the most beautiful shoes in fashion history. The combination of his talent for space design (he was an architect by training) and his passion for footwear resulted in shoes that have become legends. The model with a “comma” heel was designed specifically for the Christian Dior show. Vivier used materials such as silk and sequins in his designs, breaking convention and introducing a whole new quality. His shoes were loved by stars such as Cathrine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and members of The Beatles, clattering on the silver screen in films and music videos.

S - is like Salvatore Ferragamo and unconventional materials, Steve Madden and a whiff of 70s music. and Stuart Weitzman and shoes made of gold

One of Italy’s most luxurious fashion houses, Ferragamo was founded in 1920. The founder and originator of the brand created footwear for world cinema stars: Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, and decades later for Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. It is not without reason that Ferragama is hailed as a visionary – it is to him that we owe the shoes on the anchor and the so-called “boots”. cage heel – That is, the heel tapers downward, providing very stable support for the foot. He was the first to experiment in footwear production, using completely new materials: wood, cork, felt, etc. After the death of the originator and founder, the brand is headed by the sons of Wanda and Salvator Ferragam, still creating some of the most interesting and comfortable shoes.

The typical “American dream” came true for the brand created by Steve Madden, which was launched in 1990. Madden had just $1,100 in his bank account when he opened his business and sold shoes from the trunk of his car. The company’s philosophy was short – fashionable shoes at affordable prices and a combination of fashion and music. Steve Madden hit the trends perfectly from the very beginning. His first shoes, platforms inspired by 1970s music, instantly became one of the most coveted models. A talent for business and a perfect sense of prevailing fashion are key characteristics of the designer.

Stuart Weitzman may not have made a career “from pony to millionaire,” but he has created one of the the most recognized footwear brands in all of America. The company’s founder creates very sophisticated models, many of which look more like museum exhibits. A distinctive feature that distinguishes the shoes of the Stuart Weitzman brand is the materials from which they are made. One of the most famous models was created from 24K gold.

T - like ballerinas Tory Burch

Ballerinas are the brand’s trademark: crinkled at the back, with a distinctive buckle at the front. One of America’s biggest celebrities, Paris Hilton, fell in love with the Reva model, and as a result, the brand’s recognition has grown tremendously. Today, Tora is one of the richest women in the US. She built her brand at a remarkable pace, and within a decade managed to create a huge empire. Its success is measured not only in millions of dollars. She also won the title of best accessory designer of 2008 in a competition in which  beat Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs.

W - Walter Steiger and banana heel

A brand with great traditions, yet thoroughly modern. The Italian brand is characterized by minimalism and the best quality materials. Walter Steiger began creating his shoes in the 1930s. It was not until the 1970s that his son successively developed his father’s idea. In 1947, he opened his first boutique in Paris, and in no time at all, he captured the other fashion capitals. The son of a shoemaker initially gained his experience at big fashion houses such as Calvin Klein, Chloé, Nina Ricci or Oscar de la Renta. Today, one of the most associated models is a shoe with a heel shaped like a banana.

Z - find the perfect pair

Stilettos are perhaps one of the greatest attributes of femininity. Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of French Vogue advises: “Always wear high boots. Yes, they give you power. You move differently, sit differently, even talk differently.” Heels have been a woman’s greatest friend for decades; they not only slenderize the figure and optically lengthen the legs, but also add confidence. The ideal model of stilettos is one that is our calling card, and in duet with red lipstick will enrich even the simplest little black dress.


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