• Fashion Bomb 101: 15 Luxury Shoe Brands You Should Have on Your Radar

    In an e-mail titled, “Other Shoe Brands to Know,” Brittany writes, “It is hard to believe that there once was a time before Christian Louboutin was the coveted shoe. Now a lot of us seem to be over the red bottoms. Could you do a post about other fabulous designer shoe labels that should be on our radar?” Though we mentioned several alternative shoe brands in this archived Fashion Discussion titled, “Do You Need Red Bottoms to Elevate Your Shoe Game?, perhaps that post wasn’t clear…so we broke it down with 15 of our favorite (non red bottom) luxury shoe brands:

    1. Giuseppe Zanotti

    Nicki Minaj wasn’t playing when she declared Giuseppe Zanotti heels, “the monster shoe.” From sneakers to pumps to heel-less sandals and wedges, Zanotti has it all–and celebs are clear fans.

    Zanotti’s star client list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood. Everyone from Kim Kardashian to Cassie to Keri Hilson has been spied in a pair of their pumps or wedge heels:

    From my personal experience they’re more comfortable and somewhat more affordable than Louboutins (especially during sale season). Take a look at a few current styles:

    2. Nicholas Kirkwood

    Though Nicholas Kirkwood of course has his share of regular pumps, he makes a splash by playing with platforms, along with alluring lace ups, and colors:
    Beyonce, Lala, and Ms. Dynamite have been seen in brand’s lace up platform sandals, and Thandie Newton loves chic Kirkwood pumps:

    Try these on for size:

    3. Charlotte Olympia
    Charlotte Olympia’s signature ‘island’ platforms offer height and a distinctive look. Jennifer Lopez, Estelle, Erica Reid, and Kim Kardashian have all worn a pair, sidling up to the brand’s vertiginous heels:

    Editors, socialites, and the fashion set clearly cosign:

    Get ’em here:

    4. Brian Atwood
    Want conservative class? Opt for Brian Atwood. Never audacious, the platform beauts set a stylish standard without an in-your-face aesthetic.

    J. Lo and Zoe Saldana are two of the brand’s biggest clients; both have been papped several times in the alluring heels:

    Atwoods will run you $600+, though the lower priced yet equally cute B by Brian Atwood line has options in the $300 range:

    5. Walter Steiger
    Heel curator Walter Steiger is now more known for his curved heels than anything else. The family owned company has a small, but growing client roster amongst Hollywood glitterati, including Nicki Minaj, Ashanti, and Beyonce.

    Walter Steiger heels are a bit elusive–they’re not stocked in many luxury department stores, which only adds to their caché:

    Prices start at $300 (on sale) and up. Get ’em at Barneys.com.
    6. Gianmarco Lorenzi
    Gianmarco Lorenzi shoes are known for their bright colors and super high platforms.

    Nicki Minaj likes to take risks with her footwear, so she’s frequently spied in pairs on various red carpets:

    Beyonce is also a client, wearing Lorenzi shoes for casual dates and blockbuster videos:

    Look to spend anywhere from $500-$1,000:

    7. Pierre Hardy

    French brand Pierre Hardy colorblocks with the best of them, and also offers fun deviations like paillette peppered heels, and metallic tinged sandals:

    While Hardy’s flow in and out of favor with women (depending on the season), men stay fly in Pierre Hardy sneaks all year round:

    Pierre Hardy shoes average $500 and up, though you can find some on sale for around $300:

    8. Ruthie Davis

    Ruthie Davis’s neon, spiked, look-at-me heels have been worn by everyone from Amber Rose to Beyoncé.

    Davis’s styles make a splash thanks to fun details like deconstructed heels, vivid bursts of color, and fun embellisments:

    While few celebs are adventurous enough to try her more bold styles, trust us when we say there’s a lot to love. Expect to spend $500-$1,000 (but keep an eye peeled for sample sales!):


    9. Camilla Skovgaard

    Danish designer Camilla Skovgaard makes shoes her own with signature spiky, serrated rubber soles. Whether playing on sandals or pumps, the soles render regular shoes fun, edgy, and walking works of art:

    Kimora Lee, Kim Kardashian, Brandy and Halle Berry have worn the brand, catering particularly to its leg lengthening cutout sandals:

    Prices start at $250 (on sale), and go up, up, up:

    Aside from loving a few particular shoes designers, we of course can’t get enough of the accessories available at select fashion houses. In addition to offering amazing ready-to-wear, these brands also have the shoe game on lock.
    A few of my favorites:
    10. Lanvin

    If you love Lanvin dresses, you’ll adore Lanvin shoes. It seems the brand always offers the highest yet most elegant wedges and heels, with sexy strap details and ribbon ties.

    This season, they came out with cut out heels, laser cut boots, and pumps with sequined flower embellishments:

    11. Prada & Miu Miu

    Big sister Prada and little sister Miu Miu consistently offer unique and intriguing footwear. Every season, stylistas like Rihanna, Kourtney Kardashian, and Monica take their pick of polka dot platforms, brogues, ankle strap pumps:

    Prada and Miu Miu shoes are comfy, and have sick sales.
    Check out a few Prada picks here:

    And more from Miu Miu:

    12. Fendi

    Yes, Fendi goes a little overboard with logos sometimes, emblazoning boots and sandals with the ubiquitous “F” on the toe box:

    But once you get past the logo lovin, you can cling to Fendi’s adventurous hues, high platforms, and classic swagger:

    13. Gucci

    Gucci is known for understated luxury, and their shoes reflect the house’s sensibility.

    The brand excels in nimble sandals and ankle strap platform pumps:

    14. Versace

    Want a pair of bright, high as the sky, can-barely-walk, couture/stripper heels? Look no further than Versace:

    Somehow the brand made ‘pole’ inspired platforms de rigeur, and Fashion Bomb celebs love them:

    When you rock with Versace, you’re rocking with neon hues and 5 inch platforms:

    Only the strong need apply:

    15. Yves Saint Laurent

    Nothing says ‘classic’ more than YSL Trib and Tribtoo pumps and sandals. When you need a ‘go-to’ shoe, look no further:

    Aside from their now classic pumps and sandals, you can tap YSL for everything from funky wedges to spiked booties:

    Of course this list is far from complete. Every house from Louis Vuitton to Givenchy to Dolce & Gabbana , Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino make amazing shoes. And we can’t forget mainstays like Sergio Rossi and Jimmy Choo.
    This was just a short list of our faves.
    What are some of your favorite luxury shoe brands?


    Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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