Top Shoe Designers Share Their Inspirations & Exclusive Sketches

Aurora James, Brother Vellies

“I took a magical trip to Ethiopia while I was designing this collection. I was inspired by the people of the Omo Valley and how they interact with the landscape around them to make their environment a beautiful and sustainable place. I hope this collection can feel as alive as the people whose hands helped bring it to life.”

Brother Vellies fall 2016 collection
The Omo Valley tribe & Brother Vellies over-the-knee springbok boot.
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Gianvito Rossi

“Every season, we focus on the idea of a modern woman. We try to find the perfect balance between proportion, shape and line. Elegance is about essential lines. For the Carlyle style,
I wanted a sophisticated and naked sandal. We can say ‘less is back.’”

Gianvito Rossi fall 2016 collection
Modern architecture's clean lines & Gianvito Rossi stiletto sandal.
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Theresa Ebagua, Chelsea Paris

“A Moroccan nomad — a true embodiment of the quintessential Bedouin — was the inspiration for the Chelsea Paris fall collection. Idyllic North African motifs are gently interlaced with the beauty of Gothic romanticism. The collection marries two contrasting threads: the alluring with the free wanderer.”

Chelsea Paris fall 2016 collection
A Moroccan interior & Chelsea Paris lace-up ankle boot.
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Giuseppe Zanotti

“The fall collection is inspired by the clubs of the 1980s. It is dedicated to a strong woman who loves to express herself through irreverent outfits and accessories. The suede bootie is characterized by oversized circles for a graphic effect.”

Giuseppe Zanotti fall 2016 collection
A 1980s dance club in Ibiza & Giuseppe Zanotti cage-sandal bootie.
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Cesare Casadei, Casadei

“The visual optimism of the 1970s often inspires me to create multifaceted shoes. The latest fall collection has a ‘modern folk’ influence with wildly cool ornaments and decorations that enhance pure silhouettes.”

Casadei fall 2016 collection
Jane Birkin & Casadei studded boot with fringe detailing.
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Jerome C. Rousseau

“My fall collection is inspired in great part by Grace Jones. I saw her perform for the first time at the Hollywood Bowl a few months ago, and it felt life-changing for me. Her angular aesthetics, sheer eccentricity and raw talent touched and inspired me,  from silhouette to color to material.”

Jerome C. Rousseau fall 2016 collection
Grace Jones on stage & Jerome C. Rousseau leopard-print over-the-knee boot.
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Jerome Dreyfuss

“There are some classics you can never get enough of. This season, I went through the closets of chic mademoiselles like Catherine Deneuve. With age comes even more allure.”

Jerome Dreyfuss fall 2016 collection
Catherine Deneuve & Jerome Dreyfuss snakeskin below-the-knee boot.
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Roland Mouret, Robert Clergerie

“For our 35-year celebration of the Robert Clergerie brand, we were inspired by the strong architectural design of so many styles in our archives. For this one, we added a bit of rock to a perfectly proportioned wedge.”

Robert Clergerie fall 2016 collection
La Grande Arche de la Defense & Robert Clergerie leather slouchy boot.
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Edmundo Castillo, Aquatalia

“I was inspired by the beautiful furniture and interiors of Christian Liaigre. Bold, modern, timeless, functional, graphic and organic. Livable and not fragile. That is what I want the Aquatalia collection to be about.”

Aquatalia fall 2016 collections
A Christian Liaigre interior & Aquatalia strappy sandal.
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Daniele Michetti

“The Graphique collection is reminiscent of details and techniques that have shaped the brand’s heritage. Sophisticated color combinations and artisanal details, like leather flowers, merge to rejuvenate signature, flattering styles with an edge.”

Daniele Michetti fall 2016 collection
Red floral hues & Daniele Michetti embellished sling-back pump.
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Maryam Malakpour, Newbark

“A modern inter-pretation of 1970s Glam Rock morphed with 1960s Mod-Rockers. Metallic gold platform wedges with flat nickel studs and classic androgynous loafers with contrasting piping and nickel or bronze hardware.”

Newbark fall 2016 collection
Kiss on stage & Newbark studded wedge sandal.
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Giorgia Caovilla, O’Jour

“There’s a part of Venice in every collection. This time, it’s the Venice Opera House — I was astonished by a beautiful cherub painted on the ceiling. The lights and the delightful colors made me think about hand-cut leather curls on the foot.”

O'Jour fall 2016 collection
The Venice Opera House & O'Jour ruffled mule sandal.
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Pedro Garcia

“This season, we have introduced a new edition — in frayed satin — of a customer favorite. The Albany is back in all its silky ruffled vintage glory, in a d’Orsay wedge. It’s all about experimenting with satin: a raw finish for an exquisite and sumptuous material.”

Pedro Garcia fall 2016 collection
Deep pink satin & Pedro Garcia satin d'Orsay wedge.
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Stuart Weitzman

“I suppose I’ve been watching too many [political] debates — I haven’t been able to get the ‘platform’ out of my mind. Hopefully, mine will be more appealing than those we’ve been listening to.”

Stuart Weitzman fall 2016 collection
A Democratic Presidential debate & Stuart Weitzman platform sandal with metal studding.
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