Year in Review: 2014’s Best Brand Launches

There’s nothing like novelty to motivate new movements in style. Here are some of the notable names to launch footwear this year and captivate consumers along the way.

New Brands

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker
The wait is over. The “Sex and the City” star’s shoe line hit big, thanks to a smart partnership with George Malkemus and Nordstrom. Of course, one style is named Carrie.

Prabal Gurung
Prabal Gurung
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Prabal Gurung
After five years in business, the designer is dressing women from head to toe. His spring ’15 footwear line debuted on the New York runways this fall.

Robert Graham
Designer Robert Stock welcomed a men’s collection this year, with LJP International. Think ankle boots and even a snakeskin tassel loafer.

Gx by Gwen Stefani
The songstress recommitted to shoes with Gx, a more-affordable alternative to her L.A.M.B. footwear line. The pumps and booties feature bold colors and shapes.

Daniele Michetti
Welcome to the men’s category. The designer debuted his spring ’15 line, all made in Italy. But he made sure the looks weren’t too “trend-driven.”

Malone Souliers
The London-based brand — led by Creative Director Mary Alice Malone and Managing Director Roy Luwolt — landed stateside at Bergdorf Goodman in August.

 

Hot Collabs

Alexander Wang x H&M
Alexander Wang x H&M
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Alexander Wang x H&M

Wang was working on his fitness. The de-signer crafted a sport-inspired and lower-priced line, and the collaboration nearly sold out.

Steve Madden x Peace Love Shea
It was a blogger moment for Madden. The footwear giant teamed up with California-based blogger Shea Marie, aka Peace Love Shea, to launch both laid-back and edgy looks.

Nike x Riccardo Tisci, A.P.C.
Anything Nike touches turns to gold. Add in Riccardo Tisci, creative director at Givenchy, and Parisian Label A.P.C., and it really shines. Tisci crafted a multicolor Air Force 1, while A.P.C. produced three styles of Free, the brand’s most popular running shoe.

Adidas x Pharrell,Raf Simons and Mary Katrantzou
It was a collab blowout at Adidas this year. The Stan Smith got new spins from Pharrell and Raf Simons, while Katrantzou added bright colors and digital prints to unisex footwear.

Nicholas Kirkwood x Suno
British designer Nicholas Kirkwood has an “Empire State of Mind.” He crafted leather sandals for New York Fashion Week, which paraded down the Suno runway.

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