Anatomy of a Shoe: Bionda Castana

Meet Lana.

Bionda Castana’s wildly popular suede-mesh heel that’s attracted the likes of Kate Bosworth, Eva Mendes and Zoe Saldana has evolved since its first iteration in the fall of 2013.

Bionda Castana Lana shoe
The Lana shoe
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Here, the brand’s cofounders Natalia Barbieri and Jennifer Portman walk FN through the making of the shoe:

A sketch of the original Lana shoe
CREDIT: Courtesy photo

“The Lana shoe was first developed for the fall ’13 collection. We are always experimental with bold overlaying fabrics, having textures cross over with one another — but it was more transparency that appealed to us and the juxtaposition of the breathable mesh and calf leather that we knew would look beautiful. It is our take on the single-sole pump, and that is our point of difference. We originally made them in both black suede and also aubergine leather. It then expanded into a harem of colors, prints, etc. We only made three prototypes prior to confirming the final design, to make sure the panels sat correctly over the toes, and that the front line embraced the foot for comfort. The design stays the same once it is confirmed. What we have done, however, is changed the heel height throughout the seasons. So we first produced it on a 12-centimeter heel, then adapted the model to a 10 centimeter, and now we will release a 7.5-centimeter heel height for fall ’15.”

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