The OTHER High Heel Designers You Should Know

You don’t have to be a fashion lover to know who Christian Louboutin is. And thanks to the Sex and the City crew and other pop culture juggernauts, the whole world knows Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik. However, there are many shoe designers who create terrific high heels, but whose names you might not know.

Brian AtwoodIt’s very likely that you’ve seen, and maybe drooled over, Brian Atwood’s shoes, as they are a favorite of celebrities and their stylists. Unlike Louboutin’s shoes, while their ever-recognizable red soles, these shoes these shoes have a quiet elegance that allows the style to speak for itself. Some of the most popular styles are simple pumps in matte and patent leather. These are perfect to fill that wardrobe staple: the plain black pump.

Barbara BuiIn a field that’s oddly dominated by men, Barbara Bui shines out as a female shoe designer who makes shoe for women that are both fantastic and practical. Bui’s style is characterized by a slight rock-n-roll edge and ornate, but sophisticated embellishments. This brand makes plenty of comfortable flats and boots and many of the high heels styles feature a thicker heel, which is not only very on trend in 2010, but is also more comfortable then a spiked heel.


Ruthie DavisThere are plenty of brands that will deliver your standard, wardrobe foundation-style pumps. Ruthie Davis is not one of them. Rather, this is a brand to try if you want something funky and unique that will stand out in a crowd of heeled feet. These shoes are known to have studs, spikes and extreme colors. They may not be the ones to wear to the office, but Ruthie Davis heels are perfect when you want to make a style statement.

Giambattista ValliYou may have heard of Giambattista Valli for the associated clothing brand, as the designer is known for elegant gowns, and sexy shift dresses. In fact, this is a label that you’ll often see on a celebrity red carpet. The shoes, too, are increasingly taking a front seat in the Valli repertoire. The shoes are often a high-luxe interpretation of the trends of the most and this season that means wrapped suede and super-high platform heels.

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