Eight breakout shoe designers of 2015 revealed their top styles to Footwear News, and we’re head-over-heels in love with them all. There are some of the more classic silhouettes we’ve seen before, such as Gianvito Rossi’s Portofino sandal, which plenty of stars pair with their red carpet looks.
But then you’ve got Sarah Jessica Parker’s sparkly Mary Janes from her SJP Collection andRebecca Minkoff’s two-tone leather booties on the other end of the spectrum — shiny and special enough to wear on New Year’s Eve, and long after, when you want to turn heads.
The eight designs ahead range in height from functional flats to showstopping platforms, and there’s enough variety to speak to any girl’s taste. In fact, we see no reason not to start 2016 off on the right foot and fill our shoe closet with all of these options. Just read on to shop the exact shoes, plus inspired alternatives in a range of price points.
“Earlier this year, I introduced the Rhea Slingback Flat, which has become a core style for the brand. Sometimes, as a designer, one hits upon something that may seem classic and simple, but hasn’t been perfected with the right fit, comfort, and proportion. This is definitely one of those styles. The silhouette resonates because it works well on women of all ages.”
“I always say I don’t pick favorites, but this year, it was all about our SJP Collection Tartt in Scintillate — a darling, chunky Mary Jane in the most unbelievable sparkle fabric we’ve ever seen. She’s sexy, comfortable, fun and goes with simply everything. She stole the spotlight in 2015, and something tells me I’ll love her just as much well into 2016.”
“It’s always hard to pick one favorite pair from my collections, as I love each and every one of them in different ways. One of the most successful styles this year is the silver mirror platform sandal with contrasting gold heel that I presented for spring ’16, in stores now. The sleek silhouette makes it the perfect shoe for glamorous women who want to be sexy and sophisticated at the same time.”
“My favorite shoe is the Portofino, which has found its natural place on red carpets all year-round.”