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Extras: Shoe Designers

They’ve all worked at world-famous fashion firms, but household names they are not—yet. This fall, four young shoe designers are gunning for the limelight.

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WWD Accessory issue 08/03/2009

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They’ve all worked at world-famous fashion firms, but household names they are not—yet. This fall, four young shoe designers are gunning for the limelight.

Cleo B
Nature girl Cleo Barbour, who worked at Salvatore Ferragamo, fancied the tropical Bird of Paradise flower for her first collection of brightly colored and metallic-detailed heels, booties and flats ($315 to $530, cleob.com).

NEXT: Up-and-coming shoe designer Heather Blake >>

 

 

 

Heather Blake
Call it rebellious fashion. Heather Blake—who did tours at Alberta Ferretti and Salvatore Ferragamo—tapped into the spirit of revolutionary heiress and poet Nancy Cunard for her inaugural collection of towering wooden wedges and heels embellished with gold detailing and braided  snakeskin ($580 to $1,050, Dover Street Market, London, +44.207.518.0680).

NEXT: Up-and-coming shoe designer H. Williams >>

 

 

 

H. Williams
Turns at Calvin Klein and Reebok paved the way for Heather Williams’ collection, which marries athletic detailing and classic styling inspired by Italian cathedrals. The line of bags and shoes features metallic python, crocodile-embossed leathers and double zippers (shoes, $345 to $950; bags, $580 to $1,370, Plaza Too, New York, 212.924.2180).

NEXT: Up-and-coming shoe designer Michael Lewis >>

 

 

 

Michael Lewis
A little bit of mystery goes a long way for Michael Lewis, who worked at Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry. Drawing inspiration from the works of Agatha Christie, this British designer’s debut collection showcases vintage details from monogrammed hardware to bows ($300 to $995, Dover Street Market, London,
+44.207.518.0680).

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