Shoes are women’s achilles heel and luxury shoe designers create myriads of designs each year to feed the desires of their awaiting clientele. It is no longer a wonder to find a woman who has 100 pairs of shoes or a wife that is shopping for new footwear.
So long as there are new designs, there will always be a ready market willing to buy. Below are top 10 of the most popular luxury shoe brands in the world.
1. Jimmy Choo:
Jimmy Choo is an iconic luxury lifestyle brand, distinct for its empowered sense of glamour and an assured sense of style.
The brand traces its roots to a bespoke shoemaker named Jimmy Choo, who catered to the global jet set, including Princess Diana. The Jimmy Choo company was founded in 1996, when Tamara Mellon discovered Mr Choo. Finding her place in the luxury shoe market, she established the Jimmy Choo brand. Choo’s niece, Sandra Choi, joined the business as Creative Director.
The sexy cuts, fashionable designs, and exceptional Italian craftsmanship struck a chord with a stylish clientele, and the first collection enjoyed instant success. With a goal of creating a global luxury business, Jimmy Choo fascinated outside investment and the company significantly expanded across product categories, channels and geographies. Jimmy Choo departed the company in 2001 and Tamara Mellon left in 2011.
A pioneer in the art of celebrity dressing, Jimmy Choo is amidst the very first to bring shoes and handbags to Hollywood where the red carpet proved to be the perfect runway for the brand. Academy Award Winners Halle Berry and Cate Blanchett all wore Jimmy Choo shoes when they won. Today, Jimmy Choo can be seen on style icons from celebrities to royalty to musicians to heads of state.
The brand’s reputation as a celebrity favourite helped to fuel its rapid expansion. Its iconography was more defined by the bold and theatrical advertising portraying glamorous but strong women in towering heels and luxurious handbag.
Retail development has also been an integral part of the company’s strategy. The first Jimmy Choo store was opened in 1996 on Motcomb Street in London. A few years later, the company expanded to the US, opening two stores in New York City and Beverly Hills. International expansion continued with Jimmy Choo securing locations in the premiere luxury shopping destinations of the world’s most prestigious cities including Sloane Street and Bond Street in London, Avenue Montaigne in Paris and Via Condotti in Rome to name a few.
Today, Jimmy Choo encompasses a complete luxury lifestyle brand. Women’s shoes remain the core of the product offer, alongside handbags, small leather goods, scarves, sunglasses, eyewear, belts, fragrance and men’s shoes. The design direction is managed and run by Co-Creative Directors Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway, who together share a vision to create one of the world’s most precious luxury brands.
2. Christian Louboutin:
Some people learn their skills in the hands of more seasoned masters, but shoe designer Christian Louboutin found his calling as a 17-year-old apprentice in the dressing rooms of Paris’ fcabaret, Folies Bergère.
Tina Turner and Nicole Kidman are inspirations for Louboutin, 44, whose immediately recognizable red-soled stilettos have become a fashion statement on the red carpet and among Hollywood’s A-list crowd.
Christian Louboutin spent the early years of his career designing shoes for some of fashion’s biggest names, including Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. In 1992 he opened up his own store at the end of a picturesque 19th century Parisian arcade. He still runs his business from that Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau address, but now his shoes are sold in over 46 countries. He has 14 boutiques in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and London to name a few and he plans to open six more next year in places such as Singapore and Jakarta. He counts on people like Oprah and Cameron Diaz to be among his loyal clientele.
Louboutin is just as considerate of his less famous customers. At a recent personal appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, he canceled his flight back to Paris in order to spend another two hours autographing shoes.
3. Louis Vuitton:
What is not to love about Louis Vuitton shoes and luxury brand products? They are elegant, stylish, chic and extremely fashionable. All these go along with the brand’s excellent workmanship, quality of work and of course comfort. Louis Vuitton is an icon, representing excellence and this broadens to the shoes that it creates.
The Louis Vuitton label was founded by Vuitton in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. Vuitton was the first to introduce his flat-bottom trunks with trianon canvas, making them not only lightweight, but airtight as well. Before the introduction of Vuitton’s trunks, rounded-top trunks were used, generally to promote water run off, and thus could not be stacked.
By 1913, the Louis Vuitton Building opened on the Champs-Elysees. At the time, it was the biggest travel-goods store in the world at the time. Stores also opened in New York, Bombay, Washington, London, Alexandria, and Buenos Aires as World War I began. During World War II, Louis Vuitton collaborated with the Nazis during the German occupation of France. The French book Louis Vuitton, A French Saga, authored by French journalist Stephanie Bonvicini chronicles how members of the Vuitton family actively aided the puppet government led by Marshal Philippe Pétain and increased the government’s wealth from their business affairs with the Germans. The family set up a factory that created artifacts glorifying Pétain, including more than 2,500 busts.
The Gucci brand has been the representation of undoubted quality in the leather field for almost 100 years. Gucci established itself as a luxury fashion label in the clothing, accessories and jewelry field. The quality of their clothes, materials and the uniqueness of their styles made Gucci the symbol of Made in Italy and one of the most acclaimed brands worldwide.
One of the most renowned shoe designers, Tom Ford, managed to revive the Gucci brand and turn it into one of the most popular and demanded shoe brand. Women around the world have embraced the fashionable shoes that have loyal followers who turn to Gucci to find comfort and sophistication. The luxury shoes are popular with women from all occupations and they are found in millions of closets around the world.
Gucci is an example of how a design can be extremely innovative, yet solid for over 100 yeands.
5. Manola Blahnik
These past 3 decades, Manolo Blahnik has topped the charts with luxury brand shoes. She has managed to become one of the most coveted brands to walk this planet. Earning the title of one of the world’s most influential shoe designers, his complex designs have fascinated judicious shoe connoisseurs from around the world. The brand has loyal devotees, who just love the unique shoes that range from sexy stiletto heels to unique designs with embroidery detail.
Manolo shoes radiate luxury and enthusiasm and they can take the wearer from a business meeting to a cocktail party in no time.