In the late 1990s, French shoe designer Guillaume Hinfray left Salvatore Ferragamo to start his own couture footwear line. The result: a daring and truly original collection of shoes and boots that combine opulent textures, offbeat color pairings, references to Gothic architecture and classic French fashion, and accents like mini hoops and barbell piercings. Covered platform slingbacks, blue suede "Gavotte" ballet flats, polished leather tall boots, and satin-insole “Simon” peep-toe pumps are both posh yet unpretentious, and exemplify the best of Italian style. Based in Milan, Guillaume Hinfray and his partner, Marco Censi, decorate the heels of their shoes with tiny round piercings to make them instantly identifiable.
Classic-chic slip-ons to wear absolutely everywhere this season.
Who can resist the allure of a shoe that's stylish and comfortable enough for all-day wear? That’s why we’re obsessed with ballet flats — especially this super-chic array, which features everything from metallic cap-toes to glossy, primary-hued options. Don’t feel badly if you want more than one pair; these picks prove that keeping a low profile doesn’t mean sacrificing high style.
Tabitha Simmons. Rachel Roy. Giuseppe Zanotti. These are just a few of the designers we’ve rounded up in this curated crop of our absolute favorites. You'll find some of this season’s hottest trends on offer — hello, metal-capped pumps — as well as classic picks you'll wear season after season, from embellished ballet flats and loafers to sleek black booties and wedges.
In need of a little style inspiration? Look to Parisian mainstays like Barbara Bui, Nina Ricci, Chloé, and Robert Clergerie to add that certain “je ne sais quoi” to your footwear collection. You’ll find Left Bank-chic ballet flats, glossy metallic pumps, embossed suede booties, and sleek loafers accented with tassels, knotted details, and oversized pearls.