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.
Vibrant colors and bold silhouettes are at the heart of this crop of pumps, sandals, and boots. Look for zipper details, beading, thigh-high suede, and plenty of rich hues, from purple snakeskin to color-blocked patent leather.
The holiday season brings endless errands and engagements, so comfort is key — pair your skinny jeans and sweater with the ultimate go-to: the ballet flat. Beloved by everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Natalie Portman, this classic footwear staple will take you seamlessly from shopping to dining to jetting about town. Our stylish selection has you totally covered: bold colors, gleaming metallics, animal prints, slick cap toes… take your pick!
There’s not a label here that would go unrecognized by the shoe-addicted masses. And, the styles — from teetering thigh-high boots to sculpturally cutout flats — embody the best these fashion luminaries have to offer. Turn to Camilla Skovgaard for plenty of edgy details, like metal chains and jaggedly treaded platforms. From Dolce & Gabbana, find menswear-inspired oxfords and loafers, set atop sexy high heels. Several designers, including Moschino and Christian Lacroix, not only step it up with killer shoes, but also add chic handbags and other hot accents into the sartorial mix.
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 embellished neutrals to downright girly iterations. 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.