NYC construction worker-turned-designer Matt Bernson describes the aesthetic of his women’s footwear line as “downtown meets the beach,” and we think the shoe fits. Designed in TriBeCa and handmade by traditional artisans, Bernson’s boots and shoes feature bright colors, ample hardware, and metallic leathers ideal for idylls urban or exotic. From sky-high T-strap wedge sandals and ankle booties to low-heel tundra boots and gladiator flats, each pair of Bernson’s shoes is constructed from eco-friendly materials and features luxuriously padded insoles. And when it comes to elasticized ballet flats, his Waverly cap-toe sets the bar high with a patent-pending padded moleskin system that preserves the integrity of the stretchy heel. In addition to his own line, Bernson has designed camouflage canvas shoes for Edun, the socially conscious clothing label founded by U2 singer Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson.
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