Shoes

Stephanie von Watzdorf is a highly-regarded fashion designer with nomadic tendencies. Before founding her fashion line, Figue, she graduated from Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Calvin Klein Golden Thimble. Then she worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Her personal life is equally impressive. Stephanie was born on the outskirts of Paris. She travels incessantly, far and wide, with her photographer husband for work and for pleasure.

Her life seems truly bohemian. And her fashions are like wearable wanderlust.

Stephanie von Watzdorf

Stephanie von Watzdorf in Haiti

When traveling, especially a lot, nothing is more important than your footwear. Stephanie knows this well and her travels inform what she wears and creates, often with the aid of local artisans. Her designs, like her Scaramouche sandals crafted in India from supple leather, reflect regional and traditional styles. Suffering for fashion has its limitations—especially when crossing borders and wandering foreign cities—but with Figue sandals, there’s no need to sacrifice your feet or your outfit.

We caught up with the chic trekker to talk about travel, photography (she shared some pics from trips to Kenya and Tanzania) and sandals.

You’re an avid traveler. Where have you been recently? 

Recently I was on the coast of Kenya on three different islands: Manda Bay, Kiwayu and Lamu. It was an adventure, and warm and sunny, filled with joyous people and charm. Think Robinson Crusoe—no cars, only donkeys and boats for transportation. Life is beautiful and simply heaven in this part of the world.

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Sophia Webster printed Butterfly Wing sanda;

After a long day of pinning and bookmarking runway looks, nothing takes the edge off like losing yourself in a bit of street-style surfing. And if you consider yourself a fashion-month superfan, you can probably identify a city by its unique slew of It girls and street-style moments. New York is effortlessly cool; London is forward and edgy; and Paris is perennially chic. But Milan—well, Milan has more fun. Glamorous and bold, with an “anything goes” attitude, Italian street style is like theater, and we can’t get enough. The outfits literally jump off the pavement with rich colors, unexpected patterns and dramatic flourishes. And when it comes to scene-stealing techniques, fashion girls in Italy understand the power of a great pair of shoes. Because it’s impossible to pick a single favorite style, today we’re rounding up four big shoe trends you’ll see fashion girls wearing all season long. Get ready to take your outfits to the next level with must-have pairs you can shop right now.

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While most of the much-discussed styles during London Fashion Week appear on the runways, there’s a whole show happening at street level. When the fashion world is gathered in one city, sometimes on one block, there’s no shortage of amazing shoes. Here we’ve assembled some of the styles that stopped us in our tracks—it’s a thing we do.

Click on a pair to shop these showstoppers or similar styles right now.

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Photos by Kristin Yamada

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While most of the much-discussed styles during New York Fashion Week appear on the runways, there’s a whole show happening at street level. When the fashion world is gathered in one city, sometimes on one block, there’s no shortage of amazing shoes. Here we’ve assembled some of the styles that stopped us in our tracks—it’s a thing we do.

Click on a pair to shop similar styles now.

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…AND SO MANY MORE SHOES TO SHOP

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The experienced industry alum sculpts an evocative new line inspired by midcentury design, modern art and global wanderings.

MERCEDES_CASTILLO-15587_bw_v1_sq-(1)Photo courtesy of the designer

To celebrate the rollout of her bold—and exclusive-to-us—shoes, we traded some missives with the decorated Spanish designer.

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Eleanor Pendleton for Shoes of Prey

Self-care and and pride in one’s appearance don’t necessarily point to frivolity or vanity. As Eleanor Pendleton, the founder and editor of the digital beauty magazine Gritty Pretty, clearly knows, beauty, like fashion, can be a form of expression and, like fitness, beauty can generate real confidence. When the Australian entrepreneur first launched her site in 2010, she sought to create a resource to inspire other cosmetics junkies—but one noticeably absent of BS. Because to Eleanor, beauty is a natural extension of who one is, not an artificial layer one puts on.

Six years later and Gritty Pretty has featured some of our decade’s most natural lovelies. Ladies like Elle Macpherson, Miranda Kerr, Lily Aldridge and Hailey Baldwin have radiated from its pixelated cover.

Eleanor Pendleton for Shoes of Prey

We spoke with Eleanor about blazing this digital publishing trail, her new shoe collection for Shoes of Prey and the beauty trends and advice we should pay heed to.

How did your collaboration with Shoes of Prey work?

I was approached last year by the Shoes of Prey team to create this collection. I instantly thought it must be a joke, because I couldn’t believe that a brand like Shoes of Prey would want me. When the opportunity presented itself, I was so excited. From the outset I knew that Shoes of Prey was a brand I was aligned with. I met Jodie [Fox] seven or eight years ago when she was first starting the company. I was so impressed that she had left her practice as a lawyer, had left the rat race and gone on to start this company that she was so passionate about. So I felt things had kind of come full circle.

When I was thinking about the finer details of the collaboration and how I work with any brand, I thought that I would have to be heavily involved. I wouldn’t have just put my name on a collection of pre-selected shoes. What I loved so much about them was that they gave me an open end. They said I could create whatever I wanted. It was quite funny because when I started to design the shoes, I envisioned what I thought every woman would want to wear. I quickly realized that every pair of shoes I designed was black, which I didn’t mean to do! Everything I wear is with a black shoe, so that was kind of funny.

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Sometimes life calls for dramatic change. Occasionally business as usual becomes totally unacceptable. And some people are courageous enough to throw off the shackles of comfort to confront the excitement of uncertainty.

Kim Jones was a banker in Australia before she decided to buy a one-way ticket to Manila. Once there, she launched what, by all accounts, is a successful career as a fashion influencer and luxury consultant. She has appeared on the cover of L’Officiel in Manila and Singapore, and was described by Who What Wear as one of Asia’s most influential bloggers. Her blog, Miss Jones, shows how Kim’s love of travel and adventure intersects with fashion and her beach-to-café lifestyle.

Kim Jones

We spoke with Kim about her latest undertaking: a collaboration with Shoes of Prey inspired by the Italian coastal town of Positano. The shoe collection, titled La Dolce Vita, conjures the sophisticated drama of Italian fashion in five heel styles. Each sexy shoe captures not only the bella figura of Italy’s style, but also Kim Jones’s own enthusiasm for beautiful living.

La Dolce Vita moodboard

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There are many lives exposed online. Through Clarendon and Lark filters, most of them appear pretty glamorous, if not just prettily posed. But few can compete with the world of Megan Hess. Hess is a fashion illustrator, that once common but now rare art form that depicts lithe ladies wearing the latest styles. During the ’40s and ’50s, and even into the ’90s for many European magazines, illustration was the primary visual expression for designers like Oleg Cassini and Pierre Cardin to showcase their creations. Hess’s modern-day illustrations for Fendi, Chanel, Prada and Christian Louboutin have taken her around the globe on enviable projects–you can see the pictures of these trips on her insanely lovely Instagram account.

However, her latest project puts Hess in the designer’s role. Shoes of Prey selected the artist to collaborate on a new collection of shoes. We spoke with Hess about her dream job, drawing Michelle Obama and the shiny shoes she created, which you can shop now.

Megan Hess

How did this collaboration with Shoes of Prey come about? Why did it feel right?

Who doesn’t want to design a shoe collection? It was really exciting. In terms of the brands I work with, you know, I illustrate for everyone from Fendi to Prada to Dior; I’ve only worked with really high-end brands. So when I spoke with Shoes of Prey, their attention to detail, the way in which they were going to be making the shoes and promoting the shoes, everything from production to creative was really in sync with things that I work on. So I felt it was a great fit in terms collaboration. And then the fact that I could really start from scratch.

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While most of the much-discussed styles during Paris Fashion Week appear on the runways, there’s a whole show happening at street level. When the fashion world is gathered in one city, sometimes on one block, there’s no shortage of amazing shoes. Here we’ve assembled some of the styles that stopped us in our tracks—it’s a thing we do.

Click on a pair to shop these showstoppers for similar styles right now.

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Photos by Kristin Yamada

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While most of the much-discussed styles during Milan Fashion Week appear on the runways, there’s a whole show happening at street level. When the fashion world is gathered in one city, sometimes on one block, there’s no shortage of amazing shoes. Here we’ve assembled some of the styles that stopped us in our tracks—it’s a thing we do.

Click on a pair to shop these showstoppers or similar styles right now.

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Photos by Kristin Yamada

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