Louboutin to Blahnik: 10 Shoe Designers You Should Commit to Memory

There are fashion brands that design shoes, and then there are shoe designers, the latter being the dedicated people who focus on nothing else but making beautiful things for our feet. While I'll often wax lyrical on the merits of Miu Mius and Pradas that are made in Italy (just one of my favourite footwear topics), there's always something to be said for someone who decides to charge forth as a cordwainer and a cordwainer alone. Whether it's a savvy shoe maestro noticing a gap in the market to be filled with something special or a tireless trooper spending decades perfecting the ultimate pair of black courts, we salute each and every one of them.

These days there are countless startup shoe labels (some of my new favourites include Neous, Dorateymur and Aeyde), but some of the most established names never lose popularity. Take the enduring effect of Christian Louboutin's red soles or the classic beauty of a pair of Manolo Blahnik slingbacks. Keep reading to see the top 10 shoe designers in the world today.