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Who Are The Top Women's Shoe Designers?

Updated on August 1, 2017

A Woman Can Never Have Too Many Pairs Of Shoes...

Top Women's Shoes Designers Bold and Sexy
Top Women's Shoes Designers Bold and Sexy

These Boots Were Made For Walking...

Let's face it women, as materialistic as this may sound, sometimes nothing feels better then a fantastic new pair of shoes. Especially high heels, no matter what size heel, color, or trend they are enough to make you feel sexy and good about yourself. Often enough, we see the same shoe designers over and over among magazines, television, celebrities, and red carpets. That is because these designers have an impeccable talent in designing some of the most trendiest shoes out there. Nothing like a little retail therapy. Despite the pricey sale tag, their shoes are hot sellers and for good reason. So just who makes the list of some of the top shoe designers out there?

Manolo Blahnik

This Spanish fashion designer knows what he is doing when it comes to shoes. He designs every one of the thousands of shoes he has put out there. His business dates back to the 70's while working in London. Some incorporate his shoes into the favorite made by Carrie Bradshaw in the well-loved HBO series Sex And The City. And he has done it all with out any training! How inspirational is that? It all started when in the 70's, the utterly chunky heel was in style, and Manolo focused his attention on the stiletto heel and the rest is history. He got noticed for his classic, elegant shoes and is now a major world-wide staple for many closets. In the words of Lady Gaga in her song Fashion, "Merde, I Love Those Manolo's."

Top Women's Shoe Designers Jimmy Choo
Top Women's Shoe Designers Jimmy Choo | Source

Jimmy Choo

Choo Yeang Keat is a Malaysian fashion designer who is based in London. Of course, he is best known for his Jimmy Choo shoes! It began in the 1980s inside an old hospital building and is now one of the most expensive high-end shoes. His designs became noticed when Vogue Magazine featured his creations in an eight-page spread in an 1988 issue. He inspires shoemakers and fashion designers everywhere and is well-loved by trendy shoe buyers. Princess Diana was one of his most famous clients. And although Madonna herself said that Manolo Blahniks are "better then sex", it was Jimmy Choo's that she wore on her wedding day!

Top Women's Designer Shoes Christian Louboutin
Top Women's Designer Shoes Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

You cannot mistake the famous red-backing on the soles of this famous designer's stiletto's.
This French footwear designer issued a U.S. trademark protection for it. Louboutin helped bring the stiletto style back in the 1990s and is now world-famous for his signature shoes. He spent his early years designing shoes for prestigious designers such as Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. He has many loyal clients, especially so among Hollywood, but all over the world as well. His shoes are sold in 46 countries! And all you part-time lovers better watch out, "Cus it's the last time, I'm moving on. I'm throwing on my Louboutin's." Thank you Jennifer Lopez.


Michael Kors

Michael Kors has been one of my longtime favorites and I am a proud owner of the shoe to the right! Karl Anderson Jr. created this line and is an American fashion designer. He later changed his name to Michael David Kors as a result of his mother getting remarried. Known for his women's American sportswear line, he has an incredible handbag and shoe line as well. He is also a favorite among celebrities. You can see him nowadays on the Bravo television show Project Runway as a judge.

Top Women's Shoe Designers Zanotti
Top Women's Shoe Designers Zanotti | Source

Giuseppe Zanotti

This is a truly unique shoe designer and it seems that Mr. Louboutin and others is getting quite the competition as this line is getting famous among celebrities. The Italian designer launched his label in 1993 and has his signature trend in his shoes too. His crystal, cutout, studded detailing designs are getting more popular among red carpets and famous feet. Coming from a town with a long time tradition of making shoes, he has been in the business of designing women's shoes for over twenty years. He is now an international favorite. His refined creativity and eye-popping designs promises you will never go unnoticed!

Creative Guiseppe Zanotti


Dolce Vita

This line is another of my all-time favorites and I am another proud owner of the shoe to the right, only in a taupe color. Although not a big-time A-list line (yet), aspiring shoe designers Nick Lucio and Van Lamprou created this line while soon after, their shoes first hit the street in 2001 and have been effortlessly trend-setting ever since. I love their repeat studded accents on their shoes, and love the design and feminine look of their boots and booties. Even though the line is not quite high end yet, I have included them on this list because I feel like it is only a matter of time before you see more and more feet in these trendy, comfortable line of incredibly sexy shoes. Dolce Vita is an Italian way of saying "sweet life," and what a sweet life it is to have these edgy shoes in my collection!



This fabulous and incredibly famous line is not just trendy for their handbags and high-end clothing line, they have great signature heels as well! Christian Dior was a famous French fashion designer born in 1905 and left us in 1957, but his legacy lives on through his dominating fashion line. John Galliano is now the chief designer for Dior and creates the looks as Christian Dior himself did in his time. The line emphasizes luxury rather than comfort with a truly unique feminine style. The heels themselves are a signature all in it's own with their edgy shapes and carvings.

Top Women's Shoe Designers Walter Steiger
Top Women's Shoe Designers Walter Steiger | Source

Walter Steiger

How many designers out there can call themselves a genius when it comes to shoes? Apparently, there's only one considered and that is Walter Steiger. Why? Because his shoes are classic and innovative. His shoes are also extremely diverse which makes him so much different than any other shoe designer out there. On one table, there is a classic, elegant shoe made for royalty. An on the other table, a tall platform with oversized polka dots! No matter what your style, Steiger has got a shoe for you! He has been known to design shoes for Chole, Oscar de La Renta, Lagerfeld and many more! He presented his first shoe collection in Paris in 1967, and has been a commercial success ever since.

Top Women's Shoe Designers Brian Atwood
Top Women's Shoe Designers Brian Atwood | Source

Brian Atwood

This American shoe designer and model who is from the Chicago suburbs, started out loving fashion at a very young age. He attended Southern Illinois University for Architecture, but eventually resorted back to his first love and began attending NYC's FIT for fashion design. It was then that Atwood began his modeling career. But, something never quite sat right with him. He was on the famous European catwalks during the day, and doodling 4 inch stilettos on paper by night. Little did he know, that would be the start of a famous line of shoe collections. He was soon hired by Gianni Versace in 1996 for the accessories division and officially crowned the "Cinderella Factor", meaning the transformation of a woman's face once her foot slides into one of his magical shoes!

Stuart Weitzman

This famous shoe designer literally grew up with shoes! His father started a shoe factory in Massachusetts, and it wasn't long before Weitzman was designing shoes for him In the 1960s. Eventually, he went on and founded an international high-end shoe company and his shoes are sold in over 70 countries. Famously, his "million dollar shoes" have been seen on the red carpets. His trademark is the use of innovative quality and materials he has put into his shoes. Which includes vinyl, cork, wallpaper, and even 24-karat gold!

There is nothing like a sexy pair of heels to make you confident enough in your appearance! All of these designers I am sure have a trendy pair with your name written all over them. A little splurge once in a while is in a woman's DNA and there is nothing wrong with that. I was glad to show a little insight on who some of these fabulous trend-setters are that we so often see on famous feet. There are plenty of places to shop these designs online so they can be proudly on your feet too!

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      Givys 2 years ago

      My favorite stiletto dude is Uyan Barak. His colors are so rich on many heels. Designs are tops to me. Try below link.

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      Palis Pisuttisarun 2 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Also Alexander McQueen! I have 5 or 6 pairs and I just adore their designs. Louboutin are pretty but not comfortable. When I was in Paris, I bought 4 pairs but I didn't try them on. When I returned home, it didn't fit nicely. Beautiful but a little disappointed.

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      Palis Pisuttisarun 2 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      I own shoes from all these brands except from Dolce Vita because they're pretty cheap. I only tend to focus on higher-end shoes just because they give you status. Anyways, interesting hub. You could've also mentioned LV, Gucci, YSL and Miu Miu. I love them because they're so high quality and expensive. People obsess over them because of the high status.

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      Viktoria 3 years ago from Lisbon

      I couldn't agree more on the shoes choice! excellent! :)

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      Brianna 3 years ago from East Coast

      Great choice strandofsilk!

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      strandofsilk 3 years ago from London

      Choo's are the tops for us!

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      Brianna 3 years ago from East Coast

      Breatheeasy3- I just read your article and loved it. You're right on target with first impressions. Also, your wife is beautiful and I love her shoes!

      Saraisbella- thank you much!

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      Sara Vilaire 4 years ago from NY

      I Really like your post!

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      Breatheeasy3 4 years ago from USA

      now I just did a Lens on the very subject. However, from a man's perspective lol. I say Lens because it is a squidoo article. You should write one on shoes with them too.

      Mine is here:

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      Steven Pearson 5 years ago from Spanaway, WA

      Hate to be the one to tell ya, but the heels caused that neuropathy. I used to work in the field, saw it all the time. Neuro's and metatarsalgia run rampant among regular heel wearers. Best to take it easy.

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      Brianna 5 years ago from East Coast

      Love that you are a shoe lover like me Rusti! For my mom it was always, "How do you not break your neck in them things?" lol! Sorry to hear about your neuropathy but glad to hear it is under control. Thanks for reading and the follow!

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      A girl's gotta have her heels! I am known in my family to be the prissy one. My dad always said buy quality not quantity. I own at least one pair of all the above designers except for Zanotti, sorry not a big fan. I was recently diagnosed with neuropthy in my feet, and first thing my mother in law said was, "what are you gonna do with all your heels now?"Ha! We got it under control, I'll never give up my heels, that would be like giving away my children! (my kids are grown and moved except one and he's 16 and mom is good for food and that's about it right now lol) I'm just playing my boys and I are close! Great hub! Following you have to love another shoe lover!:-)

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      Brianna 5 years ago from East Coast

      Laura- Thank you for reading, as yes I see that Dolce Vita is a least favorite but I am optimistic that they will make their way up and they are a fantastic brand!

      laurettereiner- Good qaulity goes for most things, not just shoes. Glad you are a shoe lover like me!

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      laurettereiner 5 years ago from Southeast United States

      You are right about having a nice pair of shoes. I started discovering these very expensive shoes and fell in love with them. Good quality is very hard to pass up.

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      Laura Tykarski 5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      No one who is a shore-enthusiast should pass up this hub...although after taking the poll I was a bit surprised that my favorite Dolce Vita was on the low end.

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      Brianna 5 years ago from East Coast

      mattforte- nothing wrong with that at all! I have always loved it when a man has told me what style he likes!

      DMVmimay- Girls will be girls haha. We also know what we like. It's all in the style. But I must say, you have some awesome taste. I LOVE Zanotti for his incredibly bold and sexy style in shoes. Props to you!

      Phelcky- Thank you! All great choices. Chanel is actually my favorite among handbags, but yes how pricey all of these designers are!

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      Lilly 5 years ago from Denmark

      Fantastic hub! Aww I love shoes :) My favorite designers are Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Louboutin. You make me want to buy a new pair... If I only had the money right now :'(

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      DMVmimay 5 years ago

      I voted Giuseppe Zanotti and i showed it to my girlfriend and she said she likes Louboutin more, gedddd i cant find the right one to fit her taste... almost all my choice are not good for her, i realize that girls choice are really different. wehh :D

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      Steven Pearson 5 years ago from Spanaway, WA

      I'm tellin ya. Most guys may not know fashion, but we know what we like ;-)

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      Brianna 5 years ago from East Coast

      Wow! You are right mattforte, those are some hot and unique shoes!

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      Steven Pearson 5 years ago from Spanaway, WA

      Jeffrey Campbell - never heard of him 'till yesterday (I'm not spewing with shoe info, but I have a woman who is, so I do know names)

      I found these

      Why is this guy not famous?! I'd love to see my woman in a pair of those sweet vicious shoes.

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      Brianna 5 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you Keri.

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      Keri Summers 5 years ago from West of England

      I liked that you had predictions in this Hub, as well as those who have already made it to the top of the shoe designer tree. Voted up.

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      RussellLHuey 6 years ago

      Wonderful shoes! I'm afraid girls might be out of balance.

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      fashion 6 years ago

      great hub.well done.

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      ABAEGAYLE1976c 6 years ago from CA

      I like Giuseppe Zanotti.

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      LonghornGI 6 years ago from Lives in Austin, Texas

      Great HUB. Hi, my name is Lisa and I'm a shoe whore! You should read my HUB - Machine Guns and Manolos!

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      Brianna 6 years ago from East Coast

      Haha! So bad but so true, we women just cannot help it sometimes.

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      WhatBigJohnThinks 6 years ago

      My wife is a Jimmy Choo freak!! Damn them things are expensive...but....happy wife, happy life.