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Thursday, October 25th 2012

Classics Reimagined: 3 Shoe Brands to Know

Clockwise, from top: Marais USA Canvas Oxfords, Zadig & Voltaire Joe Combat BootsMax Kibardin Mallorca Boots.

We all love the Giuseppe Zanottis and Christian Louboutins of the shoe world: they create covetable heels that are never short on wow factor. But there’s something to be said for a label that treads in the waters of footwear classics. Today, meet three brands that do just that, offering modern updates on timeless wardrobe staples.

Founded in Brooklyn in 2008, Marais USA was created with a singular mission: to bring well-designed footwear to every fashionable woman at a price she can afford. The results are ballet flats, booties, and oxfords that marry classic silhouettes with modern details, ensuring Marais USA shoes find an easy place in any wardrobe.

Milanese by adoption and Russian by birth, Max Kibardin merges an architectural background earned in Moscow with fashion studied in Milan to construct sleek shoes in streamlined silhouettes. The collection embodies “timeless luxury” through a smart mix of clean lines and interesting details, and though the designer favors excess and decoration, his shoes never feel over-the-top. Instead, they are a study in measured design, earning them the attention of fashion editors and celebrities alike.

Zadig & Voltaire is where casual and luxury meet. Founded in Paris in 1997 by Thierry Gillier, the brand has stores on nearly every corner of the City of Light, and now, they’ve come to Shopbop with street-meets-chic shoes for the feminine tough girl. Think biker accents and moto elements, softened with luxe leather and suede. They make an equally fitting match for a floral dress or black skinny jeans.


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