From holiday fêtes to New Year’s Eve, party season is in full swing, and one surefire way to make a festive impression is with a killer shoe. Cesare Casadei, creative director of designer shoe brand Casadei, knows a thing or two about crafting a statement sandal. We talked to him about the origins of the brand and what goes into a Casadei design.
SHOPBOP: Casadei started out designing sandals for fashionable vacationers on the Adriatic Riviera. How has the collection evolved since then?
CESARE CASADEI: The brand Casadei was founded in 1958 by my parents, Quinto and Flora Casadei. Since the very beginning, we focused on quality, research of design, and use of innovative materials, proposing collections entirely made in Italy. This approach has not changed. Of course, there has been an evolution in style. I always look to the future to find new forms, materials, and structures that can give the woman who wears Casadei shoes new emotions.
SB: All Casadei shoes are proudly made in Italy. How important is that to your company heritage?
CC: I’m very proud to preserve the company’s heritage and to uphold its complete in-house production at the headquarters in San Mauro Pascoli. This way, we control all our production, giving to our customers a product that is 100% made in Italy.
SB: What makes a Casadei shoe special?
CC: For me, the most important qualities that make a shoe design special are the combination of brilliant ideas in terms of innovative structures and materials, sense of aesthetic and proportion, as well as technical skills in the art of footwear. Our aim is always to create elegant and sophisticated styles with a perfect fit.
SB: It’s holiday party season, and the statement-making detailing on Casadei shoes makes them perfect for special events. Which styles would you suggest?
CC: For the holidays we propose any of our elegant sandals—for example, the Strappy Stiletto Sandals in black are beautifully highlighted by gold metal details.
SB: Any styling tips to really showcase a perfect pair of pumps?
CC: It depends on the woman who is wearing and interpreting them. For me, style is something very personal.
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