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The Calzaturificio Casadei was born over 50 years ago in 1958 in a small workshop in San Mauro Pascoli, close to Rimini, when Quinto and Flora Casadei created their first sandals collection for the tourists summering on the Romagnola Riviera.
Today San Mauro Pascoli is still the headquarter of CASADEI, where Cesare Casadei as creative director designs all the shoes and where all of them are produced - Each phase of production is handled in-house, nothing is outsourced. Cesare Casadeis aesthetic language is inspired by a sophisticated material girl who, day or night, wears towering and tapered heels.
His collections nonchalantly mixes bon ton with non-conformism, uptown chic with street style. In a continual osmosis between nature and culture, daywear and eveningwear the shoe brand's bobo muse leaves her mark wherever her diva shoes take her, infused with an ancestral and assertive femininity. All of which translates into a mature and balanced collection, in which couture decorations, with punk accents and dark notes, integrate the sharply sensual design of body conscious forms enhanced by the finest materials. From leather to silk satin, crafted with unparalleled artisan virtuosity and high-impact workings for the most glam models.
Casadei's imagination matches natural hues with the most vibrant colours, such as petrol, ruby, burgundy and turquoise, to brighten and enhance the architectonic structures of the pumps with double and triple plateau. Born under the sign of a new tactile hedonism enabled by the use of ultra-soft materials treated with innovative technologies, often assembled in the same two-tone model or in the new reversible boots, sometimes paired with optical-effect mink or warmed by fur linings. Napped calfskin and suede with a silky feel are cobbled into seductive cuissardes as comfy as gloves.
The half French, half Vietnamese designer started her label in 1987 in Paris. After a strong growth – including an introduction to the stock market - with several boutique openings in Paris, New York and Milan, she launched her shoes collection in 2000.
You could describe her style as laidback elegance, a mix of rock energy and ultra feminine sensitivity. Her shoes are always objects of desire impregnated by modern chiseled lines. The pumps and boots have extremely spiked heels and combine some highly luxury leather with modern sports couture details.
For this season we offer elegant classic oxford- and college-pumps, and some very special fur-lined high-heel half-boots fresh from the runway-collection.
John Galliano (born on Nov. 28, 1960 in Gibraltar) moved to London as a child, and graduated from Central St. Martin’s School of Arts with a degree in fashion design in 1984. For his degree he presented a fashion collection that was inspired by the French Revolution. He launched his own fashion label immediately afterwards, and was cited as "British Designer of the Year" as early as 1987. In the 1990s, Galliano moved to Paris and became chief designer for Givenchy. The lack of respect that the style of his first collection showed this fashion label of long-standing tradition came as a shock to the fashion world. Two years later, he took the place of Gianfranco Ferré as chief designer at Christian Dior, continuing in his extravagant style. Not a single pair of trousers, no every-day street wear – every creation of his is flamboyant and costly. By now, John Galliano has firmly secured his place in history as one the most innovative and imaginative designers of the 20th century.
Flamboyant, fanciful, burlesque – these terms also befit the latest high heel collection by John Gallliano.
Loads of lacquer, plenty of jewellery, and costly materials such as python skin define his models.
Vital and contemporary, Peter Copping’s vision for the brand touches on Nina Ricci’s layered heritage and creates a tone with graceful appeal. His Nina Ricci woman feels ageless and possesses an instinctive sense of elegance.
Summing up the coquettish Parisian, she’s playful but sophisticated. Copping keeps a steady eye on Ricci’s signature codes and infuses all styles with a fittingly feminine edge. In his capable hands, bows, lace, tulle and lingerie-like details appear fresh and refined. Highlighting the House of Nina Ricci’s savoir-faire, he freely uses tucks, pleats and darts. Since the new Nina Ricci woman is very knowledgeable, no subtle detail goes amiss. Loyal to Nina Ricci’s reputation for flattering women, Copping opts for soft colors, a playful use of fabrics and couture-like volumes, and achieves a well-balanced silhouette - Copping’s mastery is in keeping Nina Ricci upbeat - he delivers classic with a twist. And remaining relevant, his looks are delicately different and always wearable. In spirit and style, he gives a sense of seasons to come. Inspired by Nina Ricci’s high regard for lighthanded elegance, Peter Copping will continue in this vein, producing looks that will be noted for their graceful modernity and integrity.
During the most recent season, the brand of Nina Ricci made waves with shoes that simply dispensed with heels altogether.
SANCTUM now carries shoes derived from that collection, with the same lacing and elegant lace – but with 12 cm heels so much easier to wear. Like previous collections, the latest models show the same feminine lines typical for this fashion label.
Ever since they met as fashion students at the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design, the two Dutchman Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren (both born in 1969) have been inseparable – and very successful with their collections.
True power lies in the imagination - or so the creed of the two designers Viktor & Rolf suggest. Be it in the area of haute couture or in the shoemaker's craft: Loathing the superficial, the two Dutch designers use the extraordinary to seduce. Their creations are up to date, and at the same time endorse classic values. Luxury and elegance are disrupted by playful components; Hollywood glamour blends with avant-garde edge, while extravagance combines with simplicity. If you are seeking to strike a note of confident individuality, you will find the right high heels to match it at Viktor & Rolf's.
Their shoes pick up on the playful elements of their current fashion collections, such as little loops and small chains. Subtle pastel colours underline the delicately feminine note.
Viktor & Rolf is a fashion label based in Amsterdam. It was founded by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren in 1993.
LaRare – a name that stands for fantastic footwear designs by Nathalie Elharrar: Ultra-sexy, bold, provocative, and somehow not entirely from this world. Having worked for labels such as Thierry Mugler, Lagerfeld Gallery, and Paule Ka for many years, she set up her own brand in 2007.
The Paris-based designer takes her cues from Marvel comics, the dolls of Hans Bellmer, or the pictures of Pierre Moliner when creating her extraordinary designs. Her protagonists are invariably powerful women – heroines, autonomous, cheeky, invincible, audacious, anarchic, but also funny and sensitive. Needless to say, they always look dashy in their roles: lovely and glamorous. Their most conspicuous feature: They always wear ultra-sexy shoes.
Nathalie Elharrar has always been obsessed by shoes - even as a child she was intrigued by her mother’s Yves Saint Laurent heels.
"Shoes have an innate magic, something very mysterious that is very hard to explain. Even in some fairy tales they play an important role. Shoes symbolise elegance, and they moreover define a woman’s appeal. They change her gait, her own perception, and her sense of self. A terrific pair of shoes is absolutely indispensable for facing life's challenges, such as an important rendezvous. And this goes not just for French women,” the designer emphasizes. And so each season she will challenge anew the “small-mindedness of politically correct shoe fashion."
Thoroughly Italian, this brand is the very incarnation of luxurious high heels, more so than almost any other label.
The history of the brand starts in the 1950s, when Antonio and Italia Renzi began to manufacture shoes. Their eldest son Gianni began to draw shoes at the age of five. Together with his brothers Marco and Lorenzo, he later created the brand Gianmarco Lorenzi, and transformed the small Italian family business into an international company. Beauty and glamour are the hallmarks of Gianmarco Lorenzi’s style. These unique shoes are to 100% handmade in Italy, and it shows in the least little detail.
Today, Gianni Renzi creates glamorous shoes, with every model representing an authentic work of art in its own right. The designer personally supervises each design and development stage. Another aspect of his work is to make the shoes comfortable to wear. During the development of each shoe, a separate study is conducted to ensure the incomparable comfort of these shoes. This explains that women wearing the brand’s vertiginously tall heels not only look sexy but can also move about confidently and comfortably.
This is our American label. Along with Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, it is the very essence of American "sportive elegance."
The New York-based designer relies on timeless chic - simultaneously elegant and simple. His latest collection includes luxurious American sportswear with a “jet-set attitude.” Particularly striking are futuristic elements such as silicone soles and see-through materials.
Michael Kors began his career at the age of 19 as sales assistant and designer at the boutique “Lothar’s” in New York City, enjoying the work so much that he put his studies at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology on the back burner to have more time for designing and for handling customers at “Lothar’s.“ In 1981, Michael Kors launched his own label, whose first women’s apparel line sold directly through the posh department stores Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Kors’ career took off for good in 1997 when he became first the designer, later the creative director, of the French fashion house Céline. By the time his stint at Céline’s ended in 2003, he had reaped a large number of fashion awards. In 2001, Michael Kors introduced his accessories line, from whose collections SANCTUM picks its high heels.
The company Nando Muzi was established at Sant’ Elpidio a Mare, a small town in the heart of the Marche region, in 1963. Only leather from special marchigiano cattle is used in the manufacturing of this footwear, which looks back on a tradition of several decades.
Exclusively handmade, these shoes display an aesthetic sensitivity that embodies classic Italian elegance like few other brands.
Nicole Brundage was born in Texas – in San Antonio, to be precise. She was ushered into the world of fine art at an early age: Her grandfather was a famous sculptor in Mexico, her father a prominent art gallerist in New York City. Her mother and grandmother were avid collectors of vintage clothing – and so it was almost inevitable that she decided early on to become a designer. Following her graduation from Stanford University with a degree in fine arts and art history, she enrolled at the renowned Instituto Marangoni in Milan to study fashion design. She landed her first job with Giorgio Armani, then directly moved on to New York where she designed shoes for the designer Zac Posen under the aegis of Manolo Blahnik. In 2006, she finally launched her own label in Paris. She also collaborated with Salvatore Ferragamo and Furla Talent Hub on special projects.
Her collections manifest a fairy-like levity – her shoes are made for encounters with the “wildest impossibilities,” like dropping into the cave of the white rabbit and finding the golden key – experiencing the world in ways formerly known only from childhood.
Gianni Barbato is Neapolitan and another stylistic trendsetter in the shoe industry. For more than 40 years, season after season, he has designed new shoes – always taking care to harmonise his creations with the material at his disposal. This explains why his models tend to be a wee but rougher and tougher – closer to the natural materials used, such as leather and wood.
Barbato works with deep dedication on the transformation of the original material, and combines these with unexpected elements such as copper, glass, or iron. Thus, his shoes often have a raw, virtually unprocessed look.
Complementing the original and natural quality of the materials are the shapes of the shoe models with their mystical ruggedness, remindful of apocalyptic scenarios. Barbato creates his shoes with powerful silhouettes – and a feminine touch.
Flower is an affiliated manufacturer based in Istanbul. The idea is to bring this label, which is well established in the local club scene, to Germany with its extraordinary in-house creations. Flower draws its inspiration from the great designers, but interprets these templates in its own fashion. Each and every model is handcrafted entirely from leather – our in-house quality control ensures that they conform to the usual high SANCTUM quality standard.