In the battle of the fashion weeks, one thing is clear: Milan is the most important stop on the calendar for shoe designers and buyers alike this season.
Almost two dozen footwear-centric labels are on the official schedule at Milan Fashion Week, which kicks off today. In addition, many emerging designers are holding previews in showrooms and at trade shows across the city. It’s a notable uptick from recent seasons, when some of the shoe buzz had shifted to Paris.
Florence, Italy–based Aquazzura, New York mainstay Stuart Weitzman and Spanish brand Pedro Garcia are among the big names that will join an already-footwear heavy lineup in Milan. (Global powerhouses like Jimmy Choo and Italian stalwarts such as Gianvito Rossi have always hosted their presentations in the city.)
Edgardo Osorio and Aquazzura, who have traditionally shown in Paris, are presenting in Milan this season.
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“Italy, and mainly Milan, is the capital of the world for luxury footwear. With a majority of the factories [located in the country] and a legacy for craftsmanship and know-how which spans across generations, it only makes sense that more brands are presenting in the place where their shoes are made,” said Alberto Oliveros, General Merchandising Manager for Level