If the shoe fits
IMAGE: Edgardo Osorio, Shoe designer »
Shoe designer Edgardo Osorio tells Xu Junqian about the comingseason's craze for fringes and why he always gets invited toweddings.
Edgardo Osorio was born in Columbia, raised in Miami, United States, and received his education at Central St Martins inLondon.
Osorio was only 19 years old and had not even finished his degreein fashion design, when he was offered an internship at shoemakerSalvatore Ferragamo in Florence, launching his career in fashion.
After working in the industry for more than a decade with a galaxyof big names including Roberto Cavalli and Sigerson Morrison, in2011, Osorio launched his own shoe brand, Aquazzura, meaning"blue water" in Italian. The name was inspired by his love of thesea and sun.
There were many reasons for him to "take the challenge to work on his own". The designer hadgrown up watching his mother and sisters "always wearing heels", even at home, but he could nolonger find beautiful and comfortable shoes in the stores. He felt that women were not walking inheels "the way they should", and "everything is too exaggerated, with platforms being too high,and accessories too complicated".
His goal was simple: to create elegant, sexy and comfortable shoes that are to the feet as glovesto the hands, or socks to a heel.
"I am Columbian, and I am always the first one at a wedding to get onto the dance floor and thelast one to leave, which is why I got invited to 12 weddings last year," Osorio says with a laugh.
"It always bothered me that the first thing women did when they were invited to dance, was totake their shoes off, and that's even before they started dancing. I want to make shoes that youcan dance in," he says.
Article Credit: Chinadaily