Shoe Designers' International Inspirations
The Shoe: The Aphrodite, a silk slingback ($895).
The Trip: Andrew, a onetime protégé of Alexander McQueen, visits the island annually as an escape from New York. “You’ll find a mountaintop monastery and locally cured olives, but I focus on the simple things: the sun and the immense expanse of the sea,” he says. Andrew had the moiré of the shoe triple-dyed to recall the varying shades of the Aegean.
The Shoe: The Eloise, an embroidered suede lace-up pump ($495).
The Trip: Puerto Rico–born, Manhattan-based Tapia recently returned from a cruise down China’s Li River. “The flat landscape—cut with severe sculptural hills—was straight out of a fairy tale. So was the needlework of the local artisans, which influenced my collection,” she says. Her don’t-miss: the Water Moon Caves, where natural hot springs stretch five miles into the Yangshuo Mountains.
The Place: Miami.
The Shoe: A suede and patent leather pump ($895).
The Trip: “I stayed at the Raleigh, on South Beach, for a work trip,” says the 2013 winner of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Accessory Designer of the Year Award. “I have to watch out for sunburns, but it’s worth it to be around the waterfalls in the pool and the crashing Atlantic surf, which I echoed in the pattern of this platform.”
Mimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director.