Shoe Obsessed: Introducing Walter Steiger

Walter Steiger at Bergdorf Goodman

As you well know, we’re seriously obsessed with shoes (we’ve even created a map to track our well-heeled obsessions… and an iPhone app dedicated expressly to shoes).  Each week our shoe-obsessed to the point of giddy assistant buyer, Rachel, will fill you in on the hottest styles and trends to hit our Shoe Salons.

This week? Walter Steiger Joins Us!

We couldn’t be more excited about re-introducing Walter Steiger at Bergdorf Goodman. This iconic brand has been around since 1932, forever dedicated to creating unique, innovative footwear. Walter Steiger for Akris S/S12Walter is known for his minimal design aesthetic, traditional craftsmanship, and high quality materials. Throughout his career he has collaborated with some of the most world renowned fashion houses, most recently with Victoria Beckham and Akris (right).

More exciting though is the revival of his signature claw heel.  Mr. Steiger designed the renowned heel to, as he put it earlier this week, “mimick the natural foot line by reproducing its simple shape.” The Steiger Claw was originally created in the early 70′s for Karl Lagerfeld’s Chloe runway presentation. In recent years it has grown in popularity and height making it a trademark classic for the brand.

Speaking from experience, these shoes are unbelievably comfortable Walter Steiger Signature Claw, 212 872 8947(yes, we tried them on)!  Walter explained earlier this week that he designs shoes for a woman, to make her look her best while feeling comfortable.  Standard heels, he noted, were designed for gentlemen of the royal court to wear (the Sun King comes for mind) and never were adapted for a woman’s shape.  Steiger sought to correct this by simplifying the design and keeping the shoe’s silhouette parallel to your sole.  In fact, his curved heel makes you feel more stable and the pitch of your foot, whether in platform or single sole, is the perfect height. Simply put: his shoes just mold to your feet, making you very secure when walking, so no wobbling here!

The gold lining inside the shoe is another Stieger signature. We love the shapes, clean modern lines and fashion forward design Walter brings to his shoes.

This fall we are thrilled to introduce the collection with eight fabulous styles. Ranging in shape and heel height, we have ankle boots, pumps and even an exclusive unlined boot. It’s too difficult to pick a favorite but these are definitely a must-have for every shoe obsessive.  For more details, call 212 872 8947.

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Walter Steiger, 212 872 8947 Walter Steiger


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Walter Steiger, 212 872 8947

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