From Elie Saab to Zuhair Murad, Arab designers have become household names. Although gowns have long taken the spotlight, footwear by Arab designers is about to dominate the industry.
These designers’ shoes have been worn by everyone from Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez to Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski—and that’s just to name a few.
If they’re not already on your radar, it’s time to get acquainted. These are the designers whose shoes are killing the game.
Amina Muaddi – Amina Muaddi
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If there is one name to know, it’s Amina Muaddi. The Jordanian-Romanian designer launched her label in 2018, with her designs becoming Instagram’s official ‘it’ shoe (Bella Hadid and Rihanna have both worn her designs). Her now-signature flared-stiletto heel is instantly recognizable. Her talent was recognized, too. Muaddi was recently been appointed by Rihanna to design footwear for her label, Fenty.
Andrea Wazen – Andrea Wazen
Emily Ratajakowski and Jennifer Lopez are loyal clients, and you should be too. Wazen, who is of Lebanese heritage, launched her label in 2012 after getting a start with Elie Saab as an intern in 2009. She has since made a name for herself, with her label becoming one of the most sought-after in footwear.
Katrine Hanna – Katrine Hanna
Her eponymous label might still be emerging, but if her designs are any indication, Austalian-Lebanese designer Katrine Hanna has about to lead the way. The Central Saint Martins graduate launched her label in 2018, after working with the likes of Alexander Wang. Her shoes are instantly-recognizable, with a banksia (a flower native to Australia) carved into a heel.
Najeeba Hayat – Liudmila
The luxury footwear label was launched by Kuwait-born designer Najeeba Hayat when she was just 22-years-old. She moved to Milan, studied footwear pattern-making, and went on to launch Liudmila in 2013. Her signature? Low heels.
Whilst Lebanese designers have dominated the region’s fashion industry, Zyne is putting Morocco on the map. With tradition at heart, the label launched in 2016 by best friends and business partners Zineb Britel and Laura Pujol. The duo has since made Zyne a global name, with Meghan Markle sporting their design (which is inspired by the Moroccan craft of making the ‘babouche’).