Beloved by the likes of Olivia Palermo and Julianne Moore, it’s Aquazzura’s Edgardo Osorio and his much emulated but never bettered Christy and Belgravia styles that are responsible for the fashion world’s obsession with lace-up shoes.
It all began with the flats, the designer explains: "My aim has always been to create flats that are as chic as heels, flats you don’t have to apologise for – too often women would approach me wearing flats and apologise for not wearing heels. This is why I created the trend for lace-up flats; they’re flats that are interesting, sexy and chic at the same time."
An instant hit due to their ability to elevate every outfit, despite the lack of heel height, how does Edgardo like to see the Christy and Belgravia flats styled? "I love to see them worn with a cocktail dress or an evening gown. I think it’s very elegant and modern, and gives the outfit an extra edge."
Those who loved the lacing but hankered for a heel didn’t have to wait too long, however, for more vertiginous versions followed soon after, with comfort remaining key to their design. "I want women to be able to walk in my shoes all day and feel great," the designer explains, "as opposed to having to change their shoes several times a day because they can’t walk in them." Lucky, really, because once you own a pair you most likely won’t want to take them off.