There is always something special about wearing new shoes. To quote the iconic Dominique Jackson: “Take off the shoes, kid, take off the shoes.”
We may not know what it is, but it’s not enough, and now that summer is coming, our shoe closet is probably empty and screaming for an update.
Well, we got you! Here are four Latina designers who are rocking the world of shoe fashion, offering exciting and bold designs and supporting the Latino community.
Kylie Jenner, Normani, Thalia, Bebe Rexha, and Carrie Underwood are some of the celebrities wearing Flor de Maria Rivera’s designs.
The Peruvian-American came to the United States at 14, attended the University of San Diego, and soon began a career as a sports anchor, producer, and writer for Telemundo, Univision, and others. In 2010 she started a bilingual fashion blog, “Flor de Maria Fashion,” then moved to New York in hopes of making contacts within the fashion world.
One of his posts about shoes on his blog started to attract attention, and several TV stations contacted Rivera to talk about shoes. Then, he got the great idea to travel the business world by shoe.
Rivera traveled to Italy and learned how to make the best shoes at the prestigious Arsutoria school. But what is the basis of Flor de Maria’s designs? Well, he was always inspired by his roots, the Nazca Lines, the color of the Andes, and pre-Columbian things like Tumi.
The beauty of her designs attracted A-list celebrities and made her one of the most influential Latina designers in the United States, and this was just the beginning.
This Guatemalan designer Jacqueline Velasquez made us enter a new and exciting world with her designs. His brand, MCLC, was born 18 years ago when Velasquez was attending college and studying biological sciences. She soon realized that her true love was art and fashion.
Velasquez enrolled in art school to later work as a production and operations assistant. In 2018, he launched MCLC, a brand aimed at creating awareness in the world of fast fashion. MCLC’s mission is to work with eco-friendly materials and give back to the community for its support. A portion of the sales will go to non-profit organizations.
And MCLC goes for the excitement. Its latest collection implements 3-D elements, yin and yang, smiley faces, and flowers-a must in the future.
Founded in 2014 by Adriana Epelboim-Levy, ALEPEL takes shoe art to another level. Epelboim-Levy studied architecture and, like most of us, had a passion for shoes, so she decided to follow that passion and enrolled in the shoe design program at Arsutoria School in Milan.
Since its launch, ALEPEL’s main goal has been that each piece should be unique, painstakingly crafted, and accompanied by a stunning collection of hand-painted artwork. The luxurious shoes are made in Brazil with high quality materials and hand -painted by local artists in the Miami area.
Epelboim-Levy’s Venezuelan roots can be seen in his designs. Comfortable and with a dynamic spirit, ALEPEL shoes hope to become practical art.
With a mission to empower women through shoes, Rossy G. Sánchez created Annabella almost six years ago. After leaving Venezuela and a career as an industrial engineer with more than 20 years of industry experience, Sánchez decided to start Annabella.
Craftsmen create Annabella’s designs in Alicante, Spain, with the utmost attention and care. The brand did not shy away from participating in a variety of options. You can find sandals, pumps, and boots that Paris Boots is the best selling brand. The brand does not limit itself to unique designs; it also offers a box opening experience, from which emits a fragrance that manages to capture the customer.