Shoes

Head Over (High) Heels

It’s time to get tottering again: here are Pulse’s current top three shoe brands, created by Arab designers, that will have you living out your highest fantasies!

You know what they say… the higher the heel, the closer you are to heaven. During the pandemic, high heels were at the point of flatlining, some would even say teetering on the edge of extinction. Women around the world ditched their high-heeled shoes and many have no plans to go back. With businesses beginning to open again, others are gingerly sliding their toes back in, a millimeter at a time.

High heels, forgive us, for we have neglected you. Not because we wanted to (OK, some did), but because we had to. I mean, we had nowhere to go – but my love for you is not transactional. I’m sorry we left you on a shelf, lonely as you collected dust. But we’re re-uniting, that, I can promise.

A good pair of high heels is unmatched, especially when your alter ego comes out to play. Something about that long heel is just sexy. You can tell a lot about a person by observing their shoes. I often feel it’s the one fashion item that people do not mind experimenting with, even if it comes at the price of comfort. No, kitten heels, I’m not talking about you. I’m talking to you stilettos, and you too, pumps!

If you’re in agreement, then, you’ve come to right place. Here are my current top three shoe brands created by Arab designers, that will have you living out your highest fantasies (pun intended). I can promise that, too.

It’s time to get tottering again, you’ve just found your next pair of heels.

Amina Muaddi

Amina Muaddi is the shoe designer of the moment. She has collaborated with Rihanna and ASAP Rocky, among others. Her heels are the perfect blend of effortless glamour, impeccable craftsmanship and fashion-forward style. She understands the assignment and delivers with every collection. That’s why her heels are so sought-after, and quite frankly, difficult to get your hands on. Everyone wants the fresh and timeless quality that Amina brings to the table. They truly are perfect fit for today’s taste-maker.

D’ACCORI

“Disclaimer: D’ACCORI’s designs are not for the faint hearted nor the mundane, and they will definitely turn heads.” D’ACCORI may be new to the shoe scene, but his designs have not gone unnoticed. In fact, his first ever pair of high heels was worn by Lady Gaga. He has since seen the likes of Ariana Grande, Beyonce and Doja Cat donning his creations. The brand’s bold and flamboyant, or subtle and understated, styles are the result of a unique blend of handcrafted shoes with a contemporary edge. I’d say they’re the perfect disco-fever shoe, too.

Liudmila

Najeeba Hayat is obsessed with Victorian and early 20th century detective novels and mysteries and Liudmila is the medium through which her wildest fantasies come into play. The brand is “fixated on mining childhood memories and translating the sense of wonder and magic they evoked into line, form and color.” Her fresh take on Victorian footwear is as quirky as it is magical. Dark, sexy, yet somehow light. If you’re looking for a comfortable pair that will transport you back in time, but still have you looking fresh, you’re in for a treat, because you have just found your match!