What do you get when you combine a former Calvin Klein stylist, a footwear-construction expert, and a mutual love for ultracool Transformers-style designs? New shoe line Freda Salvador. The Sausalito, CA-based brand was cofounded by Megan Papay and Cristina Palomo Nelson in the hopes of creating a shoe that provided functionality and luxury — and they did just that. With their joint fashion backgrounds (Papay worked in the celebrity styling department of Calvin Klein, and Palomo Nelson not only hails from one of the largest shoemaking families in Central America, but also has studied shoe design at Ars Sutoria in Milan), it's not hard to see why or how Freda Salvador caters to an every-girl sensibility. There's a mid-calf riding boot — classic, colorblocked, and multistrapped — that, when folded down, morphs into an edgier ankle boot. Or, there's a printed calf-hair saddle shoe that transforms into the slickest pair of smoking slippers with just the removal of a strap. It's all in the details, and Papay and Nelson have taken care to pay attention to even the slightest footwear nuances. We've picked our favorite styles fresh from their first-ever collection, plus provided an inside look at the ladies behind Freda Salvador, when you keep clicking.
Freda Salvador Gives Us Chic Twofer Shoes — Like Transformers but Better