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Best of 2009 Footwear Designer of the Year Poll

Best of 2009: Footwear Designer of the Year

Thanks to the imaginative minds of fabulous footwear designers, sizzling hot shoes were everywhere this year — on the red carpet, on the streets, and at the parties. Without further ado, here are our top six contenders: Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Dolce Vita, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, and Nine West. A mixed bag of high/low brands, and each shined in its own way. Christian Louboutin's eye for decadent details produced beautiful shapes that are undeniably gorgeous. Giuseppe wowed us with its edgier designs and sky-scraping heels. Dolce Vita made a major mark with its affordable, trendy styles. Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci is a force to be reckoned with; his shoes are as amazing as his clothes. Jimmy Choo's Tamara Mellon had a big year on the red carpet, and who can forget her crazy cool collab with H&M? And last but not least, Nine West. Their shoes are always comfy, cheap, and cunning.

(Top Row: L-R, Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Dolce Vita)
(Bottom Row: L-R, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Nine West)

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danizzle danizzle 7 years
im sorry but what the f happened to nine west? i used to be a slave to them and i havent bought a single pair in the past year and a half or so... i havent liked ANYTHING i would LOVE to own louboutins - just a simple sky high black heel to wear with my LBD's dolce vita is also a great affordable brand im a huge fan of the calvin klein collection at nordstrom. they are all super high fashion, way comfy, and most are under $100!!
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
Louboutins are so overrated!!!!!!! So tired of them; there are other shoes! I'm digging the Nine West ones; all the other ones are kind of lame; but my definite favorites are those black, blue, teal, and highlighter yellow majestic creations from Proenza Schouler...
Itsybitsy Itsybitsy 7 years
Thank you anonymous for the shopping tip. Love, Itsybitsy.
myystque myystque 7 years
Louboutin!! One day I will own a pair.
hmrwlp hmrwlp 7 years
Your article is wonderful!Hold it. manolo blahnik is my favourite,thanks
rosieposie34 rosieposie34 7 years
god i wish i could afford louboutins... one day when my ship comes in i suppose.
any any 7 years
meh unfor with my salary i cant afford any of this brands... but i do love my gen.e ration or the ones i can afford :D
biarose biarose 7 years
flickster- lol "heard they car" I read that and accidentally spat carrot on my computer.
Shop_Oholic Shop_Oholic 7 years
Jimmy Choo's suck now that he is no longer in charge. They are uncomfy and overpriced. Not to mention sold out to H&M!!!
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
*heard they car. LOL. heard they are
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
fauxcat I've heard they car, but have never had any of my own. Also i have to admit i'm really NOT a fan of Louboutin except for the simple platform heels. the single color plain heels. It just not my style of details normally. (also if my shoes were THAT expensive i'd want some i could wear the shite out of with tons of different outfits!)
aphill4 aphill4 7 years
I like the Givenchy. I don't know how well I would be able to walk in them, but I like the lace up model.
fauxcat fauxcat 7 years
A question for you fashion-savvy gals who own these high-ends: are Loubs/Blahniks/Choos any more comfortable than other, somewhat cheaper (but not super-cheap) brands? I can't do super-high heels anyway because I have low arches and would probably twist an ankle in 3 seconds flat, but for a 3-inch-ish heel, do these brands feel better than others? Or are all heels pretty much annoying but you pay for the quality and the design?
Kaki Kaki 7 years
Louboutin. Though I did a little trip to the Blahnik world this year and loved it too.
LolaSvelt LolaSvelt 7 years
What a mediocre list apart from Givenchy. Where is Manolo Blahnik?
Itsybitsy Itsybitsy 7 years
Does anyone know where I can find those louboutins? They're gorgeous!
Santanamarie Santanamarie 7 years
I love Louboutins! However I adore Dolce VIta I have several pair!
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