[...] Muoz (who says he's always had a passion for shoes and confesses his own closet is filled with custom-made styles) was up for the challenge, and in 2008 debuted his women's collection with a soft launch. Highlights including a grayish-pink suede stiletto with oversize tassels, a sienna lace-up ankle bootie with a contrasting bordeaux stripe and an olive peep-toe bootie with black stripes.
Shoe Salon From top: Charles Jourdan pump; Sorel snow boot; J75 by Jump oxford. Designer Chat: Abel Muñoz ABEL MUÑOZ, WHO hails from Latin America, learned his craft from an Italian modallista, and has designed shoes in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, says he be- lieves women around the globe want alluring footwear. “A high heel is very sexy,” he notes, explaining that sky- high versions will always be part of his eponymous Clockwise from top left: Chocolate Blu ballet flat with bow; engineer boot by footwear line. “In Costa Rica, mothers are running Franco Sarto; Marc Joseph New York pump; Contessa by Italian Shoemakers mule; around with their children in their heels.” cut-out bootie by Sergio Zelcer; hidden platform pump by Schutz. The designer got his start in fashion as an art director for Canada’s FQ Magazine. That opportu- nity led to the chance to study at the Arpel Insti- tute of Shoe and Accessory Design in Milan, where he ended up pursuing “the most complicated cat- Sting Operation egory.” But Muñoz (who says he’s always had a pas- E D I T O R’S P I CKS Stingray skins glide into sion for shoes and confesses his own closet is ﬁlled Fall ’10 styles. with custom-made styles) was up for the challenge, and in 2008 debuted his women’s collection with a soft launch. “In the last few years, the industry has gained more recognition, and
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