It was 2017 when Spanish designer Mercedes Castillo launched her namesake shoe line.. Prior to that finale, Castillo was the footwear design director for Donna Karan International before heading to Tory Burch to start its shoe line.
I wanted to design accessories with a purity that felt very close to minimalism, but also with a sense of energy and happiness. There are already so many brands and choices, so I wanted to make sure I was going to do something different and fresh.
What women want and how they want to dress has always been in Mercedes’ design aesthetic, keeping in mind their artsy and cultured interests alongside their confidence.. There’s a joy that comes along upon owning a Castillo pair of shoes, her creations are very practical and inspirational. Her designs embrace sculptural shapes with perfectly refined lines, slightly exaggerated proportions, adventurous colors, and handcrafted details.
I think people express their personality through shoes more than anything else, but it was important that there was a sense of ease and wearability, she says.
A brand that sits confidently side by side to top designer shoes, Mercedes Castillo comes with an easier price tag.. Her creations are available online at Net-a-porter, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Saks and a few more e-commerce websites..