Brian Atwood created his self-named shoe label in 2001. Ever since then, his sexy shoes have featured elaborate, over the top designs that feature the best skins, fringe and jewels and have garnered Atwood a devoted following.
He grew up in a suburb outside Chicago and studied art and architecture at Southern Illinois University before heading to New York for a stint at The Fashion Institute of Technology. His career really started to take off in Europe, where he became the first American to ever be hired by the legendary Gianni Versace. It didn’t take long before Atwood was promoted to chief designer for women’s accessories, where he was able to hone his already impressive skills and refine his footwear designs.
Since 2001, he has spent a lot of his time continuing his work in Europe, where his skill in designing shoes is truly considered an art form.
Celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Kate Hudson, Lady Gaga and Anna Kendrick have been photographed wearing Brian Atwood heels, particularly his Tribeca platform, snakeskin platform pumps and floral peep-toe boots.
In addition to his signature line of Brian Atwood heels, he has introduced designs that vary from the traditional platform or stiletto heel to thick heels that are great for urban living, shearling booties and sandals made to wear with cashmere stockings.
No matter what he does, there is no mistaking Atwood’s flair for outlandish but functional designs and decadent materials. His recent couture line featured multi-colored sandals with gold metal detailing, over the knee python skin stiletto boots and another pair of over the knee boots with a more traditional low heel—this time in leopard print.
With each pair of meticulously crafted Brian Atwood heels, he comes a step closer to fulfilling his own fantasy of making people dance longer, laugh harder and look better.