This is one of the styles from Azzedine Alaia. Mr. Alaia was born in Tunisia in 1935 and moved to Paris to pursue his dream of fashion after being influenced by his twin sister and encouraged by a family friend who gave him copies of Vogue magazine to read. While in Paris Azzedine worked for Christian Dior as a tailleur then Guy Laroche for two seasons. After working for Thierry Mugler, Azzedine Alaia started his own couture collection in his small apartment during the 70s. 1980 was the debut of his ready to wear collection and it was during this decade that the label began to take off. Azzedine signed a partnership with the Prada group in 2000 but in July of 2007 he bought his business back from the group. Prada still produces footwear for the label.