Walter Steiger Fall’10







I got in contact with Christina Marcus at Apex Exposure and received pictures from Walter Steiger’s 2010 Fall Collection. The company was started in 1932 by Walter Steiger Sr. in Geneva, Switzerland as an exclusive tailored shoe atelier but it was his son, Walter Jr. who brought the company international acclaim. Steiger Jr. began his apprenticeship at fifteen and worked at his father’s shop until he was twenty years old. After leaving his father’s employ Walter moved to Paris in 1962 and began designing for Bally Madeline. 1963 marked the year that Mr. Steiger moved to London and begins to gain commercial exposure as a result of his heels being featured in the movie Blow Up and Queen, Vogue and Harper Bazaar’s magazines. Moving back to Paris in 1967 saw Walter present his first collection under the family name to significant commercial success. Walter Steiger left a mark on the industry by first using innovative materials and designs such as fluorescent leather, transparent plastic, mesh leather, high-heeled riding boots and sandals with zippers in the back. Throughout his years of designing shoes Walter collaborated with Ungaro, Nina Ricci, Sonia Rykiel, Maison Chloe, Calvin Klein, Claude Montana, Oscar de la Renta, Kenzo, Azzedine Alaia and Karl Lagerfeld. Today most of the creative duties are handled by his sons, Giulio and Paul Steiger and both shoemakers were instrumental in the creation of Steiger Bottier, a Parisian made-to-measure studio for men and women that was opened in 2009.


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