The Shoe Architect

The architect. That’s what they call shoe designer Burak Uyan, perhaps because his shoes are like columns, complex structures and, at times, modern buildings. That’s no coincidence since he cites his sources of inspiration as “architecture and arts and crafts.” Born in Germany and based in Paris, Burak has his own eponymous label, and formerly designed for Givenchy and Giambattista Valli.

Today, his shoes appear in the Shoes Gallery Page-A-Day® calendar. These blue suede booties from his 2012 collection cut the ankle at a provocative asymmetrical angle and are lined with blue reptile skin trim.

Perhaps Burak’s penchance for architectural footwear is what allows him to mount soles atop such high heels, while still conveying a sturdy and well-mounted impression. In addition to being expertly constructed, these shoes are sassy and splashy. Sure, Burak’s German precision is loud and clear in each design, but his use of curvaceous line, bold color, buckles and material is anything but austere.

Art Deco makes an appearance in turquoise and mint-green color block pumps. A black ankle bootie smacks of Victorian style with its wide lacing, yet Steampunk pizzazz with its futuristic, dark character. In a playful pump, a network of pink and purple zig-zags across the foot.


Ah yes, these are the type of steal-the-show shoes that you might don to an art gallery opening, a rooftop lounge cocktail party or a club where you intend to see and be seen. Based on Burak Uyan’s Pinterest, we’re guessing he’s a pretty cool guy with a great sense of humor—and a tattoo enthusiast. Check him out and learn more about this brilliant German maestro of the shoe.


Visit Burak Uyan's profile on Pinterest.

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