Designer Katrien Herdewyn

Enchanting and delicate, yet edgy and sharp. That is how you can describe the style of footwear designer Katrien Herdewyn. Katrien used our sustainable Stahl EVO® to create these high fashion heels.

The inspiration for the design comes from the lotus-flower and the anatomy of the human hand. The heel holds the shoe delicately like humanity should do with nature. The design is asymmetrically wrapped around the foot. The name for the shoe ‘Avarizia’ refers to the human greed to take what we can from nature, but realizing we can only do this in a respectful and synergetic way.

Katrien graduated in 2010 as a civil engineer with a master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Leuven. After her studies, she started a PhD in Sciences in combination with a study in Footwear Design at the Academy of Fine Arts of Sint-Niklaas.

In addition, she took specialized classes in Fashion Footwear Design at London College of Fashion (UK), Polimoda (Italy), Prescot & McKay (UK) and at our partner SLEM (today known as The Footwearists). In 2013 she was nominated for the Global Footwear Design Award. In 2014 she became the Belgian finalist in the prestigious Muuse x Vogue Talents – Young Vision Award Accessories. In November 2014, she started her own shoe label: Elegnano.

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