Redefining heels with Silvia Fadó

Redefining heels with Silvia Fadó

Silvia Fado

Footwear Designer

At a first glance, London College of Fashion graduate Silvia Fadó's extraordinary shoes do not look too comfortable. With their incredible height and unconventional use of materials and structures, you would not think these shoes would be anything close to comfortable. However, looks can be deceiving. Silvia Fadó's background in architecture and interest in impact absorption, which inspired her to work with an architect, photographer and engineer, allowed her to create both functional and wearable heels. It is therefore no surprise that her heels have received international recognition, being showcased at London, Paris and New York Fashion Weeks. Here to speak about her her heels, is an interview with designer Silvia Fadó.

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Describe a typical Silvia Fadó wearer?

I imagine someone who has a lot of attitude, wants something special, and appreciates design and quality.

Advice for other designers starting up their brand.

You have to be persistent and have a lot of energy. It has to be your passion otherwise it's very difficult. You have to be ready to work for many hours and have a clear idea of what you want. 

What's your favorite pair of shoes from your collection right now and why?

The acrylic heel is definitely one of my favourites.

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I am attracted to functional design and was working with an engineer to develop these techniques. I made the heel transparent as there are a lot of different mechanisms at play (seen above) and I wanted these to be visible.

How comfortable were your shoes to wear?

Heels in general are not comfortable. I wanted to change that. I'm working on how to make the heels more comfortable especially when you wear them for a long period of time. 

Why did you choose to study shoe design for your MA?

I loved shoes all my life. So it was something I had in mind since I left university. Then, I finally decided to leave my job in knitwear to do an MA in footwear. 

Has your background in architecture helped you?

It definitely has helped me to interpret things in 3D. I learned a lot about design from architecture. And I love functional design, that's why I am attracted to dual mechanisms, which is evident in my shoes. They always have something more going on, they are not just beautiful.

What stage is the hardest in designing shoes?

Although the heels are a small structure, it has to hold the entire weight of the body. Therefore, you have to make sure the heel is structurally very strong to support the entire body.

Would you ever consider designing shoes for men? 

I would. I did a collaboration with Barcelona Fashion Week for Miquel Suay and designed all the shoes for the models in the catwalk. 

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What is your favorite brand?

I love Maison Margiela, Alexander Wang and Iris van Herpen.

Want to find out more about Silvia Fadó? Check out her website www.silviafado.com, instagram @silviafado_shoes, and Ocotur

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