The name Amina Muaddi needs no introduction to those who are aware of the designer’s success, but to the uninitiated, you’ll probably know her by her much buzzed about sell-out shoes: The ones with the sculpted fluted heel. The ones you always see on Kendall Jenner (wearing a slip dress, no less), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in a black dress or blazer), and Rihanna (who makes anything look good). Amina Muaddi shoes are not only the stuff of celebrity Instagrams but the fabulous beef of street style during fashion weeks past. Interested to know what makes them tick or want to cop a pair yourself? Read on to find out:
What are Amina Muaddi shoes?
Amina Muaddi shoes are nothing short of glitzy, and whether or not rhinestones and vibrant colors are your cup of tea, it’s easy to see why many people are so enthralled by her creations. Aside from the fab and feminine appeal of the designs, the avid shoe fan will appreciate how well made they are and how wearable they could actually be. Case in point, the shoes have been touted as the perfect “9 to 5” pair with their (surprisingly) comfortable heel and easy glamour that makes it transition to evening affairs.
Who is Amina Muaddi?
The woman behind the bestselling shoes (which are usually sold out in luxe retailers and stockists) started her eponymous brand in August 2018. Having been fascinated by her mother’s pumps at a young age, the Romanian-Jordanian designer took to Riviera del Brenta, Italy’s storied shoe-making district, where she learned the ropes and worked with artisans. She created her first-ever brand called Oscar Tiye in 2013. Today, she runs her label in Paris but the designs are produced in Italy. In 2019, she was tapped by Rihanna to design a co-branded shoe line for Fenty, which dropped last July 2020.
What are the best Amina Muaddi shoes?
One might quickly identify Amina Muaddi as a strictly glam brand, there’s actually a myriad of designs suited for those with more pared down aesthetics—and they come in a range of hues, too. Below, we round a few of the best styles to consider:
1. Gilda Sandals 95
Perhaps the most recognizable Amina Muaddi shoe is the Gilda sandal. Featuring triple straps and the iconic fluted stiletto heel, it’s made with a satin upper and a leather sole. Aside from its sculptural design, what makes it such a wearable shoe is the square toe—very flattering and perfect for daytime jaunts.
Gilda Sandals 95, $1040 (approximately P50,169), AMINA MUADDI, harrods.com
2. Gilda 95 Mules
For those who aren’t so keen on exposing their toes, there’s always the Gilda Mules. It’s still got that distinct fluted stiletto but with a pointed-toe upper, still crafted in that luxurious satin. A standout design made even better with vibrant colors.
Gilda 95 Mules, $1093 (approximately P52,726), AMINA MUADDI, farfetch.com
3. White Fiona 95 Pumps
Not everyone’s a huge fan of Amina Muaddi’s eye-catching, red carpet-ready heels, but there are more sensible options that still have her signature flair. A great choice would be the White Fiona 95 pumps in snake print leather that goes well with everything from office looks to dinner fêtes.
White Fiona 95 Pumps, $723 (approximately P34,877), AMINA MUADDI, brownsfashion.com
4. Vita Leather Sandals
For the minimalists out there, this one’s for you. Amina Muaddi’s Vita leather sandals are the strappy heels of dreams. It features slinky leather straps that can be tied around the ankle or above it for a leg-lengthening effect. It’s tan color flatters any skin tone and is the trendiest nude color as of late.
Vita Leather Sandals, 600 € (approximately P34,790), AMINA MUADDI, net-a-porter.com
5. Rosie Crystal-Embellished PVC Slingback Pumps
If Cinderella would pick out an Amina Muaddi shoe this would be it. Called the Rosie, these PVC pumps are straight out of a fairytale with its pointed toe and crystal-clear heel. What makes it fit for today though is its crystal-paved accent bow and rear strap so you could walk in the day and waltz (or party) at night.
Rosie Crystal-Embellished PVC Slingback Pumps, 835 € (approximately P48,417), AMINA MUADDI, net-a-porter.com
How much are Amina Muaddi shoes?
The price of Amina Muaddi shoes varies between $610 to $1500, depending on the design. The more minimalist designs (like leather mules) start at approximately $600, while the more gilded designs usually retailing for around $1000. Other mules and heels play around the $700-$900 range.
What makes Amina Muaddi shoes expensive is the fact that they are made in Italy by highly skilled artisans who use nothing but quality materials. Plus, there’s also the fact that Amina Muaddi shoes are one-of-a-kind, hence the huge demand. Given the brand’s rise, it’s less likely that prices will drop anytime soon.
Are Amina Muaddi shoes worth it?
With their Hollywood-meets-street style glamour, Amina Muaddi shoes aren’t for everyone. But they’re definitely something to consider for the shoe-obsessed out there who love collecting definitive designs of the times. If you’re a budding enthusiast though, Amina Muaddi’s steppers would be worth it, especially if you shop a pair you see yourself wearing in the long run—even if it’s a statement pair of heels you’ve always wanted to have.
How do celebrities wear Amina Muaddi shoes?
1. Rihanna embraces the playful vibe of her PVC pumps by layering feminine pieces on top of a white tee and jeans.
2. Rosie Huntington-Whitely elevates an oversized blazer look with snake skin Fiona Pumps that could take her from work to play.
3. Not one to miss out on a ‘90s supermodel moment, Kendall Jenner dons a tangerine midi dress with her dazzling Gilda 95 sandals.
4. Hailey Bieber steps out in a black pair of Gilda 95’s to soften up her suit jacket and to elevate her slip dress.
5. True to her streamlined color palettes, Kim Kardashian matches her bright blue Amina Muaddi pumps to her latex pants for a futuristic look.
6. Nadine Lustre
7. Sarah Lahbati
8. Dr. Victoria Belo styles her PVC pumps with bright hues and floral theme. Perfect for summer!
9. Jinkee Pacquiao's mules pair nicely with a monogrammed sporty Dior dress. So cute!
10. Heart Evangelista styles her Cinderella-esque glass slippers with a classic white wrap dress. It's a timeless combo!
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