Last year, I traveled to Australian Fashion Week for the first time and while I was there, I was introduced to a number of incredible brands that continue to leave me captivated. From seeing stunning fashion shows like the one at Christopher Esber to visiting showrooms in Sydney to discover the collections of other designers, the unique point of view Australian fashion brands have left a big impression on me. Here, designers are pros at creating beautiful pieces with modern details, but also an easiness that makes them very wearable.
While there's no denying their expertise with beachwear and resort wear, shoes are another place where they shine. From strappy heels to minimal flats, their beautiful designs are ones I have stocked in my closet and can't stop talking about. Here, discover some of my favorite Australian shoe brands.
Creative director Emily Inglis of Studio Amelia designs shoes that are the ultimate balance of effortless and sleek. With an eye for minimal silhouettes ranging from wrap sandals to strappy heels, consider these the timeless shoes you'll have in your closet for years and years. The brand is a personal favorite and I own two pairs of the slingback flats—they're a wardrobe staple and I can attest that they go with practically anything.
By FAR is a label that you're bound to find in any cool fashion person's closet. Taking inspiration from the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, the throwback designs have all the elements of cool style from decades past but are finished the modern details that still make them feel very of-the-moment.
Mara & Mine
Founded by former stylist Tamie Ingham and model Jasmine Yarbough, Mara & Mine is a collection of stylish flats and heels inspired by their backgrounds in fashion. Here, you'll find everything from chic ruched straps to '90s-inspired square-toe silhouettes.
Launched by founder Anna McLaren, A.Emery focused on minimalist silhouettes and a versatile, neutral palette. The designs were also spotted on the runway at the Matteau resort 2020 show.