Depending on who you ask, the key to a great outfit (or the demise of a not-so-great one) are the shoes. A purposeful footwear choice can do the heavy lifting; it can dress up a simple jumper and slacks, can contrast a splashy cocktail dress, and can even give your 9-to-5 uniform an oft-needed upgrade. In other words, it's important to pay attention to shoes, which brings us to the topic of today's spotlight. We've taken note of three European footwear brands that are not only turning out creative, exceptional designs but are also being embraced by most of our favorite women in fashion.
The styles run gamut from thigh-high python-effect leather boots to pearl-embellished lace-up kitten heels, but the common denominator between them all is quality craftsmanship and that element of buzz that new brands need to break through the noise. Scroll down to familiarize yourself with these It labels, and if you haven't heard of them before, be sure to pick up a pair or two for your own wardrobe this season.