Which Shoe Belongs to Which City?

When it comes to seeking style inspiration from cities around the globe, we turn to Los Angeles, New York, and London, to name a few. What dictates a specific city’s dress code? Two big elements are transportation and weather, of course, but it’s always interesting to see what specifically inspires a certain style set’s sartorial habits.

With that in mind, we set off to learn more about how your location can have a major influence on your style. To that end, Moda Operandi tapped five offbeat style stars from all over the world—photographers Amanda Charchian, Kate Bellm, Elena Rendina, Juliette Cassidy, and Rachel Chandler—to style a pair of on-trend shoes for its fall campaign. Given that their jobs require them to be standing and capturing other people behind the camera, we figured it was time to turn the lens around. The result is what you’d expect from a handful of creatives: playful styling with a lot of personality. 

Keep reading to see how these stylish ladies’ cities influenced the way they styled their shoes, and shop fall’s must-have footwear from Moda Operandi's unique assortment.

“Living in perpetual summer has taught me how to wear lightweight clothes with super-comfortable but chic shoes to match,” explains Charchian. “I’m drawn to the sculptural shape and the elongating silhouette of these ankle boots, and to the blue velvet.”

“As with the majority of Londoners, my style is simple, and I gravitate toward things that are comfortable [since I’m on set a lot],” explains Rendina. “That’s why I love these Aquazurra shoes. They fit perfectly, are easy and comfortable, and the embroidery is a little eccentric but not so much so that you can’t wear them regularly.”

“Even though I now live in both Los Angeles and London, no place compares to London—you can’t find the culture, art, and fashion anywhere else,” says Cassidy. “I’m European, which plays into my style a lot; I’d say my style is boyish-chic, which is why these Bally shoes are perfect for me. They’re comfortable, elegant, and easy to pair with almost anything—the perfect shoes for spending a quiet day in the studio.”

“I love these shoes because they’re very ’70s, and I love everything vintage. But as far as practicality, they’re not the best, given I live on a mountain with dirt roads,” says Bellm. “But it’s always nice having a pair of shoes to wear for special occasions.”

“I run around the city a lot—shooting, casting, scouting, and attending meetings—so there’s a practical element to my style,” says Chandler. “My style comes from growing up in California. I dress comfortably and have always worn a lot of menswear.”

How does where you live influence your style? Tell us in the comments below.