Brazilian designer Francesca Giobbi produces beautiful, health-conscious footwear. A short last helps to prevent veins in the feet from being constricted, and the heel is set centrally to aid balance and posture. The toe also bends to ensure the wearer takes proper steps. To top it all, the styles are striking and progressive. Prices are about £150.
00 55 11 30 60 85 95
Jour & Nuit
Jour & Nuit, or night and day, offers two pairs of shoes for the price of one by letting shoppers mix and match the uppers onto one pair of soles. Perfect for occasionwear specialists, the brand has just signed with UK distributor Babulaque. Prices from £72 to £210.
020 7631 5333
All Black's contemporary collection uses a palette of subtle fruits of the forest shades. Lasts are directional with a European aesthetic, while cone heels and beaten-up pleated leather also feature. The most wearable looks include chunky Mary Janes in tilapia fish skin fabric. Topshop is among the UK retailers to have shown an interest in the brand, which is being sold out of the US but is made in Taiwan. Prices from £22 to £31.
00 1 203 629 3770
The debut collection from US label Oh...Deer! is a contemporary, eccentric mix of towering heels, T-bar Mary Janes and platforms in patent, metallics and suede panelling. The brand is set to launch in the UK and Europe next year. Prices from £45 to £100.
00 1 212 888 2424
Laid-back footwear brand Groove is poised to surf across the pond to the UK next year. Based in Orange County, California, the collection has a suitably sunny feel, with citrus tones and acid colours lighting up flip-flops, raffia wedges and citrus platforms. The brand also has a great grasp of the patent trend. Prices from £4 to £25.
00 1 714 897 9018
S&J by Satine
S&J, the private footwear label from Los Angeles boutique Satine, is now being offered to European buyers. The range features a tight line of vintage-inspired looks in neutral tones for autumn 07. Some of the brand's designs borrow from Christian Louboutin. Lace-up Oxford styles sit alongside women's brogues and waxy patent round-toed heels to make up a classy, wearable footwear offer. Prices from £35 to £65.
00 1 201 391 6166
US label Hollywould already supplies footwear to Harvey Nichols and has also done business with a number of top UK retail names, including Kurt Geiger and Harrods. Today the label is again vying for business on this side of the pond. Flat pumps in loud leopard print and mock croc-embellished patent make a confident statement. Prices from £48 to £250.
00 1 212 343 8344 www.ilovehollywould.com
US designer Nanette Lepore already has a London store and a few UK accounts following a relaunch of wholesale last season. Her latest range plays with masculine details on platforms and open-toe styles in distressed metallics. Prices from £63 to £110.
020 7428 5800