WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
A new name to know from Italy for the ultimate summer wedges.
Extraordinary wedges and embellished cork sandals are signature styles for Haus of Honey. Images courtesy of @hausofhoneyclub.
During a season when the shoe world can’t get enough of platforms, up-and-coming Italian label Haus of Honey is the new name to put on your radar and add to your feed.
The brand is the brainchild of Stefano Miele – his surname means honey in Italian, hence the label’s playful name – who worked for Italian stalwarts like Prada, Miu Miu, and Moschino before founding his own company two years ago.
But the biggest education in shoes for Miele was the time he spent as a child at his grandmother’s footwear boutique in Gaeta – a seaside resort between Naples and Rome – observing the women coming in to shop and letting his imagination run loose when looking at all the vibrant shoe designs on the shop floor. He was particularly drawn to the wedge sandals, the footwear of choice for many stylish women on their Italian vacations, so he has now turned wedges into the ultimate Haus of Honey signature.
They come in all shapes and forms: chunky wedge sandals featuring transparent straps and crystal embellishments; mules in chic croc-effect leather or graphic patterns; and flatform styles featuring heavy embellishment and lace-up straps.
His inspirations range far and wide from Bauhaus to Salvatore Ferragamo’s famous wedge designs from the 1940s, but ultimately the overarching themes in every single Haus of Honey design are optimism and a sense of humour. You can’t help but smile when looking at the bright pops of candy colours, the large crystals, or cartoon logo on the quirky wedges.
The quality is top-notch too, with the shoes being handcrafted in Miele’s home of Italy using Tuscan cork. In the spirit of inclusivity they are also available in a wide size range to ensure that anyone, no matter of their gender, can wear the shoes.
Price ranges from 600 euros to 1,900 for the more elaborate, crystal-encrusted styles. They are available to shop at the brand’s own website, as well as renown stores like Farfetch, 24s and Luisaviaroma. You can also discover them at 10 Corso Como in Milan and Level Shoes in the United Arab Emirates.
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