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6 Emerging Footwear Design Talents

FN unveils the top new names to know in the high-end women's market.

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Conspiracy
Designer: Gianluca Tamburini

Age: 35
Debut: Spring '11
Price: $700 to $5,000
Look: "Conspiracy stilettos are assembled on aeronautical aluminum insoles with customizable heels for an authentic sculptural effect. [They are] avant-garde, sophisticated and technological."
Background: Tamburini studied economics and earned a master's degree in fashion marketing before pursuing footwear design at Polimoda in Florence in 2007. He was the recipient earlier this year of the prestigious "Who's On Next" award sponsored by AltaRoma and Vogue Italia.
Signatures: "Groundbreaking materials and technologies that borrow from Formula 1 and aeronautics, such as aluminum with carbon fiber laces and titanium screws [to switch out heels]."
On spring: "[The collection looks at] nature and its elements, organic shapes and materials.
Inspiration: [I was inspired by] the flowing of natural evolution and the rhythmic advance of technology that moves forward."
Home base: Modena, Italy
Retailers: Summit Club, Beijing; Tikhvin Clubhouse, Ekatirenburg, Russia; Alatir Trade Centre, Ekatirenburg, Russia; by request from the designer

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