Last year, The Gap commissioned French shoe legend, Pierre Hardy, to create a line of shoes for the massive retailer. They were first released only to European locations, but just last week, the shoes became available to American shoppers. While Pierre Hardy may not carry as much name-recognition as Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik, he is one of the most influential and acclaimed shoe designers in the industry. He first garnered attention in 1988 with his work for Dior, and he has since designed for Balenciaga, Hermes, and his own line. You can view a slide show of Hardy's iconic, high-fashion work here.
Hardy's line for The Gap is priced significantly lower than what his shoes normally garner. So instead of shelling out several hundreds of dollars, you can nab a pair of exquisitely designed, Hardy shoes for $98 a pop. Currently there are four styles on sale, but rumor has it the store will continue to release other styles as time goes on. Of the current shoes, however, we adore these silvery Pointed Flats (pictured) because the toe elongates your leg while the mix of metallic and suede lend your footwear some serious visual interest. The Three Strap Platforms are also notable, because they're reminiscent of his more avant garde, couture designs. Take this opportunity to own some merchandise from one of the design greats, before the collection sells out!
Note: The Gap hasn't labeled Hardy's designs as such; rather, they are part of the store's "Design Editions" line.
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