During his travels to Alicante, Julien Martinez discovered local artisans hand-braiding leather. Martinez was instantly drawn to the appearance of this technique, and the skill inspired him to later launch his own label using the same methods. In 2017, Souliers Martinez, a luxury women’s footwear label, was established, and the Spanish brand continues to use traditional handcrafted methods throughout their designs. Artisans in Alicante utilise age-honoured Spanish hand-lacing techniques to produce an elegant and distinctive finish which has become signature to the brand.
With Spain and France both very important places to Julien Martinez, the designer looks to illustrate these influences in his designs. His Spanish heritage is honoured through the rich warm tones found throughout collections, which are reminiscent of beautiful Mediterranean landscapes, while the classic shapes featured by Souliers Martinez are inspired by the styles his grandmother would wear. A French touch is added through the effortlessly chic appeal that Souliers Martinez shoes embody, and the minimal aesthetic that they always utilise.
Taking an elegant and understated approach, Souliers Martinez shoes are sophisticated, instilled with a bohemian edge. Their warm colours and bold shapes are met with simple details such as flared heels and bold platforms. The beautiful laced structure of the shoes are the focal point of every design, across delicate heels, leather knot sliders and chunky heeled sandals. Modern yet timeless, Souliers Martinez luxurious shoes are sure to be adored for years to come.
Collections from Souliers Martinez can be found online, through the label’s website and via My Theresa and Net-a-Porter.