The Italian-born designer cut his shoemaking teeth at Miu Miu and Ysl—where he created some of the brand’s most iconic designs—before joining Sergio Rossi as creative director in 2008. His passion for ultra-feminine shoes can, however, be traced back to childhood. “I was looking at my mother and my sisters getting dressed. As soon as they wore heels, they immediately turned into magnificent creatures,” he says. In 2013, the Parisbased designer took the brave step of launching his eponymous label of timeless creations. Russo is a traditionalist in his approach. All his shoes are bespoke and he eschews the concept of collections, focusing instead on just a few classic shapes. He is fond of the 1960s “when big names like Ferragamo and Roger Vivier were creating one-of-akind shoes and mass manufacturing didn’t exist.” Russo’s fascination with shoes centres on the impact they have on the wearer’s deportment. “They really affect how a body moves. My goal is to elongate a woman’s legs and make her walk lighter on her feet. I want her to wear my shoes and enjoy herself, not lean against a wall in pain.” Sexy, bespoke and comfortable? Sign us up.