2009 was undoubtedly the year of Balmain. Many of us would be surprised the French couturier dates back to the 1940s. Designer Christophe DeCarnin revived the fading brand, once known for elegant evening gowns worn by Katherine Hepburn and Sophia Loren to ultra-edgy studded jackets rocked by Beyonce and Rihanna.

Balmain partners with Giuseppe Zanotti pulling no punches for show-stopping statement shoes. We live for this “Mesh-Cuff” sandal ($1, 195). Featuring a sequin-like mesh on the front, open sides and Balmain’s spiked studded signature on the back, this shoe will make heads roll!

Wear with a sultry party dress or super skinny jeans.

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