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Melissa

Melissa gold karim rashid cut out wedgeMelissa ShoesMelissa is a footwear brand from Brazil. According to the Melissa website, Melissa designs are not shoes, they are fashion accessories. Melissa shoes have been in existence for 25 years now, exporting over Melissa blue joy lace up rubber brogue50 million shoes to 80 different countries across the world. Melissa Melissa black flock ashanti shoe boottransforms plastic spheres into objects of desire.

Melissa employs several different designers to create their shoe collections.

One such designer is a lady called Zaha Hadid. She was the first woman laureate of the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 2004. She is recognised today as an industry icon. World wide recognition has been obtained by Melissa's brave creative interpretation of multiethnic styles.

Other designers of Melissa shoes include Fernando and Humberto Campana, who say that "Fashion and Design are Art. They enclose different cultural manifestations and tell the story of our time. They are simply everything".

Melissa Joe Maskrey Lace Up Swarovski Rubber BroguesCelebrated British fashion designer Judy Blame also designs for Melissa. His first collection, in 2005, was a great success. Judy is also part of the Louis Vuitton fashion design team.

The current collection of Melissa shoes has rubber brogues, amazing wedges and some stylish shoe boots. My particular favourite are the brogues embellished with swarovkski crystals (see above left). They were designed by J Marksey, a renowned jewellery designer. Her touch of sparkle has put these brogues bang on trend, her inspiration was taken from a starry night sky.

Vivienne Westwood Melissa Skyscraper Glitter HeelsWhere can I buy Melissa shoes, shoe boots, wedges and brogues online?

Both Nonnon and Mel Shoes are UK based but offer free worldwide shipping.

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