The Designer

Alexis Isabel

For Alexis Isabel, her guiding philosophy has always been to prioritize shoes as the centerpiece of any outfit.

Her passion for shoe design began while a student at Sarah Lawrence College. After completing her studies, creative stints at Schwartz & Benjamin and Sigerson Morrison soon followed. Wanting to hone her skills and the art of harmonizing form, function, and beauty, Alexis enrolled at Domus Academy in Milan. After receiving early accolades from the industry, including those garnered from a collaborative project with the archival works of Gianfranco Ferré, Alexis’s desire to create shoes under her own name was wholly solidified.

Produced in Italy by master artisans, the Alexis Isabel collection is the personification of “otherworldliness.” With a focus on elegant footwear, Alexis imbues each shoe with resplendence and soul. She divides her time between New York and Milan, where she develops each shoe with a special attention to detail and is often found working alongside the artisans that make her designs come to life. Jewelry motifs and her Filipino cultural heritage often serve as inspirations for her work.

Alexis has been featured as one of Footwear News’s Emerging Designers to Watch, and is a 2018 CFDA + Elaine Gold Launch Pad Award winner, and a 2023 Accessories Council Design Excellence Awards finalist.