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Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

French, 1935-2017

Master Couturier, King of Cling: legendary fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa (1935–2017) is known by many names, each referring to his unparalleled ability to mold fabric onto the female form in unexpected and radical ways. The Tunisian-born designer spent his entire life in relentless pursuit of a wholly distinctive and most-flattering fit.

“For me, fashion is the body,” said Alaïa. “I make clothes; women make fashion.”

Alaïa is credited with inventing the supermodel through his exclusive fashion shows, the body-con dress — which, quite literally, hugs the body and emphasizes and embraces every curve — and pioneering what industry professionals have taken to calling “slow fashion.” The designer openly rejected empty, of-the-moment fads as well as the structure of biannual seasons and instead took his time, unhurried by press and releasing collections at his own pace. Most importantly, Alaïa was a visionary when it came to traditional notions of femininity and sexuality. At a time when loose, soft silhouettes were the norm, Alaïa’s sexy, waist-cinching hourglass and body-con outfits were shocking.

Alaïa’s “body-conscious clothes,” wrote fashion critic Suzy Menkes, “seemed a deliberate challenge — throwing down a sexist gauntlet in a feminist world.”

While powerful women such as Madonna, Michelle Obama, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington wear Alaïa’s creations today, his origins were remarkably humble.

Born to a farming family, Alaïa always had a creative streak. As a young boy, he would flip through women’s fashion magazines and quickly became interested in the design of women's clothing. He went on to study sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis and later worked as a tailor for a dressmaker before he found work creating garments based on Parisian haute couture designs. The combination of his classical training in sculpture and practical experience as a tailor convinced Alaïa that fashion was his calling. In 1957, he moved to Paris and worked for Christian Dior for less than a week before being fired. From there, Alaïa secured a job with Guy Laroche and opened his own maison in the 1970s.

At his core, Alaïa was a couturier who cut and sewed his samples himself. He also experimented with zips, seams, unexpected materials, textures, animal prints and floral patterns like an artist. Today, Alaïa’s clothes look untouched by the passage of time and the various trends that have materialized since their debut; they are as fresh, stylish and stunning as ever. His garments are pop-culture icons in their own right: Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone in 1995’s Clueless, exasperated with a perpetrator holding her at gunpoint, declares, “But this is an Alaïa!”

Vintage Alaïa evening dresses, skirts and other attire continue to influence contemporary designers such as Nicolas Ghesquière and Hervé Léger. Not only are his clothes timeless in their glamour, but they also represent the groundbreaking vision of an artist, one who was known to proclaim, “I am not a designer. I am a couturier.”

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Designer: Azzedine Alaïa
Alaïa metallic open toe sandle and ankle strap
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Toronto, CA
Elevate your footwear collection with the chic and stylish Alaïa Metallic Stripe Woven Open Toe Sandals. Perfect for any occasion, these sandals combine exquisite craftsmanship with ...
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2010s Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaïa beige open toe widen platfrom sandle
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Toronto, CA
Step into elegance with these Alaïa Beige Leather Open Toe Sandals, designed to provide a perfect blend of style and comfort. These sandals are a stunning addition to any wardrobe, i...
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2010s Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaïa Vienne Ballet shoes flats EU41 Black leather lace
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in PARIS, FR
Alaïa ballerinas in smooth black openwork leather in a Vienna style pattern. Size EU41, insole 26.4 cm. The ballet flats have been worn and resoled but they seem perfectly new, lovel...
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2010s Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Sneakers EU41 White Leather Stiches New
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in PARIS, FR
Alaïa sneakers in white leather, edges and inserts interwoven with white leather, 5-hole lace closure. Size EU41 or UK7 US9.5, insole 26.4 cm. The sneakers are perfectly new, deliver...
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2010s French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

1990's AZZEDINE ALAIA green suede ankle boots
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Green suede stiletto ankle boots with almond shaped toe from Azzedine Alaia dating to the 1990's. Size 40 (approximately fits a modern US 9-9.5). Inside zips. Composed entirely of le...
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Late 20th Century French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

1990's AZZEDINE ALAIA black suede ankle boots
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Black suede stiletto ankle boots with almond shaped toe from Alaia dating to the early 1990's. French Size 40 (US 9-9.5). Made in France. Composed entirely of leather. Interior zip c...
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Late 20th Century Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

NEW! Alaia Black Suede Gold Cut Out Gladiator Evening Sandals Heels in Box
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Chicago, IL
NEW! Alaia New Black Suede Gold Cut Out Gladiator Evening Sandals Heels in Box Size IT 36 Suede Leather Zipper and tie closures Made in Italy Heel height 4.5" Includes original...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Black Alaia Pointed-Toe Mid-Calf Boots Size 39
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in New York, NY
Black leather pointed-toe mid-calf heeled boots by Alaia. Brogue detailing throughout. Zip closures at inner sides. 5" shaft height, 5" heel height. Designer Size: 39 US Recommende...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Black “Bottines” slingback heels - Size 37.5
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Alaia Black “Bottines” slingback heels - Size 37.5. The description is: 4.5” heel height Double strap with adjustable buckle Perforated leather looking like lace Multi size silver me...
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2010s Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaïa Paris "CALZATURE" Donna Wedge in Snakeskin
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Make a statement with these beautiful Alaïa Paris " Calzature" Donna Platform Wedges in a multi-color snakeskin. Wedge wraps around the ankle, Sz 38 1/2 These shoes come with their ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Logo Print Ballerina Flats 2000S
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a pair of vintage Azzedine Alaia off white woven ballet flats with "ALAIA" logo print, and leather bottoms. Azzedine Alaia Paris Size 40 ...
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Early 2000s French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Paris Leather and Wood Platform Wedge Sandals, Size 40
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
- Brown leather - Open Toe - Wood platform - Slingback - Made in Italy - Brand new, never worn
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Late 20th Century French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Black Suede Lace-up Corset Booties- '20s
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Milano, IT
Exquisitely crafted in black suede, the Alaïa Lace-up Corset Booties are your winter essentials. With triangular eyelets enhancing the chicness of the booties, the gunmetal chain clo...
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2010s European Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Laser Cut Leather Platform Heels
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Laser cut leather platform heels Made in Italy Black and white laser cut leather straps Circular cut-out detail throughout Criss-cross, rounded to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Over Knee Studded Boots size 36
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Brossard, QC
Crafted in Italy, Alaïa's black suede pair is backed in a stretch fabric for the perfect streamlined fit. The comfortable elasticated top ensures they stay in place all day. Soft lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Studded Leather Ankle Boots size 38
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Brossard, QC
Alaia Scalloped Accent Boots Soft leather boots with metal applications. Solid color Narrow toe line Stiletto heel Heel height: 4.25" Composition: 100% Goat Leather Lining: Leather S...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Over Knee Studded Flat Boots size 36
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Brossard, QC
Crafted in Italy, Alaïa's black leather pair is backed in a stretch fabric for the perfect streamlined fit. Metal applications. Solid color Narrow round toe line Composition: 100% Go...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Studded Leather Ankle Boots size 36
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Brossard, QC
Alaia Scalloped Accent Boots Soft leather boots with metal applications. Solid color Narrow toe line Stiletto heel Heel height: 4.25" Composition: 100% Goat Leather Lining: Leather S...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Over Knee Studded Flat Boots size 39
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Brossard, QC
Crafted in Italy, Alaïa's black leather pair is backed in a stretch fabric for the perfect streamlined fit. Metal applications. Solid color Narrow round toe line Composition: 100% Go...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

UNWORN Alaia Black Suede Ruffle Platform Ankle Sandals High Heels 38
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Switzerland, CH
An AZZEDINE ALAIA classic signature piece that will last you for years This gorgeous pair of heels are made out of finest black suede with ruffle cut-out details at ankles Zipper clo...
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2010s Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

UNWORN Alaia Exotic Snake Skin High Heel Wedges Sandals 38 8
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Switzerland, CH
An AZZEDINE ALAIA classic signature piece that will last you for years This gorgeous pair of wedges made out of finest exotic skin Closure discreetly engraved with "ALAIA" Size EU 38...
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2010s Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia black suede ankle boots
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Carnate, IT
Alaia ankle boot. In black suede. Featuring small studs as bright application. Perfect for festive time! Number 36 Italian. Heels measure 13 cm. Condi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Shoes Snakeskin Pointed Toe Pumps w Black Trim w Original Box & Dust Bags
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Portland, OR
These Alaïa snakeskin pumps are in a beautiful cream color with brown suede leather heels and trim. The style number for these shoes is: AAP434-6PT Tejus 80mm Pump. These shoes come ...
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Early 2000s French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

ALAIA Lace Up Dark Green High Heel Size 39
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Thousand Oaks, CA
This ALAÏA heels are stunning! -Lace-up style -Made of dark green leather. -Size 39 or 8.5 US -Great condition.
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

UNWORN Alaia Black Suede Platform Lace Up Boots Booties High Heels 37.5
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Switzerland, CH
An AZZEDINE ALAIA classic signature piece that will last you for years This gorgeous pair of booties are made out of finest black suede with lace up details at ankles Size 37.5 Made ...
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2010s Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

ALAIA White Gladiator Sandals Size 7
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Thousand Oaks, CA
Amazing Alaia White Studded Gladiator Sandals. So chic for resort wear or everyday summer attire. Size 7. Great condition. They show some signs of ...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Nude Mary-jane Pumps Size 40.5
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Thousand Oaks, CA
Alaia Classic Nude Mary-Jane Pumps. Cross Strap around Ankle Mint Condition No signs of wear Size 40.5
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2010s French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Azzedine Alaia Patterned Platform Sandals Size 37.5
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Port Hope, ON
These platform sandals are made of coated canvas with suede trim, and the print is a delicate paisley. As with most Alaia footwear there is a surprise design element, and in this ...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

1980's AZZEDINE ALAIA woven purple leather heels with ankle straps - new
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Purple, woven leather heels with ankle straps designed by Azzedine Alaia dating to the 1980's. French size 41. Insoles measure approximately: 10.75" long by 3.33" wide with 4" heels....
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1980s French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Black Plaform Cutout Snakeskin Heel - 40
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Alaia Black Plaform Cutout Snakeskin Heel - 40 These Alaia heels are in very good condition with noticeable wear on bottom. These are snakeskin cutout p...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

ALAIA Grey Suede Studded Booties Size 39
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Thousand Oaks, CA
These pair of ALAIA heels are the perfect winter shoes! Made with grey suede and an intricate studded design. Would look great with any casual daytime loo...
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2010s Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

ALAIA black and creme suede ankle boots
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Sexy and fun Alaia suede ankle booties. size 39. Worn once. Note: see red marks on the side heels **ALL SALES IS FINAL
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21st Century and Contemporary French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia White Leather Perforated Brogue Oxford Shoes 80S-90S
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a pair of vintage Azzedine Alaia white leather perforated shoes featuring diamond metal grommets and leather laces. Azzedine Alaia Paris Fo...
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1990s French Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Alaia Red & Black Snake Skin Pointed Toe Pumps - 41
By Azzedine Alaïa
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Alaia Red & Black Snake Skin Pointed Toe Pumps - 41. These uniquely beautiful pumps are in good condition with some noticeable wear on the heel and soles. These pumps features ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Azzedine Alaïa Shoes

Azzedine Alaïa shoes for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Azzedine Alaïa shoes available on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Yves Saint Laurent, Roger Vivier, and Versace appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Azzedine Alaïa shoes from top boutiques around the world. Azzedine Alaïa shoes prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $302 and tops out at $3,500, while the average work can sell for $595.
Questions About Azzedine Alaïa Shoes
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    Azzedine Alaia, a French fashion designer known as the “King of Cling,” is known for his body-hugging designs that were sculpted to celebrate the female form. On 1stDibs, find a variety of dresses from Azzedine Alaia.

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