Nobody understands the importance of quality and comfortable footwear quite like Tiffany Tuttle does. Before honing her fashion chops in Paris at Givenchy under Alexander McQueen, the founder of Los Angeles-based footwear label LD Tuttle traveled the world as a professional ballet dancer. As such, Tiffany (who also has Princeton grad on her resume), has a discerning knowledge of the factors that make up a really good shoe — that’s why each pair is crafted from buttery soft leathers in Italy, with a malleable shape and movement in mind. Plus, her visionary and fashion-forward POV makes her easy-to-wear silhouettes feel just as cutting edge as they are classic.
With LD Tuttle celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, Tiffany designed a special capsule collection for the milestone that honors the label’s traditions while showcasing its evolution. We caught up with her to get the inside scoop on the company’s past, present and future.
HOW DID YOUR BACKGROUND IN BALLET INFLUENCE THE WAY YOU APPROACH FOOTWEAR DESIGN? Movement is a huge part of my approach to design. I want the shoes to have a sense of movement on their own and it is very important to me that they work with the wearer’s ability to move! I think that I went into footwear design because of background as a dancer. I spent years looking at legs and feet so I definitely have a sort of fascination with them and a desire to work with that part of the body.