Designers To Watch: Isa Tapia

Isa Tapia

“Part of me wants to be a practical person, and then the other part is the crazy side of me.” – Isa Tapia

Launched in 2010, Isa Tapia‘s shoewear line certainly represents the gemini-like split of her personality.  From a basic ballet flat and sparingly embellished thong sandal to intricately cut, brightly colored tie back suede heels and thigh high blue velvet boots – Tapia fulfills your need for basic staples while pleasing  your inner fashionista all at once.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Isa Tapia was groomed for the role of shoe designer.  Having graduated from the Parson’s School of Design, she then went on to work for legends Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta.  From there she spent time in Italy learning the ins and outs of shoemaking, followed by serving three years as the design director for Ann Taylor’s accessory lines.  These combined experiences have allowed her the ability to create stand-out footwear collections that are now featured in major women’s fashion magazines like Vogue, W and Harper’s Bazaar while taking presence on shelves in Saks, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodmans.

No matter what you’re searching for, there’s no doubt Isa has something eye-catching to add to your collection.  Seeking compelling prints or textures?  There’s cowshide died in leopard prints along with snakeskin color blocked and topstitched upon leather that’s then jaggedly cut to look like feathers wrapped around your ankle.  Maybe embellishments are more your style.  How about laced up and brightly hand embroidered ankle boots showing rainbow colored birds and florals, while pumps, flats, kitten heels and boots are decked out in everything from pearls and studs to chains and buckles.

As each season comes and goes, we’re happy to report the brand continues to grow – continually providing us consumers with elaborate works of art to be donned on our feet.  In fact, it’s Isa’s ability to seamlessly create these collections that delicately balance the kind of artful detail that is required by haute couture designs while remaining wearable and conventional that makes this line the perfect one-stop-shop for any woman’s shoe addiction.


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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m