Penelope Chilvers – British designer shoes
Born and raised in England, Penelope Chilvers is globally recognised as one of the best British shoe designers of the new millennium. Having deep connections with the beautiful country of Spain, she pursued the idea of bringing the Spanish Riding boot to England, unearthing a small number of traditional artisans in the hills of Spain and commissioned them to make the perfect equestrian boot, to her own specifications, that is still a firm staple in her collection. This boot has received extensive attention since it was worn by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Many celebrities around the world enjoy Penelope’s creations today.
Chilvers is recognised as a specialist for her Dandy slipper, made to the most exacting standards on the market. Her bespoke service, and its design led offer, is unique in every way. So named the Dandy because of its flamboyant feel, and inspired by the decadent 70s aesthetes who fled to North Africa to absorb themselves in the lavish and beautiful things that they discovered there, now available for men and women.
For summer, Penelope Chilvers’ staple is a collection of authentically made leather espadrilles incorporating the traditional Catalan methods of espadrille making using natural jute and hand-sewn construction. The offer has grown to include handmade leather sandals, sneakers encompassing other traditional methods of construction with her Spanish factories.
Her collections are distributed worldwide to leading fashion stores, online boutiques and established country lifestyle stores.