Not very long ago, in 2014, Malone Souliers was launched — a name every shoe aficionado has heard of. It is a brand that became swiftly popular for its quintessential feminine shoes. The creator and mastermind behind some of the cult-favorite designs from the House is the creative director and founder, Mary Alice Malone. Her desire to create led her to an art school in Colorado, where she engaged in the process of furniture designing, carpentry, and upholstery. Her talent finally found a place in the art of shoemaking, and she honed her skills at Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion, then continued to grow her craft at prominent ateliers before setting up her label in London.
The Malone Souliers Maureen is a style that has earned icon status and is one of the reasons why the Maison’s fanfare snowballed rapidly. The Maureen makes it to our Shoe Spotlight series because every woman loves a pair that is elegant and timeless.
Malone Souliers Maureen: Sophisticated, Sultry, and Sleek
Debuted in 2015, Malone Souliers Maureen is the first shoe launched by the brand and was an instant success. The artisanal techniques used in making the Maureen find expression in the shape of the shoe—driven by the use of innovation and age-old cordwainer’s craft.
The process is onset with hand-cutting the wave-like curves stitched together by expert seamstresses, then adding the trademark dual straps and the sweeping stiletto heels. The result is an unapologetically feminine silhouette that exudes grace and refinement. The Maureen celebrates the natural shape of the foot with its curvy arch that culminates to form pointed-toes. The twin arch straps that were first added to only support the feet are now the most recognizable element of the collection — framing the feet delicately adds a dainty note and makes them innately wearable. A pair can take up to a week to make and is approached by creative hands. One dedicated specialist is assigned for each procedure of cutting, stitching, mounting the heel, quality check, and finally assembling the final result in a box.
With unrivaled dexterity and fastidious attention to detail, the Maureen has garnered a loyal following; to name some stellar women who were spotted strolling in Maureen are Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, Sarah Hyland, Emilia Clarke, Anna Kendrick, and Rachel Brosnahan.
The easily discernible profile of Maureen comes in exuberant color palettes, the finest materials, and iterations; think flat mules, pumps, ballet flats, and high heels in buttery soft leather, suede, or satin.
Gaga Over Gingham
Fail-Proof Classics for the Win
Pristine White — For Bridal and Beyond
Ballets Flats — From Sunrise to Sunset
The footwear and the experience of wearing them — both should be beautiful, following this philosophy, the creation of every Maureen is steered by a love of form. Mary Alice Malone’s background in designing furniture and shoemaking continues to be a perpetual source of inspiration for the brand, carving an ethos that is undeniably refined and essentially minimal.