The Six: Fashionable footwear from the Middle East

Flatter your feet with these footwear brands. (Shutterstock)
Updated 22 October 2018

The Six: Fashionable footwear from the Middle East

DUBAI: Whether you’re into heels or high tops, these Middle Eastern shoe brands will have something unique to flatter your feet.

Andrea Wazen
Andrea Wazen is a Lebanese shoe designer who creates high quality, handmade footwear for women in Beirut. She just designed her own wedding shoes — white platforms with a slinky strap at the ankle.

Poise Design
Founded by Emma Boutros in Lebanon in 2010, Poise Design creates custom-made footwear for discerning clients.

Nora Aytch
US-Lebanese shoe designer Nora Habbal is the face behind the London-based brand, which is sold in high-end department stores around the world.

Amina Muaddi
Amina Muaddi, a Jordanian-Romanian designer, dreams up her creations in Paris before they are produced in Italy.

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These boots bring all the boys to the yard

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Sultan Al-Darmaki is an Emirati shoe designer known for his elegant yet bold styles. The brand has become a staple in many department stores across the world and is known for its signature origami-style heel.

Darmaki design shoes with staple origami heel. (Darmaki supplied)

Katrine Hanna
Born to an Australian mother and a Lebanese father and raised in Dubai, Hanna launched her eponymous brand in 2017. Her designs are inspired by the concept of combining the surreal with the real.

Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz suffered ‘brain hemorrhage’ in Beirut explosion 

Updated 10 August 2020

Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz suffered ‘brain hemorrhage’ in Beirut explosion 

DUBAI: Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz, founder of the label Maison Rabih Kayrouz, revealed on Sunday that he was seriously injured in the massive explosion ripped through Beirut on Aug. 4, killing over 135 and injuring thousands.

“I am recovering slowly but surely from a small brain hemorrhage (an escape of blood from a ruptured blood vessel), two clots and 22 stitches,” he wrote to his 62,300 followers on Instagram captioning a black-and-white image of himself with a bandage on the side of his forehead. 

“As with you all, I am still trying to absorb the shock of this horrid calamity. Your thousand messages and prayers warmed my heart ... gave me strength to go on …,” he said before adding:  “I am in great care yet unable to answer any calls or messages at the moment.” 

Kayrouz, whose destroyed atelier is less than 900 meters from the site of the blast, concluded his emotional message saying: “Words are not enough. We will not forget. We will judge. We will rebuild... And we will dance!” 

Following the devastating event, which has left thousands homeless, angered protester took to the demolished streets of the shattered capital city to protest against Lebanon’s leaders.


Waiting for tomorrow !!!! @rabih_kayrouz photo @y @rogermoukarzel #pfw #maisonrabihkayrouz #rabihisalwaysagoodidea

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During the protests, authorities were allegedly firing at the demonstrators who were demanding justice for the lives lost due to government negligence. 

A number of other celebrity-loved designers’ ateliers and headquarters have also been demolished, including Zuhair Murad, Andrea Wazen, Azzi & Osta, Nicolas Jebran and more.