Julia Toledano’s shoes and boots make for a bold statement. Fuelled by a love for multi-artistic mediums, her brand, Nodaleto, emerged as a creative label that goes beyond shoes – a gentle exuberance inspired by the iconography and architecture of the 70s.
“Nodaleto is the result of what I am, the aesthetic I like, what I was dreaming of wearing as a shoe addict,” explained Toledano in an interview with Flaunt. “My family heritage inspired the brand itself in a global aspect. Andalusia inspired the color of the brand, Tangerine, which I used in patent leather in my collection… between red and orange, love and happiness. For the minimalism aspect of the shoes, I like quality fabrics and architectural lines.”
The result has taken the fashion world by storm, with her shoes being the talk of the town, and one of the most noticed brands of Paris FW19 fashion week. “I’ve wanted to start a shoe brand for a long time,” she admitted. “Actually, it was my childhood dream! During my childhood, I was designing for myself only and didn’t go to a fashion school.”
After initially going to law school in Paris and receiving a master’s in fashion journalism, the idea of starting her own brand became a sort of obsession. “So I start doing some research of what I wanted… the name, the aesthetic, the line, etc…” she recalled. “And then decided to go to London College of Fashion to take classes on technical shoe aspects. I went to Italy to visit factories, then came back to Paris and started one year ago– the beginning of everything.”
It might have been the beginning, but the best was yet to come. Take a look at some of her original designs in the gallery below: