Lidia Talavera: Revolutionizing Fashion Through Gender and Size Inclusivity

Lidia Talavera has redefined the norms of the industry by offering high heels in both women's and men's shoe sizes. In this article, HBZVN had a chat with shoe designer Lidia Talavera, delving into her unique concept, the motivation behind it, and her vision for a future where fashion knows no boundaries.

Harper’s Bazaar (HBZVN): What sets Lidia Talavera apart in the world of fashion?

LIDIA TALAVERA: My brand represents a groundbreaking line of shoes that has redefined the norms of the industry. We proudly embody the values of gender inclusivity, size inclusivity, and customization. Our mission is rooted in the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to express themselves authentically, and what better way to achieve this than through a meticulously crafted pair of shoes that transcend traditional boundaries?

Regardless of your gender or size, Lidia Talavera offers an unparalleled opportunity to showcase your unique style, making a bold statement of self-expression and individuality. We’re proud to stand at the forefront of a fashion revolution, where inclusivity and personal empowerment thrive, putting your best foot forward, no matter the size.

HBZVN: How did you conceive the concept of offering high heels in both women’s and men’s shoe sizes?

LIDIA TALAVERA: The inspiration behind our decision to introduce high heels in both women’s and men’s shoe sizes emerged from a place of necessity and passion for exquisite footwear. As someone who wears a size 4 US women’s shoe, I personally encountered endless challenges in finding high heels that fit perfectly. Realizing that I couldn’t be alone in this struggle, I recognized a shared longing among countless individuals who, like me, adore shoes but face similar obstacles.

Our brand is dedicated to providing an extensive collection of stunning shoes that transcends traditional gender boundaries, ensuring that every shoe lover can revel in the beauty of our designs, regardless of their gender or shoe size.

HBZVN: What does it mean for your brand to be gender-inclusive and size-inclusive?

LIDIA TALAVERA: Being gender-inclusive and size-inclusive lies at the heart of our brand’s ethos. We take immense pride in being pioneers, breaking barriers by offering what were traditionally perceived as ‘women’s shoes’ in men’s shoe sizes. By ingeniously transforming men’s shoe molds into stunning high heels, we’ve shattered the conventional norms of the industry.

It’s important to note that men’s and women’s shoe sizes differ significantly, with men’s shoes typically featuring a wider fit, even when going up a size or two. Understanding this distinction, we’ve taken precise measures to ensure that our gender-inclusive footwear caters to all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or shoe size.

We craft high heels in men’s shoe size 7-15 US.

When it comes to women’s sizes, we go above and beyond by providing sought-after sizes 4 – 13 US, ensuring that individuals with unique foot measurements can find their perfect fit.

Our commitment to inclusivity extends further with our availability of Medium, Wide, and Extra Wide widths, catering to diverse foot shapes and providing unparalleled comfort. We believe that everyone deserves to experience the joy of wearing our exceptional footwear, regardless of their size or width requirements.

HBZVN: What motivated and influenced your journey to become a shoe designer, particularly focusing on high heels?

LIDIA TALAVERA: My inspiration stems from a deep desire to feel a sense of normalcy and acceptance, coupled with my undeniable passion for shoes (and a bit of humor too!).

Throughout my life, I’ve often felt like an outcast, confronted with the challenge of finding shoes that truly fit me. The experience of going to shoe stores and rarely finding my size left me feeling awkward and different. It was this longing to feel like an equal participant in the world of fashion that initially sparked my journey as a shoe designer. Moreover, my profound love for shoes played a significant role in fueling my determination.

Today, I’m elated to say that I can indulge in any shoe style my heart desires, thanks to the path I’ve chosen. Embracing my unique experiences has allowed me to craft stunning high heels that empower others to feel confident, beautiful, and fully embraced within the realm of fashion.

HBZVN: How do you envision the future evolution of high heels, encompassing both women and men?

LIDIA TALAVERA: In my perspective, the future evolution of high heels transcends the shoe industry and extends to the broader landscape of fashion. It is imperative for the world of fashion to take the lead in fostering inclusivity.

Fashion holds incredible power and has shaped societal norms and cultures for centuries. I strongly believe that we need to embark on a transformative journey in fashion, moving away from gender-based language and embracing a new paradigm. Imagine a future where individuals can effortlessly purchase dresses, pants, or shoes based solely on their personal size, without being constrained by traditional gender norms. Everyone can freely express their individuality, unbound by gender stereotypes.

It’s time for fashion to embark on this progressive path and create a future where self-expression knows no boundaries.

HBZVN: What exciting ventures lie ahead for Lidia Talavera?

LIDIA TALAVERA: The world eagerly awaits our next steps. While we are currently shipping to the US, Canada, and Mexico, we have ambitious plans to expand our presence and showcase our extraordinary shoes in Europe and Asia.

At Lidia Talavera, we are not simply following trends; we are setting them. Our passion for revolutionizing the fashion industry and our commitment to inclusivity will continue to guide us as we forge ahead. Stay tuned for our remarkable journey ahead, as we embark on new horizons, captivate new audiences, and leave an indelible mark on the world of fashion.

Team credits:

Shoe Designer / Brand: LIDIA TALAVERA
Photography: Reinhardt Kenneth @reinhardtkenneth.
Producer: Diana Lechon.
Production: Elektra Models @elektramodels.
Models: Jack Mayer @withlovefromjack, Breiona Walton @breionawalton,
Star Tsai @startsai_, Daniel Taylor @daniel.iso, Phillip @coveneyinc.

Make Up: Rachelle Frost @rachellcfrost & Star Tsai @startsai_makeup.
Lighting Director: Matt Mendoza
Photographer’s Assistant: Lyana Sok @lyanasok.
Grip: Arturo Gomez-Ybañez @artithedreamer.

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