An accomplished Silicon Valley executive with a love of fashion, Erika identified a gap in the luxury shoe market when she couldn’t find shoes that were both stylish and comfortable. As CFO for leading software companies, she traveled frequently, and ran from board meetings during the day to dinner with her team after work. Like many women, she sought feminine footwear crafted for fit and comfort to keep pace with her dynamic lifestyle, yet found that most luxury brands did not design for wearability.
Convinced a better solution was possible, Erika leveraged her business background to tackle the challenge of creating a beautiful high heel that could keep a woman comfortable on her feet all day. After traveling to Milan to study shoe construction at the prestigious Arsutoria school, Erika connected with master artisans and a family-owned heritage Italian factory. Combining generations of expertise in luxury craftsmanship with the input of podiatrists, the team dedicated themselves to engineering the signature Plush Contour Insole and the debut collection. A year later, Elizée was born.
Elizée is deeply personal to Erika: each design is an homage to the strength, accomplishments and style of the fashionable women in her family.
Elizée is committed to slow, sustainable fashion, with an emphasis on lasting value. Combining timeless design with the finest quality materials and impeccable craftsmanship, we create limited numbers of heirloom-quality shoes, made to be cherished for a lifetime.
Our exquisite leathers are sourced exclusively from Italian tanneries that receive the highest grade from Italy’s Institute of Quality Certification (ICEC), whereby the material is a by-product of the food industry from sustainable European farms, and the tanneries’ production and labor practices are held to the highest standard of social and environmental responsibility.
Each pair is lovingly handmade in a single family-owned factory in Italy, whose expert artisans have been crafting the highest quality luxury Italian shoes for generations. Every Elizée shoe reflects their integrity, passion, and superior attention to quality and fit.