Alterre Shoes

About the shoes:
Ever carry multiple pairs of shoes to work? Or struggle with packing only a couple of shoes that would match everything on your trip? We did. That’s why we created Alterre, an innovative line of modular shoes for the modern woman.

Being women ourselves, we know the best shoes are comfortable all day, versatile, and pack light. So we combined those traits with our patented technology (and a lot of insole padding) to create shoes you can interchange into over 500 combinations.
All of our shoes are designed in our New York Studio and made according to fair labor laws in Brazil. We donate 5% of the proceeds to the women's abuse shelter Restore NYC, so you get to do good while you look good.

About the founders:
Since we’re slowly becoming the same person and don't need separate bios, here's the long story short of how we both got into fashion. We both met at Parsons School of Design in New York, and although are backgrounds are in fashion design, they are slightly different. Harmony studied menswear and sustainability in fashion, and later worked at Coach doing trend research, as well as studying their vast collection of leather and becoming an expert in all things cowhide. Shilpa studied women’s evening wear, shoes design, and printmaking (at a short stint at Central St. Martins).

As wonder twins do, we combined our fashion expertise to make a shoe line that we wanted to appeal to all types of women, and that would be wearable for everyone. Basically, we love what we do and consider ourselves shoe-per heroes... our mission is to stop women from hobbling around the street in uncomfortable, unpractical shoes, so that they don't have to sacrifice comfort for style.

New York, NY

Shilpa Iyengar