Step into Spring at Artichoke with Vanessa Wu

Step into Spring at Artichoke with Vanessa Wu

Vanessa Wu, designer for the eponymous brand, has a deeply-rooted respect for comfort. After developing a foot problem while she was growing up, she always needs to choose her footwear with certain set criteria in mind. Faced with a very limited choice once she’d made comfort her absolute priority, Vanessa was already sketching out her future vocation, without even realizing it.

A burgeoning creative streak blossomed while at Lanvin, where Vanessa started out as an assistant product manager, finding out about every angle of an industry that she was passionate about, and learning to master many different aspects. She later went back home to be with her family, who were skilled in shoe sales. It was meant to be a temporary move, but proved to be a revelation.

Motivated by strong values which have helped to enrich her career, she went on to make these principles central to her identity: firstly, a desire to help women, which has driven her to imagine innovative solutions, with technology and craftsmanship at the service of women’s well-being, but, also, a self-confidence that boosts her customers, giving them the key to live their everyday heroine lives, while in their stylish boots or sneakers, of course.

Why Vanessa Wu at Artichoke?

We have for a while been looking for a brand that is as easy on the eye as they are on your feet. A shoe that is comfortable yet stylish but wont break the bank! As orthotic woman this has been the holy grail for Sarah who has since slipping a couple of disks in her mid forties has always had to wear an insert in shoes that don’t completely support her feet & point blank refuses to even contemplate ‘old ladies shoes’.

Vanessa Wu ticks a lot of the comfort required by an ‘old lady shoe’ – the velcro styles will fit a fairly wide foot & a high instep, are easy to put on & off but look FABULOUS. This years flatform sandal offers support & comfort as it has a cushioned sole & the laced trainers give security for a narrow foot. All the trainers & sneakers enable Sarah to wear her orthotic, meaning that she can look good whilst standing without any discomfort all day on the shop floor.

Her favourites this season are:


Black Jacquard Flatform Sandals £65

Our Black Jacquard Flatform Sandals from Vanessa Wu tick all the boxes. On trend, comfortable & stylish, they have chevron patterns & are mounted on a thick, ribbed, tone on tone sole. Round toe, adjustable ankle strap and silver buckle closure.






Python Flatform Tennis Shoes £69

Superb flatforms in a faux python metallic with three silver velcro straps, our Python Flatform Tennis Shoes from Vanessa Wu have a 4 cm high white platform sole at the heel, the famous lightning flash & metallic orange detailing at the heel.





Camel & Gold Sneakers with Side Stripe £69

These gorgeous sneakers from Vanessa Wu have a beige tweed effect  & are decorated in gold and black faux leather, camel suedette and beige mesh. The have a round toe, white laces & a camel and white striped sole detail.






PS: As you can see from the interview with Vanessa herself you are allowed to be young & beautiful with perfectly normal feet to wear her shoes too X


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