Visionary designer Donald J Pliner launched his line of luxury men’s and women’s footwear and accessories in 1989. Almost immediately his name became synonymous with innovative design and high style and unprecedented comfort.
Inducted into the Footwear News Hall of Fame in 2004, Pliner has stayed true to his motto: “When the feet are uncomfortable, so is the mind, so is the body, so is the soul.” In fact, Pliner still designs every pair of shoes himself, carefully screening each new design to ensure perfect fit and function.
And while casual comfort marks the atmosphere of his office, Donald J Pliner is anything but laid back. Nothing goes unnoticed in the world of Donald J Pliner. Colors, shapes and profiles all have meaning.
Creative director Lisa Pliner, Donald’s wife, works side-by-side with Pliner to develop each new collection, inserting her artist’s vision into the designs, colors and textures. The couple’s pure white Maltese, BabyDoll, is an ever-present influence as well.
Today, the Donald J Pliner global brand has established an almost cult following among men and women. Initially attracted by the fashion-forward style, they return for its comfort and craftsmanship.