In recognition of his undisputed and extraordinary merits, in 2015 De Silva was awarded with the prize Car of the Year for the fifth time for the Volkswagen Passat.
Walter De Silva was awarded with the Compasso d’Oro, for Lifetime Achievement in Design by the Italian Association for Industrial Design and continued to focus on product design, which led to magnificent products such as the Leica M9 Titanium camera, the Luft armchair for Poltrona Frau and the Liquid lamp for Performance in Lighting. When his career as car designer came to an end in December 2015, he immediately started to pursue his not-so-secret dream: designing women’s shoes... so together with his wife Emmanuelle he has created WALTER DE SILVA SHOES.
The concept of seduction influences every form in Walter De Silva’s design and projects. Beauty, harmony and proportionality converge in an exclusive aesthetic moment. Every car, every object, reflects this notion of refinement. The art of seduction crystallis es in this line of shoes; the extreme style, truly a “fil rouge” that unifies the leg, ankle, shoe and heel in one impression so dear to the designer: the form in motion.
Walter De Silva bases the shoe on a sketch done in timeless proportions, such that one gets the sensation of absolute elegance at a single glance. The surfaces are clean and flowing, cut or framed by consistent, precise, and clearly defined lines. A woman’s foot, the ankle and the leg all move with tautness created by the shoes and the heel.