While you should definitely check out these under-the-radar Italian designers, when it comes to fantastic Milanese creations that are instantly covetable, Prada is the way to go. Take these gold-and-black satin pumps with an unusual wedge heel. Resembling metal studded with rivets, the look was inspired by the German avant garde, cast through a very glamorous Italian lens. Wear them as very special evening shoes, or simply put them up on a shelf to admire their aesthetic perfection.
Prada black-and-gold pump, $1,075 at Prada.