Why Walter Steiger Was Relaunched as Tank Steiger

Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates from Your Next Shoes. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our disclosure for more details.

What ever happened to Walter Steiger? The Swiss luxury shoe brand famous for using ‘curves in all the right places’ was a favorite of the fashion elite for decades.

Their signature curved heel was spotted on the likes of Emma Roberts, Tyra Banks, and Ashley Tisdale before fading into an unexpected hiatus.

Actress Meta Golding in a floral-print Mario Dice Spring 2016 dress and Walter Steiger ‘Tinker Bell’ patent leather platform heelsActress Meta Golding in a floral-print Mario Dice Spring 2016 dress and Walter Steiger ‘Tinker Bell’ patent leather platform heels at the premiere of Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ at Microsoft Theater on November 16, 2015, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: Jennifer Graylock / INFphoto)

Walter Steiger as we know it may no longer exist, but the Steiger family is still going strong with eye-catching designs under another name.

Tank Steiger is the relaunched version of Walter Steiger, a project pioneered by the founder’s granddaughter Laura.

Maria Sharapova flaunts her legs in a black Antonio Berardi Fall 2014 lace dress and Walter Steiger laser-cut suede pumps at the 2014 ESPY AwardsMaria Sharapova flaunts her legs in a black Antonio Berardi Fall 2014 lace dress and Walter Steiger laser-cut suede pumps at the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

Created to attract a new generation of women, Tank Steiger’s bold designs sit at the forefront of the contemporary luxury footwear market.

A Passion For Shoes Since 1932

Walter Steiger was one of the world’s most prestigious family-owned footwear brands.

Walter Steiger created the company in Geneva in 1932. He started out making high-quality made-to-measure shoes for men and women.

Toni Collette wears Walter Steiger platform sandals with a nude Robin Brouillette halter gown at the 'A Long Way Down' premiereToni Collette wears Walter Steiger platform sandals with a nude Robin Brouillette halter gown at the ‘A Long Way Down’ premiere during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival at the Friedrichstadt-Palast on February 10, 2014, in Berlin, Germany (Credit: INFphoto)

The brand reached international acclaim in the 1960s thanks to Walter’s son of the same name.

Walter Junior expanded the business by opening boutiques in the world’s fashion capitals: Paris, Milan, London, and New York.

His avant-garde designs attracted the attention of some of the biggest names in fashion, such as London’s mod queen Mary Quant and the legendary photographer Helmut Newton.

Malin Akerman flaunts her legs in a Christian Siriano dress with Walter Steiger heels at the 2013 Environmental Media AwardsMalin Akerman flaunts her legs in a Christian Siriano dress with Walter Steiger heels at the 2013 Environmental Media Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on October 19, 2013, in Burbank, California (Credit: Sara De Boer / Startraksphoto)

The brand went on to collaborate with major design houses, including Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Sonia Rykiel, Nina Ricci, Ungaro, and Chloe.

Walter Steiger became the go-to luxury brand for fashionistas looking to make a statement with their shoes.

Malin Akerman shows off her curved Walter Steiger ankle bootsMalin Akerman shows off her curved Walter Steiger ankle boots (Credit: Sara De Boer / Startraksphoto)

Their elegant styles were famous for their extravagant heels, vibrant colors and prints, and striking embellishments.

Walter’s lavish design elements were ideal for upscale events and haute couture runways, making the brand an instant celebrity favorite.

Shoes For A New Generation Of Women

At its core, Walter Steiger has always been a family business.

The Steigers have a deep passion for shoemaking and a dedication to tradition continually passed from generation to generation.

Joanne Froggatt flaunts her legs in Walter Steiger heels paired with a Hervé Léger Sheena color-blocked dressJoanne Froggatt flaunts her legs in Walter Steiger heels paired with a Hervé Léger Sheena color-blocked dress at the London Premiere of “Filth” at Odeon West End on September 30, 2013, in London, England (Credit: WENN)

Therefore, it was no surprise that Laura wanted to take the family business into its third generation.

What did shock the fashion industry was the reveal of Tank Steiger after the brand’s two-year hiatus.

Laura swapped the brand’s sky-high heels for chunky-soled combat boots and creepers.

Joanne Froggatt shows off her feet in gold metallic caged Walter Steiger heelsJoanne Froggatt shows off her feet in gold metallic caged Walter Steiger heels (Credit: WENN)

The entire Tank Steiger line is centered around the thick platform sole as a way to make ‘solid headway’ in the shoe industry.

While Walter Steiger shoes exuded high octane glamor, Tank Steiger designs are practical and contemporary chic.

Laura has stated that this new venture is a celebration of modern, headstrong, independent women.

Actress Julianne Moore rocks a Jason Wu dress and shows off her feet in Walter Steiger sandalsActress Julianne Moore rocks a Jason Wu dress and shows off her feet in Walter Steiger sandals at the Broadcast Television Journalists Association Second Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 18, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California (Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock)

She wants to carry on her family’s legacy of innovation and high-quality craftsmanship while creating shoes that transcend seasons, trends, and can be worn all day long by women of any age.

Actress Crystal Reed flaunts her legs in an Issa London Fall 2012 dress and Walter Steiger ankle bootsActress Crystal Reed flaunts her legs in an Issa London Fall 2012 dress and Walter Steiger ankle boots at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2012, in Universal City, California (Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock)

Tank Steiger’s cool and comfortable platforms may be dramatically different from the creations of her father and grandfather, but they will undoubtedly resonate with the modern trendsetter.

We look forward to seeing what Laura will come up with next!

Scroll down to see celebrities wearing the best heels, boots, and shoes by Walter Steiger.

Paris Hilton’s Helene Berman Cat Ears Cap and Walter Steiger Boots

Paris Hilton pulled out all the stops while out and about in Milan, Italy, on Friday. She traveled to one…

10 Athletes Get Their Shoe Game On at the 2014 ESPY Awards

Female athletes brought their shoe game to the 2014 ESPY Awards’ red carpet on Wednesday. It looked like they couldn’t help but…

18 Cool Bundled-Up Street-Style New York Fashion Week Looks

Fashion Week street style is notorious for being ridiculous, sometimes even more so than the fashion on the catwalks themselves….

Grandma Victoria’s Secret Adriana Lima Is Longest-Running Model

Adriana Lima is known for being the longest-running Victoria’s Secret Angel, but she is by no means old! Apparently, though,…

Tyra Banks in Sexy LBD and Walter Steiger Banded Ankle Booties

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 20, also known as Guys & Girls, premiered on August 2. This latest season is…

The Hottest Shoes at the CW, CBS, and Showtime 2013 Summer TCA Party

A lot of celebrities flocked to the CW, CBS, and Showtime 2013 Summer TCA Party in Los Angeles on Monday….

How Would You Grade the Shoes Spotted at the Samsung “Hope for Children” Gala?

Samsung held its 12th Annual Hope for Children Gala on June 11 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City….

Emma Roberts’ Feet in Black Snakeskin Walter Steiger Tempo Heels

Emma Roberts looked gorgeous in a blue Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2013 dress while showing off her hot feet in…

The Hottest Shoes at Vanity Fair’s Tribeca Film Festival Party

It’s always interesting when stars walk into a courthouse. Luckily, in this instance, they were walking in for Vanity Fair’s…

Ashley Tisdale Goes Polished and Pretty in Walter Steiger Sandals

We spotted Ashley Tisdale looking very polished and pretty in a black-and-white dress and strappy cutout-detailed Walter Steiger heels on…

Tyra Banks With Chic Tousled Hairstyle in Corset-Detailed Dress & Curvy Pumps

Tyra Banks flaunted her endless legs at the recent 22nd Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York…

Take a Look Inside Poker Player Beth Shak’s Shoe Closet

Here’s a shoe closet to envy: Beth Shak’s 1,200+ pair collection, about 700 of which are Christian Louboutins. How she…

© Copyright Your Next Shoes 2010 - 2022 | Back to Top