Walter Steiger was born in 1942 in Geneva. His father was a shoemaker, specialized in ski boots.
In 1958 Walter leaved Geneva for Zurich to become an apprentice at the prestigious house of Molnar Bottier.
In 1962 he arrived in Paris to join the studio Capucine and design the collection of Bally Madeleine.
One year later he moved to London and participates in the “Swinging London”, and designs shoes for Mary Quant. Michelangelo Antonioni chooses his shoes for the film Blow up. Walter’s designs are noticed by Lady Rendlesham and his shoes are photographed by Queen, Vogue and Harpers.
In 1967 he returned to Paris. There he presented his first collection under his name and it’s a success especially in the United States. Jean Widmer of Jardin des Modes introduces him to Ungaro and he begins designing shoes for his collection.
In 1974 he opened his first boutique in Paris, rue du Tounon. He designs the shoes for Chloé, Montana, Lagerfeld, Kenzo, Alaia. In 1982 he opened a further shop in New York and designed for Bill Blass, Oscar de La Renta and Calvin Klein shows.
In 1986 he istalled his design studio in Ferrara, Italy, where he lives with his family in a renaissance palace.
In 2006 he returned to the fashion scene of Paris and open his boutique in London at 48, Sloane street.
In 2009 he opened the ‘Maison STEIGER Bottier’, 33 avenue matignon, Paris. The excellence in made to measure shoes.
Steiger's collection runs the gamut from elegant, low-key black silk pumps to sandals with bling, eye-awakening color, and fun patterns like oversize polka dots.