Urban Warrior, a modern day woman, armored and strong using her sexuality as her strength, without giving in to a submissive connotation. The display of femininity and seduction is always the subject at the core of her designs creating feminine yet tough shoes balancing between art and fashion.

Deniz Terli is a Dutch footwear designer with Turkish roots based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  After finishing a BA Fashion Design course in 2007 at the Willem the Kooning Academy and a course in Industrial Footwear Design at Dutch Health Tech Academy in 2010, she graduated in 2012  from the MA Fashion Footwear design course at ArtEZ  Institute of the Arts in Arnhem.

In 2013 Deniz became a finalist of Footrocker, the Rebel Soul of the Micam, an international design competition by Rolling Stone Magazine Italia and her shoes were published and exhibited by Rolling Stone.

Shortly after that Deniz was one of the 21 young creative professionals chosen  to receive a yearlong Talent Development Grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL, enabling her to take her professionalism and designs to the next level.

In January 2014 Deniz was chosen as a finalist of Clarks Shoe Design Awards, showing her latest collection during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014 in Amsterdam, leading up to assignments for the Hollywood blockbuster “ The Hunger Games” and a nomination for the Henri Winkelman award (award for young creative entrepreneurs).

Not much later, in March 2014 senior Fashion Editor of Vogue Italia and Vogue Talents Sara Maino selects shoe designer Deniz Terli as the winner of the first MUUSE x VOGUE Talents – Young Vision Accessories Award 2014.

For the futuristic lines, the sense of volumes and a different femininity” Sara Maino says. Deniz has been awarded most visionary accessory designer 2014 from among more than 170 young accessory designers. As winning designer, Deniz Terli joined MUUSE and designed a MUUSE Editions capsule collection to be produced and sold by MUUSE in 2015.



photo: Melanie Samat

photo: Melanie Samat


Deniz Terli shoes have been published and exhibited nationally (Volkskrant, Algemeen Dagblad, Dutch Design week, Mode Biënnale, Nederlands Leder & Schoenen museum, gallery Pien Rademakers, BNN) and internationally (The Hunger Games, SHOEting Stars Kunst haus Wien, Shoe Show Dubai, Visitors & Natives, le scarpi de i talenti di  domain in Vigevano, Shoes in Berlin, Salon/Istanbul).

At this moment Deniz is venturing out, setting up her own label. Shoes are made to order. For more inquiries please contact at info@denizterli.com