Donald Pliner

Donald Pliner launched his eponymous line of luxury footwear in 1989. His success in the industry took off and by 2004 he was inducted into the Footwear News Hall of Fame. Though his corporate offices are in Manhattan, Donald and his wife Lisa, who is also the creative director for the brand, call Miami home.

Where were you born ?
Chicago, Illinois
How long in Miami:
23 years
South Beach
Designer and manufacturer of men’s and women’s shoes
Favorite Restaurant:
Mr Chow and China Grill
Best Ethnic Food:
Rosa Mexicano
Best Italian:
Prime Italian
Best place for late night dining:
China Grill
Best dessert:
A Barton G. ice cream sundae
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
Oliver’s Bistro
Hautest Club/Lounge:
W South Beach
Best place for a power business meeting:
Prime One Twelve
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Donald J Pliner
Best Spa:
Mandarin Oriental
Favorite Charity Event:
I agree with my wife Lisa—I like them all. They all have their own flair and are all for a great cause
Favorite Cultural Event:
Art Basel
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Miami City Ballet
Best Aspect of Miami:
Living in a multicultural foreign city with American amenities and the ocean and clean air.
Best Steakhouse:
Prime One Twelve
Best Pizza:
Miami Slice on West Avenue
Best Lunch:
Oliver’s Bistro on West Avenue
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
My own—I set up my own routine. When on the road, I like the Four Seasons.
Best Massage:
Massage By Design
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Aventura Worldwide Transportation Services
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
My wife, Lisa F Pliner
Best Sushi:
Sushi Samba on Lincoln Road
Best place for a power business meeting:
Prime One Twelve
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