The Gilded Shoes (for her) by Erin Hazelton

Ever since the moment I laid eyes on Dorothy’s ruby slippers I’ve had an obsession with “fancy” shoes.  As a three and four year old kid, I wore one pair of red shoes with everything.  It’s true:  red shoes go with everything.  I had other shoes, but those were the only ones I’d wear.  Around age six, I forced my mother to buy me a pair of turquoise loafers that looked like something Madonna would wear.  I wore those until the soles came unstitched.  At nineteen, I bought my first pair of Manolo Blahnik sandals.  They were gold.  It’s been downhill from there.  When it comes to shoes, I don’t discriminate, but I really, really have a soft spot for gilded shoes.  I don’t know what it is about gold shoes in particular, but when you wear them, you feel sexy, elegant…..I don’t know, like you are walking on gold?  They make you feel special.  And they definitely grab attention.  And yes, they can also be tacky….but that’s part of the fun.  This season Midas touched a lot of shoes….they are opulent and expensive.  Not for the weak of heart….here are a few of my favorites.

Caged crystal bootie by Sergio Rossi

Caged crystal bootie by Sergio Rossi (also seen above)
Caged crystal bootie by Sergio Rossi (also seen above)

These Golden Butterflies by artist/design icon/sculptress Gabriella Crespi for Sergio Rossi are beyond beautiful!

Gabriella Crespi for Sergio Rossi
Gabriella Crespi for Sergio Rossi

I don’t think there is a woman who has tried on this incredibly flattering shoe and hasn’t bought it.  Three women were wearing different versions of it at my friend Erin Fetherston’s wedding a few months ago….including the bride!  Jimmy Choo Lance Wavy Strap Sandal at Bergdorf Goodman

Jimmy Choo Lance Wavy Sandal
Jimmy Choo Lance Wavy Strap Sandal

Elegant and simple with just a little flash:  Chaos by Manolo Blahnik at Barney’s New York

Manolo Blahnik Chaos
Manolo Blahnik Chaos

And sometimes it’s all in the details:  Suede Ruffle Pump by Nicholas Kirkwood at Kirna Zabete

Nicholas Kirkwood's suede ruffle pump
Nicholas Kirkwood’s suede ruffle pump

 Erin Hazelton also at www.thepeopleilike.com

 

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