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Best deal: Pointy toe Christian Louboutin kitten heels purchased at a New York thrift store for $30.
Biggest mistake: “I have two pairs of Michael Kors shearling boots. I’ve worn one of them once, the other one I still haven’t taken out of the plastic. They are the exact same shoe, but I couldn’t decide between the gray and the rust. So I had to have both, and I never wear them.”
Favorite shoe-shopping city: A cross between New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Chicago. “It’s weird, but I find great shoes [in Chicago]. I love the Wicker Park area because [you can find] designers not readily available everywhere.”
Favorite shoe-shopping stores: Barneys New York; Soula in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Diavolina and Satine in Los Angeles; and Christian Louboutin and Michel Perry in Paris.
How important are shoes to an outfit? “Essential. Shoes can push the same outfit you wore last season into a totally different look. If you’re wearing a pointy toe, flat stiletto, compared with a platform stacked heel, you’ve just gone from a 1980s look to a 1960s or 1970s look without trying.”
All-time favorite pair: “I have so many babies. I mean, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child!”
Top five must-haves for women: Pointy toe stiletto; round-toe ballet flat; some kind of platform; a flat sandal; and a good day boot with a 1- to 3-inch heel.
Biggest shoe mistakes women make: “For one, they can be very safe with shoes. A lot of times they don’t go with anything that is outside the neutral. Every woman needs to have one pair of red shoes [and needs to try] shoes that are patterned or embellished or a great color. The other mistake is not knowing to what extent they can wear a shoe, and this is why women have so many troubles with their feet. There are certain shoes that really have a time limit on [how long you can stand in] them, and you have to be realistic about that.”
Trend you wish would go away: “This 6- to 8-inch heel. As much as I love it, I wish it would go away only because I feel like it’s going to do some damage to some women. It’s sexy as all get out — don’t get me wrong — but if that’s the new standard in high heels, I think we’re all [in trouble]. You better have strong ankles.”
Celebrity inspiration: “I have this obsession with wanting to look like Mary Tyler Moore even though I’m totally the wrong body type. But I keep buying these 1970s shoes hoping that if I just find the right A-line mini dress, it will all come together.”