I will describe the perfect pair of shoes with the five Câ€™s:
CLASSIC: They never go out of style. There is a vintage, timeless appeal.
CREATIVE: But with a unique, innovative twist that makes them stand out from the rest and adds a â€˜popâ€™ to any outfit.
CONRAST: Mixed materials and two-toned shoes have such a better kick to them. Pun intended.
CUT-OUTS: Not only do they let your feet breathe, but they add a sort of artistic craftsmanship that just isnâ€™t seen often enough. I mean oxford style, skeleton effect, shapes, slits, woven, what have you. You cut it out, and Iâ€™ll eat it up.
COMFORT: Last, but certainly not least, I cannot and will not wear a shoe that is uncomfortable. I know there are tons of â€œfashionistasâ€ out there that worship their stilettos and may actually stab me in the heart with one just to get their perfectly manicured hands on a pair of diamond encrusted Manolos, but to me, comfort is key. When I am comfortable, I am confident, and confidence is what convinces the world you are actually hot and desirable despite your scoliosis and backne. Besides, shoes are technically meant to protect your feet, not make them bleed and blister and swell to the size of basketballs. Basically what it comes down to is if I canâ€™t dance in â€˜em, I donâ€™t want â€˜em, because honestly, whatâ€™s the point of life if you canâ€™t bust a move at the drop of a diamond encrusted hat?
Now why do I deserve to design a shoe with Jeffrey Campbell? Well, Iâ€™ve walked in the best (and worst) of them. Iâ€™ve danced, walked, and stalked in every kind of shoe imaginable, from feather-trimmed cowboy boots to teal faux croc wedges to silver moonboot galoshes. (Yes, Iâ€™ve also learned from my mistakes). Iâ€™ve scoured thrift stores, upon vintage stores, upon Shoe Manias, upon the internet abyss, upon European flea markets, upon stores that probably paid ten times as much for their doormat than I could ever hope to get for my entire soul, looking for that one perfect pair. Of course, just like finding the right (wo)man, you never can seem to find the exact match you are looking for. You just pick and chose adjectives from the lot and end up with this huge list of â€œWhat Makes the Perfect Oneâ€ without actually ever getting there. Well, as much as I would love to be able to create my very own perfect man, I donâ€™t think we actually have that technology yet, (keep your fingers crossed!) but it is possible to design my perfect shoe. And who better to do it with than the king of classy innovation himself, Jeffrey Campbell? Please Mr. Campbell, help me make my Sole Mate!
All the best,