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Sole Mates

by Celeste C., 29 year old Hip-hop Tap Dancer from Brooklyn, NY, United States

28 comments · 8 · October 7, 2009


Celeste Cerro - Vintage Beret W/ Feather & Leaf Detail, Salvation Army Vintage Lace Leotard, Thrifted Striped Cardigan, Thrifted Pleated Shorts, Cvs Trouser Socks, Thrifted Forever Ago Navy & White Cut Out Oxfords - Sole Mates
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  1. Vintage Beret w/ Feather & Leaf Detail

    , in Berets
  2. Vintage Lace Leotard

    Salvation Army

    , in Lace Leotards
  3. Striped Cardigan


    , in Striped Cardigans
  4. Pleated Shorts


    , in Shorts
  5. Trouser Socks


    , in Socks
  6. Navy & White Cut-out Oxfords

    Thrifted Forever Ago

    , in Oxfords

I will describe the perfect pair of shoes with the five C’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 ‘pop’ 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 isn’t seen often enough. I mean oxford style, skeleton effect, shapes, slits, woven, what have you. You cut it out, and I’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 “fashionistas� 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 can’t dance in ‘em, I don’t want ‘em, because honestly, what’s the point of life if you can’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, I’ve walked in the best (and worst) of them. I’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, I’ve also learned from my mistakes). I’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 “What Makes the Perfect One� without actually ever getting there. Well, as much as I would love to be able to create my very own perfect man, I don’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,
Celeste Cerro

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Magdalena Shaw
You look like you walked straight out of an Anthropologie catalogue. (that is a very, very good thing.)

And you're getting my heart because of your included caption. Marvelous, darling. You are.
Celeste Cerro
Oh my, yes that is incredibly flattering! You are too kind! I am so glad you enjoyed the caption as well. Thank you, thank you. :)
Torunn Splitter
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! I hope you win. And if you do i'm gonna buy the shoes you make. <3
Celeste Cerro
Way to be the sweetest, prettiest, loveliest thing ever. Thank you so much, my dear. It really means a lot to me. <3
Torunn Splitter
aw. but i mean it. you are one of my absolute favourite people here.

haha, i just realized, the five C's, and your initials, C.C. in swedish we would say "klockrent" which means... there's no good word for it, but smashing! is the best i can come up with. love!
Jen O. Cide
CUTECUTECUUUUTE. I would die for a pair of shoes like this, and I hope you win and come up with something just as amazing.
Celeste Cerro
Oh my, why thank you Jen!! And yeah, I am pretty obsessed with them myself, haha. Not only do I love the way they look, but I am also in love with the way they make everything they are paired with look. Plus they are insanely comfortable. And were super inexpensive. I've worn them to the bone and can't find anything else like them!
Kerry Lockwood
oh boy am I jealous of those shorts! they're exactly what I'm hunting for right now! Well Done! You won my heart :-)
Celeste Cerro
Aw, yay! I'm so glad! And I know you'll find them. And probably when you least expect it. But don't stop hunting...just start hunting for something else. :)
D. Haze
you are so adorable and your outfit is marvelous,
AND THOSE SHOES...! you have me convinced, and i hope you win Celeste :)
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Em    .
too, too great! i was going to say i like your shorts, and that i like your cardigan, and the lace under, and your shoes, and socks and your hat, but i didn't want to sound like an over-complement-er
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Melanie Likes
Oh my gosh. I think if we knew each other in real life, we'd be best friends. <3
Celeste Cerro
Haha yes!! It would be awesome. :)
Alyssa Dubois
Seriously. You don't have enough hypes for this. It should a bajillion. :)
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