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Interview With Mme Weathersby Shoes


Mme. Movie La Reine Mid Calf Boot

1. How did you come up with the idea of creating Mme. Weathersby Shoes?

Mme creates apparel, handbags, and footwear, also furniture. The shoes are getting the most buzz at this point. I love history architecture, culture, and all things feminine. That’s where my ideas come from. I can look at a petal, and in my mind, a collection can come forth.

2. Your collection is gorgeous, how do you draw inspiration for your feminine designs?

Anything that stands still, planted or moving can inspire me. I love the arts, not so much pop culture. The past inspires me more than the condition of the world today.

3. What is your favorite shoe you’ve ever created, and why?

I don’t have one, but my mother always says, “This is my favorite.” Then another design is made, and I outdo myself. I like a good challenge. I’m an INTJ, so I enjoy perfection, and want my customers to know that they have purchased a piece of wearable art, that brings them good attention.

4. Tell me a little about the process of making your shoes – how long does it take, on average, to make one shoe, for example?

It depends on the factory. I have gotten some duds, believe me when I say that. I was going to do a peacock shoe, and the factory gave me a green shoe filled with ghastly feathers and sequins. It looked like Big Bird on crack! Their favorite line, is “You don’t like?”

5. What do you look for in a shoe?

Beauty, Wearability, tailored perfect merchandise.

6. Number of shoes you own?

Basically everything you see in my collection , and then some, not all of Mme shoes are shown to the public. I do not own a pair of designer shoes, but I would like to someday. Like a pair of Chanel Ballet Flats.

7. Favorite designer?

YVES SAINT LAURENT the original master of course. I have his books, DVD of him. That man was genius and I will always love what he created, and the great skills of his business partner Pierre Berge. The old masters are dying out. I would love to have met him. Remember these were the days when the designs had classy mothers, and sophisticated lives, and imitated what they saw, but made the clothing of the future , which is what we wear today. Christan Dior, the original master, is my favorite also. Remember Yves worked for Christin Dior when he was a teenager. Oh, don’t forget the genius of modernity Mr. Lagerfeld.

8. What’s on your playlist now?

I don’t listen to that much music except for upbeat jazz like IILYA-they DIED FOR BEAUTY. That album is great A++, remember that Revlon Commercial with Halle Berry, and a song called Bellisimo. I love listening to commercials because the songs are better than those on the radio, which I don’t listen to, except for talk radio, classical, and jazz. I love my SADE, Jackson 5, and I’ve been listening to old Motown music, and rediscovered a great group from the 80′s called the System. Oh, and Robert Palmer, what a great artist.

9. What was on your Christmas wish list?

I don’t really celebrate Christmas. Maybe if I get married, or have children I will celebrate it. But very soon. I would love to go to an orphanage and give presents to those parent-less souls, and make them happy and have a pep talk with them. I have a heart for orphans, and people that can not defend themselves.

10. What’s next for Mme Weathersby?

Loads of trade shows like WSA, The Magic, La Fashion Week, hopefully to premier the apparel, furniture and perfume, Haute Couture appointments etc…

Talking Beauty and Shoes with Nigel Barker

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Nigel Barker, renowned fashion photographer and judge of America’s Next Top Model.  His new book, Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation, offers beauty and fashion tips for every woman so she can be her best and most beautiful, from the inside out. But the book is much more than just an informative read – it prompts readers to get interactive online at www.beautyequation.com and share their photos and feelings!  So what does this post have to do with shoes?  Read on to find out (Nigel has a thing for shoes!), and to learn a bit more about the book.

Can you tell us about Beauty Equation…how do you define beauty?

The purpose of the book was to discuss beauty from an inner beauty attribute standpoint.  All too often these days, when the conversation comes up, it’s often to do with skin-deep issues, and cosmetic surgery, do you have perfect skin, are you a certain size, height, build.  As someone who works in the business of fashion and beauty, I think we have to distinguish between the modeling business and being truly beautiful.  To capture a photograph that is iconic and timeless has nothing to do with if you’re a model or not.  It has to do with the life you’re leading and your spontaneity, charisma and authenticity.  Those are the things that, as a photographer, if you can capture them, bring your picture to life.  When you utilize them as a person, you have the potential to be the beautiful people we can all be.”

One of the exciting things about the book is we’ve created at the end of each chapter a series of photo challenges, video challenges and written challenges and through a form of art therapy we call Photo Therapy, we ask the readers to examine themselves by taking photos of themselves embodying the attributes in these chapters, and uploading the photos to our website beautyequation.com where they can share their portfolios or keep them private.  If they share them, then they can really start this conversation about beauty with the whole community.

How does beauty come through for you when you’re taking a photo/on film?

Your eyes are the windows to your soul. It doesn’t matter what your facade looks like if you’re not shining through your eyes, emoting, and lack passion or that spark.  In a good photograph, you look at it, you believe it, you trust it, you’re drawn in by it.  That’s why we talk so much about personality on Top Model.

What do you think about the re-emergence of more curvaceous, “real” women walking the runways and being featured in fashion editorials?  Is this something that will stick?

I think things are changing, however the fashion business is trend-driven and things are going to come in and out of style, and we’ve had curvy models in the past.  But I think advertising as a whole is taking a different look on the issue, and we don’t have so much curvy girls, but real women in general, whether they’re curvy, or flat chested, or boyish-shaped or older or younger, and I think that’s a healthy outlook.  It’s about using common sense and promoting a healthy attitude and lifestyle instead of a body-mass index.

NOW ONTO SHOES…

How important are high heels to a woman’s appearance, and tell me about this rumor I’ve heard that you have a shoe fetish…?

I am fascinated by shoes, in fact, I buy all my wife’s heels. Even this morning she told me about a pair of heels she wanted to buy and I said, ‘Wait a second, let me check this out’, because I have a thing about feet and shoes in general.  In fact, people have told me that I have a foot fetish.  I also have a heel fetish.  I love the construction of women’s shoes, it’s very smart engineering and beautifully done, and I like anything that is well-styled.  A good heel is something that’s hard to come by, and when it’s done well…I’ve spent a small fortune in Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo in the past!

Christian Louboutin Hyper Prive Peep-Toe Pumps, $865 at SaksFifthAvenue.com

Does that mean Christian Louboutin your favorite designer, er, your wife’s favorite shoe designer?

Yes, I would definitely say he would be my favorite designer, for sure.

What tips can you give our readers for walking gracefully in high heels? And looking great in a photograph in general?

I have been fairly shocked by how badly some people walk in heels!  I’m not a cross-dresser but I have tried to walk in [heels] and I actually did a pretty good job! (laughing) It’s one of those things, you’ve gotta kind of commit to it, work through the pain.  Realize this is what you’re signing up for.  When you stand on your toes, it immediately gives you extra height, and what happens to is it makes all of your muscles tense and tighten look tauter, and your physicality is accentuated.  And it works fantastically in pictures, and in fact, sometimes when I’m photographing a model above the neck, I’ll ask them to put heels on because it changes the look in thier face.

That makes total sense, because when I put on a pair of heels, I instantly feel more confident.  And I bet my readers would say the same!  Lastly, can you tell us a little bit about what charities you’re passionate about, and what other projects you have in the works?

I shot Runway Relief last month, which was an ad campaign for Nine West where the proceeds being raised went to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.  It’s a lot of fun and poignant when various elements of the fashion industry can collide and do something which is more about being a role model than a fashion model.  And as a personal note, I just signed up as the first male ambassador for the United Nation Foundation’s new charity Girl Up, just launched at the beginning of October.  I’m also working on a documentary film for the Humane Society of the United States and the Shark-Free Marina Initiative, an initiative to stop shark finning.

We’re already working on our next book, called Blossoming Beauties (click for a sneak peek!), a compilation of pregnant nude photographs that I’ve taken over the past two years.  Over 60 women of all different walks of life are featured, all in black and white, and it’s a piece to really celebrate pregnancy in all its glory, and life in general.  I have two kids of my own, and my wife appears in the book pregnant with both children. The book should be released by September of next year.

Thanks so much, Nigel!

More ways to keep up with Nigel Barker:

Website: NigelBarker.tv

Twitter: @beautyequation

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Q&A With Up-And-Coming Shoe Designer Ryan Haber

“I want women to feel powerful in my shoes, feel sexy, feel unstoppable.”

Finally, a footwear designer who understands the love affair women have with their shoes!  I first discovered Ryan Haber on Twitter (@RyanHaber), where his tagline is “You can tell a lot about a woman by the shoes on her feet.”  Ryan has worked for both Steve Madden and BCBGMAXAZRIA, and now he’s taking on the industry with his debut women’s footwear collection, which will be available for purchase at ryanhabercollection.com this December.  We’ll all have to wait just a little bit to get our hands on the shoes, but stay tuned because this is an American designer to watch.  Keep reading for my exclusive Q&A with Ryan, and a peek at one of the shoes! (scroll down)

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Interview With Lydia of The Golden Boot

Street view of The Golden Boot in England

The Golden Boot is a shoe store in England that has been around for more than 200 years, and has just started a new website for their shoes.  I interviewed Lydia of The Golden Boot (online store: www.thegoldenboot.co.uk) to find out more about the history of this store, and here’s what she had to say:

I see The Golden Boot has been around for over 200 years! Can you please tell us a little about the store and what makes it unique?

The Golden Boot is the oldest independent shoe retailer in England.  Established in 1790 it has remained in the same family throughout its long history, and the sixth generation- Edward Martin is now Managing Director of the store.  Our diverse range of stock is what makes our shop unique. Our buyers source from all over Europe and beyond whilst remaining loyal to traditional English shoe making. It is really important for us to offer something a little different and to provide fantastic and traditional customer service.

How do the shoes available at the brick-and-mortar store differ from those on the website?

We offer the same range of shoes online as we do in our store because it is product that we know and from brands that we and our customers trust. It is very important for us to get a realistic idea of how each style fits and so on delivery the staff happily try everything on and offer great feedback on the styles we are putting online.

Do you have a favorite shoe fashion icon?

My favourite shoe icon would have to be Rupert Sanderson.  His designs are always crisp and sleek, understated and very flattering.

Panoramic picture of the ladies section in The Golden Boot

Are there any speial online sales going on right now that my readers should know about? (And can we offer Shoe Smitten readers a special discount code?)

We do have our end of season sale on at the moment, we have a selection of Ladies shoes at great discounted price. If Shoe Smitten readers use the code “exclusive” in the promotion box they will be entitled to an extra 10% off the entire sale.

Can you share with us a few of your bestselling womens and mens styles?

Our best sellers for ladies this season have been-
Romika Ethnic, which was a really popular summer mule, it literally sold out in the lime green in a matter of days.
Birkenstocks have had a great season this year, we find that the floral patterned styles are the most popular.
Gabor Stand, a classic summer pump with leather knot detailing, it came in white, red and black and received a great reaction in store.
Our best sellers for mens this season have been-
Anantomic Gel Tapajos, a really comfortable shoe from a company that is at the forefront of comfort technology.
Pikolinos Tibet, a continental and casual style typically Spanish.
Timberland 72565, a classic deck shoe, perfect for the summer months.

What would you change about the current shoe retail industry?

I think I would like to see more independent retailers offering something a little different.  Every High Street shoe brand offers the same styles and from the same settings. I think that little companies offer great product and add character to the trade.

What’s next for The Golden Boot?

At present we are getting ready for the Back to School rush, our busiest period of the year. We are also going to be doing lots more work on our website, getting all the new AW 2009 range available to buy from the site and working hard to offer a unique range of shoes.

Thanks Lydia!  Visit www.thegoldenboot.co.uk to learn more and view the assortment of shoes The Golden Boot has to offer.

ShoeHunting Featured in Lollieshopping’s Interview of the Month!

Check out the interview Laura posted on her site www.LollieShopping.com today.  You’ll learn more about ShoeHunting, and about how I came to adore shoes.  If you don’t know by now, I am Community Manager at ShoeHunting in addition to maintaining Shoe Smitten. If you love shoes, and I mean REALLY LOVE SHOES, then you absolutely must join and use ShoeHunting. The site allows shoe lovers to find shoes, tag them, save them and even share them with other shoe lovers. It’s your virtual shoe closet, complete with a community and blog. Learn how it works here.

Read the full interview here and show my good friend some love: http://www.lollieshopping.com/3194406

By the way, Laura is a bargain hunter and a sweet friend to have, so if you’re on Twitter add her @lollieshopping.

Talk To Me Tonight at 9PM CST on Blog Talk Radio!

Tonight you have the chance to talk to me live, thanks to @gylonj featuring me on his Blog Talk Radio show!  If you’ve been dying to ask me a question about shoes/blogging/social media/anything else, tonight at 9pm CST is the time! 

I’m so excited to finally chat with many of you, and to share my love of shoes and social media.  You can just listen in, call in to just say hi, or ask me a question.  Whatever you do, at least stop by!  Visit www.blogtrainingacademy.com for more details, and call in to 646-478-5648 to participate.  Here’s the link to the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thegylonjacksonshow 

Interview With Michael of HeartMyShoes.com

This week’s interview is with Michael of HeartMyShoes.com, a community of shoe lovers that submit and share their personal photos of their shoes.

I just took a look at HeartMyShoes.com and your site seems like a lot of fun, would you mind telling my readers what its all about?

Of course, HeartMyShoes.com is a site completely and utterly devoted to women and their love of everything shoe related. Users that come to my site are encouraged to post/upload personal photos of their favorite shoes and store them in their own Shoe Closet that we give them for FREE. This way girls can check their inventory online with us and not have to rummage through their closets each time they go out. We ask our users to tell us a few things about their shoes so the other girls know exactly what they’re looking at; information like Brand name, Price, Where they Purchased them, How comfortable they are, etc.

Our readers can also come onto the site and browse around through all of the shoes girls have submitted. They can rate the shoes, comment on them, or just search for their favorite designers. Its a lot of fun.

How and when did you become interested in fashion?
I’ve never been a fashionista per se, but I’ve always noticed that shoes were the one common obsession between almost every woman I’d ever met. Girlfriends, friends, relatives, co-workers, all the women in my life either have a slight obsession with shoes, or a complete unwavering, almost compulsive attraction to shoes.

I find it incredible how you can take a group of 10 women who have never met before, and all you need is for one of them to start talking about shoes and all of a sudden everyone is best friends. Its the coolest thing.

So being a straight male, what inspired you to start a website devoted to women and their love of shoes?
I’ve always been told by my grandmother that the key to happiness in life is to keep the women around you happy. She’s even got sayings like, “happy wife, Happy life”. Before I started HeartMyShoes.com I was looking for a great idea to start my first website, and somehow this site just popped into my head, and two months later, here I am trying to make women happy. Its a fun gig.

Are there a lot of girls posting pictures of their shoes?

We launched HeartMyShoes.com in the middle of December and we already have over 40 members, 100-200 viewers per day, and at least 2 submission everyday so far, but we’ve had as many as 10 one day. Our readers are increasing every day and I haven’t met a shoe-a-holic yet that doesn’t love it. I hope your readers will submit some of their shoes as well. Its a lot of fun.

What are you future plans for the site?

Well right now I am concentrating on allowing women to post pictures of their favorite shoes and share their fav. shoes from our site with the rest of their friends. But in the future I am hoping to bulid more of a community where girls can come to get new ideas for their own purchases and make some friends on the site that share the same fashion style as they do.

You said you’ve met plenty of girls that are obsessed with shoes, does anyone specific stand out?

haha, absolutely. A girl I used to date lived on her own in a 3 bedroom house. She had one bedroom that was 100% devoted to her shoes. I’m talking shelves, closet organizers, drawers, the works. And then she also had at least a hundred pairs stored in her garage. It was intense.

Favorite shoe designer? Why?
Just from the past couple months in discussing shoes with all the women I know, the best shoes I’ve seen are always from Christian Louboutin. I find all of his products to be superior to any other designer I’ve seen on the site so far. I recently saw a pair of leather Louboutin boots on a girl I met on New Year’s Eve and they were incredibly sexy.

Favorite shoe store(s)?
There’s a store in Canada called StyleSense that opened up a few months ago that is a discount shoe store for any brand name or designer you can think of. There are only 3 locations at the moment but they’re popping up all over the place. You can walk into the store at 2pm on a Tuesday afternoon and it looks like Christmas Eve.

Thank you, Michael!  I’d say you’re doing a great job of keeping the women around you (and on your site) very happy!

Interview With Beth Anderson, Editor-In-Chief of Chic Galleria

Biography
Beth Anderson is proud to offer men and women a gallery full of unique products, services, and articles. Chic Galleria is a natural extension of her experience in retail sales and special personality – a sincerity that continues to attract business owners, designers, artists, and a plethora of wonderful readers. Owner of MyChicThings.com and Chic Consulting, Beth holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Michigan and has taught in both private and public schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Michigan, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. Also a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, this veteran school teacher loves to make others feel special, and Chic Galleria is just one of her favorite places to do just that. Beth has been featured in a large array of online publications including StyleBakery, Chic Stories, Posh Mama, The Goddess Factory, A Mom in Red High Heels, and Boutique Cafe. Her articles have been published by Reuters and The Chicago Sun Times.

When did you become interested in fashion?

I would have to say as long as I can remember.  My Mother always spent hours finding the right outfits for me, usually shopping at small boutiques in Tulsa and Dallas.  Often you would see my brother and I in matching Florence Eiseman outfits.  Can’t say I did that to my own children, though.

Describe your fashion/shopping expertise?

I have lived all over the United States.  Moving so often, I tended to look for a mall before I’d find a grocery store.  When I lived in Connecticut, I would spend hours pounding the pavement in Manhattan.  My Mother had a woman who designed and made all our clothes.  She and I would visit all the fabric stores in New York on a regular basis.  We would browse Saks, Lord & Taylor, and Bergdorfs looking at the colors and shapes of the designs on the racks.  We don’t do that anymore now that we both are older.  We usually do most of our shopping in Northpark or the Galleria in Dallas.

Do you remember your first pair of heels?

Yes!  Ferragamo black patent pumps.  Timeless!

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

30+
Favorite shoe designer? Why?

Well, I have 2 categories of shoes.  The first are the shoes I throw on every day.  These would probably be Clarks, Pumas and any shoe made by Talbots.  The second would be shoes that I love to look at.  These are shoes that deserve a place in a museum.  Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Valentino, and have you seen the spring collection for Christian Louboutin?

I have!  They are gorgeous, and they would look great in a museum…and on my feet!  Haha  So, what shoe trends are you loving/hating this season?

I’m loving the color pink!  All the designers I mentioned have done terrific 3″ sandals for spring.  I have my eye on the most gorgeous pink petal sandal by Christian Louboutin at Bergdorfs.

Favorite shoe store(s)?

I usually shop online at department stores such as Saks.  Locally, I buy shoes at Dillards and Talbots.

Are you a heel, flat, or sneaker kind of girl?

Depends….I usually wear flats and on weekends and I live in my Pumas.

If you could design a new shoe, what would it look like?

For Spring, it would be bright colors!  Fuschia, Orange, Royal Blue with comfortable soles.  On a recent trip to New York, I was talking to a PR Rep at the GMHC Fashion Forward Fundraiser.  She was telling me that she has to bite her lip everytime she works fashion shows because her feet always hurt.  My collection would definitely aim for comfort.  Why do we sacrific comfort for fashion?

I totally agree with you – comfort and fashion are not mutually exclusive.  Sowhen did you start your blog, Chic Galleria.com, and why?

About 2 years ago I started an online boutique, My Chic Things. To drive traffic to my store, I started a personal blog. To my surprise, I began meeting people online who asked to advertise on my blog. Through these contacts, I also met people willing to do a few guest blog posts when I felt like I was having writers block.

One of those contacts was Paul David of the Smart Stylist. His partner, Matt Lum of Hoodlum Productions, designed Perez Hilton’s website. Matt is extremely talented. We started throwing ideas around about a virtual shopping mall and Chic Galleria.com was conceived! We then transformed my old blog into Chic Galleria.com. Matt does all the design work on the website as well as our weekly Newsletter.

My son Austin and I co-own Chic Galleria.com. I’m the Editor-in-Chief and I have sixteen fabulous Contributing Editors who write for Chic Galleria.com. Christie Connelly, Elana Pruitt,, Paul David, Jamie Wheeler, Carrie Castleman, Jayne Goode, Libby Haynes, Christine Spencer, Phuong Le, Denise Tong, Terry Carter, Curtis Ludlow, Gabrielle Krake, Sarah Jane Adams, Christie Crowder and Martha Collins. Since I have so many experts on board, we now have six sections publishing articles daily; Women, Men, Parenting, Gourmet, Living and Wellness.

What is your favorite pair of shoes that you own?

That’s a hard one.  I love my Juicy Couture Flip Flops.

Besides blogging, what else do you enjoy?

I love to read.  I’ve been lucky enough to receive several books from authors I have featured on Chic Galleria.com.

Thank you, Beth!

Interview With Mark Schwartz of HighHeeledArt.com

If you’re a shoe lover (and you should be if you’re reading this), then you’ll love Mark Schwartz’s work!  Check out this short, candid interview I scored with him yesterday: 

Q: How did Andy Warhol encourage you and influence your work?
A:
I met Andy Warhol thru Roger Vivier, was working as Vivier’s assistant and one day Warhol arrives at the Vivier office!  Well Warhol was a bit shy but he did sit me down many times over the next year and change, he made monthly visits to the Vivier office to promote Interview magazine,drop off a copy and chat a bit.

We began to talk about shoe design and i was doing these artistic doodles of shoes in different “poses” very fluid and such, Warhol was the one who pushed me to keep drawing the shoes this way , i told him i wanted to paint the shoe as an art form, so he was very positive and nice to me about what i wanted to do, really if it was not for him i would have never have kept doing what i am doing now.

Q: Do you have a favorite shoe fashion icon? Who?

A: My favorite shoe icon is Vivier of course, i was lucky and i mean lucky to be chose by him and work with him for so many years. I love what he created and what he will always influence in modern day shoe design he set the pace for Blahnik, Louboutin, and all who follow.

Q: What is your favorite thing about high heels? What gives them life?

A: High heels have there own personality! They speak without saying a thing. If you look at some of my paintings you can see the high heel in different moods ! High heels on a woman well ,again there is not just one word that describes that look but the life comes from both the shoe itself and the movement of the woman’s body,her personality her body language!

Q: Where does the inspiration for your work come from?

A: Inspiration comes really from the inside! It is the feeling of loving what you are doing and having a love for the shoe or shoes themselves.
I see the shoe as a total art piece as a painting in itself , !

Q: What’s next for Mark Schwartz?

A: What is next, i enjoy painting , i have clients who are loyal and i want to keep painting shoes and doing more commissions , it is so great to hear from a client who owns a shop or hangs your work in there home or office, it great when they call and ask for another piece to compliment the last one they purchased.
You never stop growing and it shows in your work!

Check out Mark Schwartz’s one-of-a-kind original paintings at www.highheeledart.com, and make sure you read his blog regularly to keep up on the latest paintings, sales and events.

Enjoy!

Q&A With Maggi Mercado of Asgi Shoes

I had the opportunity to ask Maggi Mercado, design director of Asgi shoes, a few questions about her own style, the Asgi brand and her fashion advice for you (men and women).  She has some great advice that I think all of you will benefit from, and she offers an exciting sneak peak into what’s next for Asgi shoes.  Check it out!

1. How would you describe your overall everyday ‘style’?

I travel a great deal, move around a lot, and therefore wear trousers, pants suits and narrow jeans a lot with the Carina Bootie and the Roma Bootie. The booties are great for travel because they are easy to take off and put on at airport security areas. I also collect accessories (large pieces of jewelry, unusual bags and belts) to update my look and try to travel with one or two color palettes to mix and match. This season I’m buying accessories (eyeglasses, bags, jewelry and scarves) in the metallic colors of the season which go with everything and this helps when I need to get ready fast.

I am short and my husband is very tall so I favor heels, booties and wedges. I like soft lower heel booties such as the Tahoe Bootie from Asgi’s Classic Collection. Sandals like the Tau or Clio Wedge were my recent summer favorites and took me through several trips to China, Europe and the U.S.

I am Latin and therefore not afraid to wear color and to mix and match colors. I find that the colors affect my mood. While working from the home office, I like to get up early and get dressed as if I were going to an outside office. This helps my creativity and our local Starbucks is filled with well-dressed professionals in the morning. Because I’m a designer, I sometimes end up with color markers and pen marks all over my tops so now I wear mostly black tops.

2. What would be your top three recommendations for men and women buying shoes right now? (shoe styles, colors, shopping advice, etc.)

For men I believe it’s important to have a clean loafer in black or chocolate brown, even in a beautiful burgundy which looks sensational with navy and gray suits. This is also a color that is easy to wear and to keep clean. A casual shoe in beautiful leathers and high tech materials, with laces can be very multi purpose and used for travel and casual office attire. Of course, a nice pair boots are a good investment and can be worn year round.

I always suggest people buy footwear that is adjustable or has removable foot beds, as feet swell during the day therefore the ability to customize your shoe is a good one.

For women, a bootie, ballerina and loafer are fashion-musts. Purchasing a shoe or bootie in purple, wine, gray suede or a metallic color also adds a bit more fashion. Perforations and metallics are very pretty as well. Asgi’s Dolce Pump and Marcy Mary Jane combine both of these trends. Additionally, a woman should always have a good quality pump in her wardrobe; it’s the little black dress of shoes.

3. What has been the biggest challenge with trying to combine technology and luxury?

Asgi was determined to design and create an entirely new type of technology that would dramatically impact the comfort of shoes without sacrificing style. This was a complex process that has resulted in our innovative patent-pending technology called Soleplex. There is a stabilizer and chassis system that delivers a unique walking experience. We believe that Asgi revolutionized the design process by creating an entirely new fashion look with unique pods on the soles that give the shoes a beautiful silhouette. We complemented the innovative look by using the finest materials including hand-selected, full-grain leathers.

4. I’ve noticed that most Asgi shoes are grey, black, brown or a metallic hue. Do you think you’ll branch out into bolder colors along with the bold designs?

Our fall line features this season’s popular metallic colors such as silver, pewter and bronze. Some of our shoes also incorporate purple, the season’s hottest shade.

Asgi’s spring 2009 collection will be all about textures and colors. We will integrate textures such as perforations, matte nappas, meteorite finishes and colorful patents creating a distinctive look. The shoes will feature some unique colors and combinations such as silver and white, shimmery and pearlized pastels with classic colors. Our chassis provide additional canvas for color and graphic designs.

5. What inspires you to design? Music? Art? Other shoe designers?

We collaborate with a state-of the-art design studio outside of Venice, Italy, Andre Maritan Studio. Also, I am always attending the trend, accessories, components, color and material shows such as Trend Selection and the Tanners Art show. Travel is always inspirational but after all footwear must work with the silhouettes and trends in apparel. I particularly pay attention to the hemlines, the prints, colors, textures and notions used in apparel as well as the direction in the trouser legs (narrow, stovepipe or boot cut) because it all affects the proportion of the vamp of the shoes. The American consumer is a busy multi-tasker and shoes must be easy to wear, to clean and deliver comfort for long busy days.

6. What is next for Asgi shoe designs?

You will see more of an Italian design influence incorporated into Asgi shoes. The shoes will feature bold colors and rich textures for a sophisticated look. Through our Italian-American design collaboration we incorporate the finest materials and stylish creations.

For more information about Asgi shoes and to find a retailer near you, visit www.asgishoes.com.