Friday, July 13, 2007
Fashion Forward: Shoes
Ladies, say it with me, "You can never have too many shoes," but buying stylish ones shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. One designer has a solution in tonight's Fashion Forward with Seven's Diana Diaz.
WSVN -- Every woman knows the right pair of shoes can make or break an outfit, but not everyone can afford to be Imelda Marcos and have thousands of shoes. One designer has come up with a solution.
Rene Pronesti of Ermare Footwear: "Taking the average working woman from day to night with the same pair of shoes."
The shoes are called Jour & Nuit, which is French for day and night. Designer Hillary Chan Latos came up with the idea after losing her luggage.
Rene Pronesti: "She was like, 'I have to go buy new shoes now. My day, my work and fun.'"
An aerospace engineering company designed the patent pending, locking clasp, which allows you to change straps and go from a simple day look to a glittery night look.
Rene Pronesti: "It clips on for the day time, which is like maybe just a casual leather everyday shoe, and you can change it out with-- they do embellishments with stingray skins, snake skins and Swarovski crystals."
The shoes are a huge hit in Hollywood. Stars like Beyonce and Katherine Heigel have been seen in the shoes, and there is a look for anyone. Check out these brown-soled platforms for day, simple leather straps and, for night, some glitter.
Here's a black platform that changes easily to a look custom-made for a night on the town with semi precious stones.
Rene Pronesti: "So far, everyone has loved the concept."
And it's not just heels. Here's a flashy flat with gold straps for day. Add some gold metal hoops, and you're set for the evening. Kitten heels are also in. Add an eel skin strap for day. For night, Swarovski crystals in a loopy pattern.
Rene Pronesti: "They do wood soles, platforms, little kittens and leather, flexible flats, everything."
These shoes are made for walking. The designer includes travel bags in every kit, so you can take the shoes and their accessories with you.
Rene Pronesti: "She also sends a little velvet jewelry bag, so when you travel you can keep your attachments in one and also another different bag, so you can keep your shoes in the other."
Now the look doesn't come cheap. Each pair starts from around $200 on up, but keep in mind, you are getting two pairs of shoes for the price of one.