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April 24 2014

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According to reports, Blake Lively walked away from a Christian Louboutin sample sale recently with 40 pairs in tow. She came clean at last night’s 24th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards. “Like any addict, the first step is admitting the problem,” Lively, in Prabal Gurung and black and white Louboutin booties, said. “I’ve ordered so many pairs that I should be institutionalized!” That being the case, who better to present the designer with this year’s Person of the Year award? (And why Person of the Year versus Designer of the Year, an award which went to Brian Atwood? Louboutin himself wasn’t entirely sure. “I was in the car today actually thinking about [it],” he said. “I had to think deeply, which rarely happens to me.” Person or designer, when it comes to process, Louboutin keeps it simple. “For me, it always starts with a pen and a piece of paper.” It ends, if last night was any indication, with red soles clacking everywhere.)

Among the Louboutin-clad army last night was Jessica Alba, on hand to present Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes with the Brand of the Year award. (She deemed her studded black CL pumps “hardcore.”) Her footwear fixation, she revealed, seems to run in the family. “She is obsessed with shoes,” Alba, in a natty D&G suit, said of her daughter, Honor. “It’s a little bit of a problem. She tries to wear her plastic high heels out and we’re like, ‘No.’ She can wear them in the house and that’s it.”

Honor would have been in like-minded company last night. There wasn’t a pair of kitten heels, much less flats, in the house, all of which suited Atwood just fine. “I do try and make it comfortable, but I like them high,” Atwood, who celebrated afterward with an intimate fête at Jimmy at the James Hotel, said. “Everything is lifted and it puts a little strut in your step,” he explained. Olivia Palermo, who accompanied Emerging Talent Award winner Charlotte Dellal (and was wearing her shoes), was in the same camp. “The higher the better!”

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  1. CaeliNYC_dot_com says:

    i want my 40 pairs too…