August 30 2014

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If the Shoe Fits


Who will get the boot next on the Footwear News Shoe Star competition? That’s up to Vera Wang, who will serve as a judge for the reality web series’ Bridal Challenge. Four remaining contestants (out of the original six FIT students chosen for the show) will design a pair of wedding shoes for one of Wang’s bridal clients, Elizabeth Aguilar, who also contributes to the verdict, alongside FN editorial director Michael Atmore. “There’s such a specificity needed to be a shoe designer,” said Wang (a professed reality-TV diehard). “It isn’t only about your vision. You have to think about the client—they need to be able to dance the night away without worrying about their feet, so the shoe has to have function.” As far as her own tastes go, Wang likes anything that breaks a few rules. “You see so many young brides thinking outside the box now with gowns in charcoal gray, degrade or straight off the runway. The shoes should push that envelope, too.”

The Bridal Challenge webisode will air on in three installations, on April 18th, 25th, and May 2nd.

Photo: Christian Grattan / Courtesy of Footwear News

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