Inside Mercedes Cotchery’s Closet

Inside Mercedes Cotchery's Closet
Mercedes Cotchery

Mercedes Cotchery is not your typical football fan. 

She is, after all, often seen at New York Jets games in sky-high Jimmy Choo pumps, cheering on her wide-receiver husband, Jerricho Cotchery. Though sports and fashion rank high in her life, the 30-year-old North Carolina native has also turned her attention to philanthropy. 

Cotchery launched the Mrs. Cotchery’s Girl Club — an offshoot of the California-based youth development program called 180 RESH (Raising Expectation, Standards and Honor) — in 2008 and has parlayed it into a co-ed program encouraging elementary students to think about career options after high school.

“We want them to be able to evaluate themselves and [think about] what they want to do,” she said, noting that she and her husband have acted as mentors in the program. “[The foundation] structures your life in such a way that it’s impossible not to have success. It has [even] helped me become extremely organized.”

Cotchery admitted that those skills have come in handy when arranging a closet full of luxe heels and boots. “I organized them by season and color,” she said. “But after you take out a couple pairs, they start to get [messy].”
 
Pairs owned: About 50

Brands owned: Prada, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and Nine West, among others

Game-day footwear: Heels. “I will wear my nicer shoes to games, and Jimmy Choo has been pretty comfortable, but it really depends on what matches my outfit.”

Oldest pair: Nine West pumps from college

Biggest splurge: $1,200 on a pair of black suede, thigh-high Casadei boots detailed with satin around the top and sole. “That’s probably the most I’ll ever pay, but they are the hottest shoes I have ever seen.”

Most important feature in a shoe: “The look. I sacrifice comfort often.”

Favorite workout brand: Reebok. “I don’t work out that often, though, so I don’t even have a pair of workout shoes right now.”

Husband’s choice: Heels with lace details from Madewell and a pair of brown, over-the-knee boots from Jimmy Choo. “[Sometimes he’ll] pick out something and I won’t like it, but then I wear it and everyone compliments me.”

Do you do your husband’s shoe shopping, too? Sometimes. “It depends on whether he needs a pair of shoes for a [specific] outfit. He usually buys sneakers or loafers to go with casual outfits. [I guess I’m in charge of] buying his more dressy shoes.”

All-time favorite pair: Tan Prada boots with circular cutouts. “I’m in love, and I haven’t even worn them yet. They are my newest, most favorite pair of shoes and are so cute.”

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