As a stylist to pro ballers and other individuals in the sports industry, Wilson has to be chic on the go. “I’d say my closet is about 60 percent heels and 40 percent sneakers,” said the 26-year-old Toronto native.
Wilson originally got into styling while covering fashion trends in the NBA for Canadian-sports network The Score, where she could satisfy two of her interests: “I’m a real geek for sports and fashion,” she said.
Still, Wilson always thought she’d end up in front of the camera. “I was always really into fashion, but I never thought of it as a career growing up,” said the stylist, who now runs her own fashion consulting business and counts professional basketball player Chris Douglas Roberts as one of her top clients.
Here, Wilson dishes on the best and worst of her own shoe closet.
Pairs owned: About 100
Favorite brands: Christian Louboutin, Jeffrey Campbell, Jordan, Nike
Best places to shop: “In Toronto, I usually go to Holt Renfrew, which is kind of our Saks Fifth Avenue. I also like Jeffrey in Manhattan and Oak in Brooklyn, N.Y.”
Highest heel: Five inches. “I’m 5-foot-2, so I usually have to wear them when I’m working with tall athletes.”
Most paid for a pair of sneakers: $200 for a pair of Jordan Retro 11s. “I bought them at Flight Club in New York, and because it was a kids’ size, I’m lucky that’s the most I’ve paid for a pair of sneakers.”
Ideal look for men: “It really depends on the guy. In Toronto, where it snows a lot, the best footwear for men would be a good pair of Red Wing boots. They beat up very well. They’re pretty versatile, and it’s a great way to complete a look.”
Go-to pair for travel: Three-inch leopard-print Jeffrey Campbell wedges. “What’s great about them is they slip off and on so easily and they’re dressy enough that I can wear them with a good outfit and with something casual. And they don’t have any metal on them so I don’t have to worry when I’m going through security. They go with me everywhere.”
Most comfortable: “The most comfortable pair are my Nike Air Max 90s. If I’m running errands or just hanging out, usually I go to those because I can log a lot of minutes in them.”
Worst shoe trend for women: “It’s definitely Uggs. They’re good for the beach in Australia, so let’s keep them there.”
Shoe regret: “For the most part, I’m pretty happy with all my purchases. The only thing I regret is when my feet hurt. I can’t wear my Louboutins a lot because they’re not very comfortable and I usually work a 12- to 14-hour day.”