Joss Stone’s Good Taste

R&B musician Joss Stone is taking what she’s learned on the road and using it to create footwear.

Stone has teamed with Jones Apparel Group Inc. to design a tall boot (the Stone, for $209) and an ankle style (the Osojoss, $149) for the Nine West Vintage America collection, set to hit stores next month. Stone described the shoes as versatile and able to go from a casual afternoon to a night on the town.

“Creative ideas are always flowing through my mind, and I’ve sketched all sorts of shoe designs for years just for fun,” said Stone. “We used my tattoos as the inspiration to get our creativity flowing. The design details and hidden touches add a very [playful] element to the footwear.”

Outside the footwear realm, Stone will tour in Europe later this year with Solomon Burke, and the sometimes-actress also is starring in a James Bond video game. Then, just for fun, she’s planning to climb a mountain in the Himalayas.

Here, the songstress speaks with Footwear News about her musical heroes, her idea of relaxation and the best way to get a good laugh.

My musical icon …
“Lauryn Hill is someone I’ve long admired. She’s very inspiring.”

Favorite way to relax:
“A pina colada in the sun.”

Most interesting hotel you’ve stayed in:
“After touring for a while they all tend to blend together. There have been some very funky and fun ones, but when you move around that often it’s really just a bed and a shower.”

If you weren’t a musician, what would you do?
“I’d love to be a midwife.”

Fantasy duet partner:
Dusty Springfield. “I’ve always loved singing her music — to perform with her would have been amazing.”

Item you never leave home without:
“I always have to have my lip balm with me.”

Best summertime activity:
“Relaxed picnics on the beach.”

Last movie you saw:

Best workout song:
“At the moment, any song on Phantom Limbs’ album, ‘Phantom Limb.’”

Where to go for a good laugh:
“Call my friend Paul. He’s hilarious and always puts me in a good mood.”

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