High Notes

Talk about stage presence. No longer just red-carpet callouts, footwear designers are sharing a bit of the spotlight, as pop superstars from Beyoncé to Katy Perry perform in some of the hottest names around. Here, top shoemakers dish on why these divas rock the look.


Charlotte Olympia

Katy Perry always cranks things up a notch with her playful ensembles, like the scarlet, crystal-embellished catsuit she paired with Charlotte Olympia heels. “Katy is a postmodern pinup with an infectious irreverence,” says designer Charlotte Dellal. ($854, Charlotte Olympia, charlotteolympia.com.)

Ruthie Davis

Her toned gams get plenty of play on stage, so it’s no wonder Beyonce has turned to sky-high looks from the likes of Davis for performances. “Beyoncé is the epitome of girl power,” the designer says. “She just exudes energy, passion and confidence.” ($895, Bloomingdales.com.)

Sam Edelman

Taylor Swift stole the show in Edelman’s men’s wear-inspired oxfords, a look the designer says showcases her young and low-key style. “Taylor looks stylish but also like she’s not trying too hard. It’s American and sexy.” ($150, Nordstrom, 888.282.6060.)

Giuseppe Zanotti Design

Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson has upped the sleek factor, breaking out short skirts with killer stilettos like Zanotti’s limited edition sandal embellished with black Swarovski elements. “A perfect choice to match her sparkling and powerful personality,” the designer—and admitted music addict—says. ($1,580, Giuseppe Zanotti shops, 212.650.0455.)

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