Like father, like daughters. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s daughters — Jilly Lagasse and Jessie Lagasse Swanson — have been busy in the kitchen themselves. The two just released their second cookbook, “The Lagasse Girls’ Big Flavor, Bold Taste & No Gluten,” targeting the growing gluten-free market.
When the two are on kitchen duty, they opt for functional yet comfortable footwear. Jilly Lagasse prefers a pair of Nike Dunk sneakers, while her sister is loyal to Dansko. “My father always wore them,” said Jessie Lagasse Swanson. “When we were younger and helped him at cooking events, the first things he got us were a chef coat and clogs.”
The two are not about to give up on comfort in their downtime, either, relying on driving mocs or flip-flops.
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Here, the sisters compare footwear wardrobes and reveal their favorite shopping haunts.
Jessie Lagasse Swanson
Number of pairs owned: 57
Brands: Bruno Magli, Chaco, Dansko, Ferragamo, Merrell, New Balance and Tod’s, among others.
Personal style: “I have two small boys, so we’re always outside. My go-to these days is a Chaco flip-flop in neon purple and green. In winter, it’s a Merrell slip-on or my Tod’s driving shoes.”
Kitchen duty: “I always have my Dansko clogs in black on hand. Their support is unsurpassed, while black helps hide nasty kitchen spills. And they’re cute.”
Favorite occasion look: “Bruno Magli pumps I bought in Italy 15 years ago.”
Most comfortable pair: Tod’s driving mocs.
Most uncomfortable pair: “I bought Donald J Pliner dark brown booties years ago with a too-high heel.”
Most expensive pair: “Black Prada booties. I bought three pairs, and together they were $300.”
Least expensive pair: “A brandless pair of ballet flats I bought at Marshall’s on sale for under $10.”
Favorite store for shoe shopping: “I hit the outlets. I love Ferragamo and Cole Haan.”
Number of pairs owned: “A modest 37. With traveling and constantly moving, I’ve scaled down my wardrobe. I focus on things I need, peppered with a few fun pairs I wear twice a year.”
Brands: “I have a bit of Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Frye, Chanel and Christian Louboutin. I also have practical styles from Steve Madden, Nine West, Fit Flops and even a fun, cheap pair from Shoedazzle.com. And I have an obscene amount of Nike, Adidas, Vans and Reebok.”
Personal style: “I’m a sneaker girl. I love to throw on a pair of Adidas, Vans or Reebok. Whenever I travel, it’s Nike Wedge Dunk all the way.”
Kitchen duty: “I love wearing my Nike Dunks. It’s all the things you need in a work shoe.”
Favorite occasion style: “Anything by Dolce & Gabbana.”
Most comfortable pair: “A skull-and-crossbones pair of Vans I’ve had for 10 years. They’ve been all over the world with me.”
Most uncomfortable pair: “An amazing pair of Jimmy Choo tan, patent leather, basket-weave flats.”
Most expensive pair: “I have the most yummy pair of satin-and-jewel Dolce & Gabbana heels. Originally, they were 520 British pounds, but I stalked them at a Boxing Day Sale at Selfridges and got them for 165.”
Least expensive pair: “Flip-flops I bought in Mumbai for about 90 cents. This sweet lady was selling things by the side of the road with her little ones. It’s a lovely travel memory.”
Favorite store for shoe shopping: “In the U.S., Saks, Bloomingdale’s and TJ Maxx. New York has an overload of fab shoe stores and boutiques, so I just poodle around and see what I find. In New Orleans, I go to Sports Plus on Canal Street for all the latest trainers. In London, it’s Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Topshop and Office. I also go to TK Maxx, [the U.K. version of TJ Maxx], where I find interesting shoes no one here will have.”