Betsey Johnson: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Designer

2015 CFDA Awards
At the 2015 CFDA Awards — where she picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award —designer Betsey Johnson did her signature splits on the red carpet while wearing studded sneakers.
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Betsey Johnson may be known for her energy and signature splits on the runway, but her shoe closet is pretty impressive, too.

The designer was honored earlier this year with the Geoffrey Beane Lifetime Achievement Award at the CFDAs.

Here, Footwear News takes a look inside her shoe closet and brings you some fun facts.

1. Johnson has a few favorite shoes brands outside of her own.
“My favorite shoes are Azzedine Alaia, Giuseppe Zanotti, Vivienne Westwood — and my bling-bling styles from my own line!”

Giuseppe Zanotti MTV VMAs Red Carpet Shoes Giuseppe Zanotti Anne sandals. GiuseppeZanotti.com.

2. You will most often find her in flats or barefoot.
“I am in flats these days or I’m barefoot. My favorite shoes at the moment are slippers.”

3. Johnson’s first fashion job was in publishing.

After studying at the Pratt Institute, Johnson interned at Mademoiselle magazine.

 

4. If the designer were a shoe, she would be a slipper.

“I would be a big, comfy, cozy sherpa-lined leopard faux-fur slipper. That has been my vibe lately.”

5. Before founding her namesake line, Johnson ran Alley Cat.

The designer took over the label, which was was popular with musicians, in the early 1970s.

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