Betsey Johnson’s Runway Shoe Highlights

Betsey Johnson turns 73 today, yet she still manages to hop down her runways doing cartwheels and splits. The quirky, over-the-top designer has been at work since the 1960s after she won a contest to guest-edit “Mademoiselle” magazine and subsequently became a designer at clothing boutique Paraphernalia.

This past weekend, Johnson offered up more than 10,000 pieces of clothing from her personal collection at a yard sale at her home in East Hampton, New York. She recently announced that she’s moving to California to be closer to her family.

Johnson is known for her fun and wild runway shows, and her footwear is made to match. The designer is a fan of bright colors, prints, glitter, and studs. At her spring ’15 show, she showed hot-pink platform sandals with bow embellishments that were worn with sheer white lace socks underneath.

The designer has shown plenty of fun booties over the years. For fall ’14, Johnson showed croc-print platform booties and gold studded pointy-toe ankle booties. At the spring ’13 show, the designer showed black lace-up peep-toe booties. For spring ’12, the models donned bright lace-up chunky booties with glitter platforms and heels.

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