For Isa Tapia, there is no such thing as too many shoes. The designer collects everything from vintage Louboutins to Valentino, Nike and Stan Smith sneakers.
Here, Tapia shares her shoe preferences and tackles the FN 3.
1. How many pairs do you personally own?
“Around 500 pairs in my personal collection. I love other brands and have collected some great pieces. I have Valentino rock studs [from] some years ago. I don’t wear them anymore, but I still cherish them because they were the first pair of kitten heels I found with attitude and sex appeal — and I was sold. I love everything Maria and Pierpaolo are doing with the accessories right now; they are always on point. I have some Louboutins from his early days, especially when he was doing the ‘sweet but tough’ look so well. There some brands I go to for specific things over and over again: Lanvin for stretch flats, Hermès for slides and Nike and Adidas for sneakers. The Stan Smith is a great white canvas that goes with everything in your wardrobe. Celine also does some great basics.”
2. Heels or flats?
“Both, depending on my mood. I actually end up spending most of my day barefoot when I’m in the studio because I’m trying something on or playing with new patterns. I’m a sample size — how convenient! I love to wear mid-heels and block heels lately. I think now that in in my 30s, I strive for comfort and for shoes I can move around in all day unless I have an event or dinner to attend.”
3. If you were a shoe, what shoe would you be?
“I would be my Clement flat because it embodies everything I am as a brand. It’s colorful and comfortable, while still being elegant and refined. Also, it’s as easy to wear during the day with your jeans as it is with a gown at night. It comes in an array of colors and variations that adapt to my mood, like black snake with black suede, fun silver party glitter and satin and in summery variations of transparent polka dots.”
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