George Kotsiopoulos Dishes on His Footwear Faves

Celebrity stylist George Kotsiopoulos, whose women’s apparel line debuts on QVC this month, recently chatted with Footwear News about his shoe habits.

Number of pairs: More than 100

Brands: Alejandro Ingelmo, Birkenstock, Christian Louboutin, Converse, Ferragamo, George Esquivel, Gucci, Jil Sander, Jimmy Choo, Johnston & Murphy, Marc Jacobs, New Balance, Paul Smith, Prada, Puma, Rupert Sanderson, Saint Laurent, Teva, Valentino, Zegna

Most beloved pair: “At this moment, a Valentino black double monk strap I got at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York back in September. They’re the perfect combination of dressy and casual while still looking a little tough.”

Shoes I can’t part with: “Dolce & Gabbana combat boots and Hogan motorcycle boots. They’re both about 15 years old and have gone through cycles where I’ve worn them all the time, then put them away, then rediscovered them again.”

Most luxurious: “I’m a stylist, so 97 percent of my shoe closet is luxury brands. They’re pretty much all in the $600 to $1,200 range.”

Best evening look: “I was on the hunt for a simple, chunkier patent laceup for black-tie wear, and I finally found one at Gucci.”

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Christian Louboutin Golfito style
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Go-to sneakers: “Louboutin’s Golfito, a Puma classic in a gray-black-and-white color block and a brand-new pair of Lanvin running sneakers.”

Shopping destinations: “Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue both have fantastic menswear selections. I tend to be a different size in different brands, so I rarely shop for shoes online.”

Biggest shoe mistake: “Twenty years ago, I bought a pair of lace-up boots for $250. I was broke but obsessed with them and had to have them. Of course, I never wore them, and it made me crazy. My advice now is: Spend money on good-quality luxury shoes if you absolutely know you’ll wear them all the time.”

Favorite women’s style: “I love a sexy, classic stiletto pump or a simple strappy heel, but I’m really into flats right now. They’re more modern.”

Three must-have styles for men: “A simple but very expensive-looking black round-toe laceup with a leather sole. A brown wingtip on a heavier sole, such as a lug. Some type of Stan Smith [sneaker] in white leather.”

Dream shoe: “I need a pair of matte black crocodile Birkenstock Milanos with black hardware. Luxury designers make their version of this, but they’re not as good as the original, and certainly not as comfortable.”

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