Arielle Vandenberg, the social media personality and star of Rebecca Minkoff’s holiday campaign, shares the secrets to her effortlessly cool shoe style.
BRAND MIX: “I have a large amount of Converse and Nike because I’m all about comfort. Most of my shoes are black leather boots: heeled versions, flats, laceups, zippers. I have so many black boots they are taking over my closet. R13 boots are amazing and my go-to.”
CLOSET ORGANIZATION STRATEGY: “I’m actually a freak. I have individual see-through boxes of the styles that I don’t wear every day. Boots and tennis shoes are right next to each other.”
FIRST DESIGNER PURCHASE: “Phillip Lim boots with a giant heel. I was obsessed. I’ve had them for nine years. I also splurged on the YSL heels that everyone had. I had to have those.”
CURRENT OBSESSION: “The Rihanna [Fenty shoes] for Puma. The Creepers are so comfortable, and they make every outfit cool. I have three different colors, including white patent leather. They are so fun and make anything a little more funky. I don’t like the word funky, but I’m going to use it here.”
FAVORITE PAIR OF SHOES TO WEAR ON SET: “I have Chelsea Paris simple black strappy heels that I wear to almost every audition. They are pretty, and I’ve worn those a lot on set before.”
HIGHEST PAIR OF HEELS: “I do have some very high heels. I’m a tall person, so they make me like an Amazon. My tallest heels are 6 inches, by Giuseppe Zanotti. I remember buying them and being like, “Oh, I’m Lady Gaga.’ ”
CELEBRITY WHOSE SHOE CLOSET I’D LIKE TO RAID: “Kristen Stewart, because she only wears Converse.”
LAST PAIR PURCHASED: “Alexander Wang ankle booties with a little cut-out heel.”
GO-TO SNEAKERS: “Definitely Converse sneakers. I wear them out at night.”
MOST DARING LOOK: “I don’t wear them often, but I have blue patent leather shoes. I’ve kept them in my closet for so long. They are beautiful and look like alligator skin. They are from Santoni’s Rose collection. I swear it says No. 2 of a 26 limited edition.”
BEST REBECCA MINKOFF STYLES: “She has some ankle boots that are so comfortable and cute. I love all the leopard shoes. She also has these little loafers that [I’m a fan of].”
SHOES I ALWAYS PACK FOR TRAVEL: “Black boots by Hope. I take them everywhere because you can wear them with dresses and jeans and shorts. They are not too much; they are so simple. I pack them for every trip, and they don’t get messed up in your bag.”
PAIR I COULD NEVER PART WITH: “I keep going back to stupid Converse. There are these Converse I’ve had since high school — they are navy blue. The best blue ever.”
Click here to watch Vandenberg in Minkoff’s “Holiday My Way” campaign.