There’s no wonder why Neil J. Rodgers’ new Red Carpet Collection is a fitting title: Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams and Naomie Harris are among the A-listers who’ve stepped out in his new range of heels.
The celebrity stylist-turned-footwear designer launched the range Jan. 2 with the awards season in mind. Of course, Rodgers tapped into his past experience dolling up Beyoncé, Anna Kendrick and Gisele Bundchen, when he developed the line of heeled sandals inspired by the needs of stylists and their famous clients: variety, comfort and beauty.
“A lot of times we’ve had a beautiful shoe that went well with a dress, but it wasn’t comfortable,” Rodgers explained to Footwear News. “In terms of availability, a lot of the time I’d go to a showroom and the sizes were very limited, so what we did was made sure we had a good run for red carpet pulls. A lot of times there would be a great dress but no shoe to match, so we introduced dye-ables in three styles for stylists to be able to dye the shoes to match the dress exactly.”
The sleek shoes are manufactured in Italy and utilize innovative treatments that enhance comfort, with hybrid foam rubber cushioning strategically incorporated at the toe beds. They’re available in black, nude, silver and gold, with luxe fabrications that include satin, metallic leather and suede. Prices range from $595 to $775 online.
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“Stella is the most popular (style) with stilettos,” Rodgers said. “Lupita, Naomie Harris (have worn them), and Amy Adams wore it in platinum.”
Rodgers also has collections that include pumps and booties. Some other stars who’ve also donned his heels include Daisy Ridley, Sarah Paulson and Jane Fonda.
“The feedback we’re getting is that they are comfortable and appropriate for the red carpet because they aren’t screaming for attention, but they are beautiful enough to be photographed on celebrities,” Rodgers added.
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