Footwear is hitting a high note.
In anticipation of the buzzed-about 2015 release of “Pitch Perfect 2,” the film’s costume designer, Salvador Perez, is talking standout shoe moments.
“With a women director [Elizabeth Banks], there’s a lot of focus on shoes in this movie,” he said.
Perez gives Spy an exclusive look inside.
How did you update the footwear for the sequel?
SP: In the first movie, they all wore those stupid black pumps, which the girls hated. In this [film], each outfit has a story behind it. In the opening number, they wear black-and-white Oxfords, but I added Swarovski crystals. The girls were gaga over them.
Was dancing a factor for the shoe choices?
SP: I always think women are better in a heel, but for the dance performances, we put them in a wedge sneaker. We have Nike, and the finale is Adidas. And of course I added rhinestones, because crystals make everything better.
Did you have a favorite actress to work with?
SP: I really love Anna Kendrick’s everyday rock ‘n’ roll style. She’s always wearing ankle boots, a lot of Frye. She might wear the most basic t-shirt, but the shoes are always great.
What was it like working with Elizabeth Banks?
SP: Her character is this overdone woman. Most actors sit in slippers until the last minute. What I love about Elizabeth Banks is that even when directing, she wore heels. It shows what a true diva she is: She understands that you carry yourself differently [in high heels].