There I was, strolling down 40th Street and Seventh Avenue with Kelly, all decked out coming from our photo shoot with WWD. I suddenly heard a piercing “ding!” over the loud street noise and looked down. Shock and horror ensued. The main plaque – and focal point of the exquisite heavy-metal decoration of my fabulous Alaïa shoes (only the second time I’d worn them, mind you!) – had fallen right off, with no reason or warning.
Dejected, I dragged my feet back over to Bergdorf Goodman to discover the metal bit had just been glued on. The audacity of Alaïa! Thankfully, the salespeople were more than helpful and promptly encouraged a refund. “But how will you get home without shoes?” they asked. “I guess I have to buy a new pair!” The only real medicine for a destroyed shoe is a new one. But they had to have studs (bien sur).
Leave it to Christian Louboutin to save the day. His “Ariellita” cork wedges fit the bill. So their studs aren’t quite as studly as my faulty Alaïas, but at least their little rivets aren’t going anywhere. And they’re a fraction of the price! Shoe snobs, learn from my misfortune and beware the Alaïa shoe- she’s a teasing temptress who might break your heart.
Alaïa Embellished Leather Platform Sandals. On Net-a-Porter for $2,420.