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5 Days of Shoes: Gwen Stefani's Badass Booties

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Plus, Rita Ora rocks out in thigh-high python-print stilettos. We'd expect nothing less.

Gwen Stefani

We don't know how this mother of three consistently looks so fresh and up-to-the-minute without sacrificing her own signature style, but she does it time and time again. Her sexy steppers at New York's Jingle Ball were no exception. Pulled from her own L.A.M.B. collection, the four-and-a-quarter inch "Dayton" stiletto boots, with a ¾-inch platform and marbled rubber lug sole, were spot-on.

 

Taylor Swift

After a year of wins, Swift sat down with Barbara Walters to chat about being on the TV personality's "10 Most Fascinating People" list. During their discussion, the pop star donned a pair of Jerome C. Rousseau that we simply couldn't take our eyes off. Wearing the designer's "Diamant" black ankle booties for the second time in public, she further cemented her love for the brand. The four-and-a quarter-inch heels feature soft Nappa kidskin leather and a back ankle zip. In describing the bootie's unusual shape, Rousseau explained, "I designed it as a continuation of the layered looks I created for Tron Legacy. These layers have become signature of my label and I was keen on exploring how they work on a different silhouette. I think it's a strong look on the pointy bootie — and it looks really strong on the beautiful Taylor!"

 

Rita Ora

Rita Ora's shoes ruled this week. So much so that we had to highlight all the times she killed it with her footwear, from the ankle booties she wore at Jingle Ball to her red stilettos seen during her holiday performance in Washington. With help from her stylist, Jason Rembert, Ora is always pushing the boundaries when it comes to her style. Shoes, included.

 

Jingle Ball All Access Lounge

At the Z100's Jingle Ball All Access Lounge at Hammerstein Ballroom, Ora performed in a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti "Olinda" stiletto black booties. With channel and diamond quilted finishes, the four-and-a-half-inch, high-end moto booties feature hard zipper detailing for a fierce statement. "These boots scream 'pop star,'" noted Rembert, "The zippers, the detailing, it gives that edge. Giuseppe makes shoes that are both on trend and timeless." Added Zanotti: "Rita has always been a great Giuseppe Zanotti girl. I love when she wears my shoes as she perfectly embodies the spirit of my creations. She is a strong woman with a very specific style — she always picks stand-out pieces to complete her outfits."

 

Jingle Ball Performance

During her duet with Iggy Azalea at the Z100 Jingle Ball show, Ora donned thigh-high python printed stiletto boots with lace details in the back.  These shoes definitely had something to say, according to Rembert. "I think they say, 'I'm here. I'm confident. I'm strong.' They make you feel like you’re the baddest woman in the world." Indeed.

 

Christmas in Washington Performance

For her performance at TNT's Christmas in Washington, Ora oozed glamour in a black Ralph and Russo couture dress and black leather evening gloves. But the standout from her entire ensemble?  The Paul Andrew persimmon satin ankle strap, peep-toe stilettos with bows on the back of the heel, appropriately called the "Fatale" heels. "I was so thrilled to see Rita Ora wearing my silk 'Fatales' sandal; she looked so beautiful. I loved the vibrant, triple dyed red satin paired against her dark billowing gown," expressed designer Andrew. "The handcrafted bow on the back of the sandal adds a fun, yet chic element of fashion, perfect for the holiday season." Ora's approachable attitude to fashion makes it easy for Rembert to dress the singer in various looks, including this festive formal wear. "I think she is someone to look at when it comes to fashion because she is so unexpected — one day she is in a t-shirt and sneakers, and then the next day, full glam in a ball gown. I think Rita's range when it comes to fashion is special and something I really appreciate," he said.

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