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5 Days of Shoes: Iggy Azalea's High-Performance Prada Kicks

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Also spotted wearing booties: Lily Allen in a pair from Marc by Marc Jacobs

Iggy Azalea ruled the stage in a pair of chunky-heeled lace-up Prada ankle booties for her aerobic performance at Austin City Limits. She styled the four-inch kicks with flesh fishnets, while her backup dancers wore a similar style with a contrasting white sole from Shoedazzle. Alejandra Hernandez, Azalea's stylist, who owns the L.A. boutique Virgo Downtown, said they chose the Prada shoes because they "have a very sporty element to them, so she can easily run around the stage without slipping and falling.… They have rubber soles and are high enough in the ankle to give good support. Offstage, Iggy likes daintier, girlier shoes, but these are really great to perform in."

 

Shailene Woodley (Photo: NBC)

While promoting her latest film, White Bird in a Blizzard, on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last Wednesday night, Shailene Woodley donned a tuxedo-inspired gray suit and Ruthie Davis “Isabelle” booties. These architectural four-inch shoes feature a rose gold stiletto heel, open cutwork and side-ankle buckles, showcasing a sense of fierce femininity. Weighing in on the design, Davis explained, "When I designed this bootie, I was inspired by a girl who, while elegant and feminine, has an edgy, gamine quality. I used classic high-shine leather that you find on a men’s oxford dress shoe but the silhouette is pretty and sleek with an ultra-pointy toe and exposed heel, adding a more masculine buckle and strap that looks almost like a belt, but soft rose gold metal with my signature mini studs on it."

 

Kristen Stewart (Photo: WENN Photos/Newscom)

Kristen Stewart landed at LAX last week, sporting a pair of classic Vans "Era" skater kicks in black. She is known for often switching out her stilettos for sneakers on the red carpet, and we conjecture she is probably quite happy to see the shoe style spectrum swinging toward the latter. We caught up with Angie Dita, Vans head designer for women, who said, "It's great to see a young talent who can mix high fashion with beloved laid-back pieces and remain true to her personal style." We couldn’t agree more.

 

Cara Delevingne (Photo: DKNY)

Cara Delevingne, undoubtedly fashion's hottest style influencer of the moment, stood out in the rain on the roof of Bloomingdale’s to launch her new line, Cara D for DKNY, last Saturday in New York. The 15-piece capsule collection was designed by Delevigne herself, who also wrote her own press release and cast the ad campaign and commercial. For the launch, the multi-talented model donned a chunky side-zip buckle-strapped black DKNY "Cala" wedge sneaker, fully embracing her signature sporty side via shoe.

 

Lily Allen (Photo: REX USA/MediaPunch Inc)

On a rainy New York night last Monday, fashion luminaries came out to celebrate the Chanel No. 5 The Film, directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film premiere drew quite a crowd including the film’s star, Gisele Bundchen, and the inimitable Lily Allen. Sporting a Chanel multicolor crocheted frock from the label's cruise 2015 collection and a Chanel fall 2014 caramel quilted bag (clutched in a hand sporting a custom Chanel manicure that set the interwebs abuzz), Allen paired her outfit with Marc by Marc Jacobs Chelsea boots. These black lug-sole platform boots are one of the many chunky shoe looks that are sweeping the red carpet this fall, and Allen had a very practical reason for choosing them. "I wanted to wear a pair of my own and only had two pairs with me because I didn’t want to check a bag — so it was either them or Jordans," explained Allen. Will functionality start to rule the red carpet in footwear? Here's to seeing what unfolds as we head into the end of the year.

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