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In Her Shoes: A Chat With 'Grey's Anatomy' Actress Camilla Luddington

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The British beauty reveals her dream heels and the shoes she thinks men look best in.

Camilla Luddington, while a relatively new talent, has definitely caught our eye when it comes to her sartorial style. Not afraid to mix colors or materials and known to throw in winged eyeliner, she first came to our attention in 2011 when she was cast as Kate Middleton in the Lifetime movie William and Kate.

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Since then, she's become a series regular on Grey's Anatomy as Jo, the tomboy-ish resident with a difficult past, and Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider video game. Her red-carpet appearances are always an adventurous mix of textures, colorful prints and incredible detail, and she's rocked everything from short minis to demure midis. We caught up with her at the TV Upfronts in New York last week, where she walked the carpet in a stunning blue jumpsuit.

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What shoes did you wear at Upfronts this year? 

I wore a pair of black suede Christian Louboutins and a pair of Gianvito Rossi wedges. The wedges were perfect, as I needed extra height to wear a long jumpsuit, and they were also easy to walk in! 

What is your favorite pair of shoes you've worn for a role, and why? 

My favorite pair of shoes I've worn for a role would have to be the brown Vera Wang combat boots that Jo wears in her everyday life away from the hospital on Grey's Anatomy. I love them because they are also something I would wear in my everyday life. I wore ballet flats the first season I was on the show — then I spoke with our wardrobe department asking for something less "girly." It felt like Jo was a little too tomboy for a ballet flat, and the combat boots were more suited to her and her personality. 

In the ER, Jo wears gray slip-on Skechers with her scrubs. I've gone through a few types of sneakers with her and I like those the best because they are the lightest and also feel like a sock. They are great shoes for running in ER scenes. 

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What shoes do you prefer on the opposite sex? 

I like Converse on a guy. I can't stand flip-flops or anything too over the top, flashy or bright. Nothing too bulky. I'm a Converse girl myself, so I feel like we can bond over our love of simplicity and comfort. 

What is your all-time favorite pair of shoes you've wore for a red-carpet event? 

I wore patent leather neon orange — I think they were McQueen — to Comic Con a few years ago to promote Tomb Raider. I loved them because they were the boldest color I had ever worn, and I wanted to wear something fun to match the event. It went perfectly with a comic book neon-graphic top I wore and black jeans. I think Comic Con pushes you to have a little more fun and be playful. Everyone else is dressed in cosplay...it would feel weird to wear something boring when you're standing next to a Khaleesi!

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What shoes do you want to be buried in?

I was given a pair of custom-designed heels in London that resembled the iconic ruby slippers. I don't wear them, I just have them showcased on a shelf in my closet. But maybe since the Wizard of Oz was always my favorite movie, I would want to wear something magical.

What shoes do you wear when you're recording Lara Croft?

There are two answers to this question. When I film motion capture I have to wear mocap shoes, which are black sneakers covered in felt with the round-ball "markers" attached to them. When I record voiceover I can wear what I want, so I wear mid-calf black Fiorentini + Baker boots. I'm standing on my feet for four hours straight, so I need to be comfortable, and boots are what she wears, so they help me get into character. It would feel weird recording a running scene and I'm standing in a pair of heels.

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Favorite shoes?

I have so many! But I own a pair of nude and gold Manolo Blahniks that not only look gorgeous but are the most comfortable heels to wear. I feel like they have extra padding on the ball of the foot.

My dream is to one day afford a real pair of ruby slippers. For me they will always be the ultimate shoe.


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