Katy Perry presented her new line of Katy Perry Shoes in an Amazon Live video on Wednesday — like QVC but for the streaming age. The singer and American Idol judge broke down her design inspiration and process with her head designer Selena McCartney, and chic guests including Paige DeSorbo (Bravo’s Summer House) and fashion influencer Ellenor Kim (of Spreadfashion) who demonstrated how they’d style the new shoes. While you may not think that the pop star whose most famous looks include whipped cream and rocket launcher bras, would put much stock in comfort when designing accessories, she said in the Live video that, especially as a new mom, she does not “have time” for uncomfortable shoes.
“I won’t name names, but there is a shoe designer, who is male, and supposedly their shoes are not comfortable, and supposedly they said something like heels let women stand in place and enjoy the scenery a little more,” Perry dished. “We don’t have time to enjoy the scenery! We create the scenery!” (We think she was probably referring an infamous Christian Louboutin interview, in which he said he said he does not think about comfort when he designs, and in fact, shoes that “stop you running” is actually a “positive.”)
But just because they’re comfortable doesn’t mean Perry has given up her playful signature. The new line includes nostalgic jelly sandals, sneakers with a cherry pattern, and a colorful rainbow mule that she said was inspired in part by her fans. “This glittery rainbow — because each and every one of you make up a wonderful rainbow that is full of light and love and happiness,” Perry said.
But her main inspiration for this collection, according to Perry, was a recent trip to Egypt. “I ended up going with a few of my friends and just had the most incredible, magical, mentally stimulating time, learning and floating down the Nile and of course being with friends and families and loved ones,” she said.
Here are some of our favorites from the star’s latest collection on Amazon.
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1. The Marcy Mule
We love this padded slide, with a low heel and rounded toe which is both comfortable and easy to wear and style. The shoe comes in four different colors, but we especially like the beaded rainbow pattern which Perry noted as one of the patterns inspired by her fans, and adds a playful touch to a classic shoe.
2. The Jimmi Flat Sandal
A lot of Perry’s designs include cheeky references to some of her classic jams — looks that “stop traffic and start conversations,” she said — like this watermelon pattern on her Jimmi Flat Sandal. “This is a real hang-by-the-pool, barbecue party slide. I love it,” she noted in the livestream, and we agree. This easy sandal comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, from daisies to silver mesh, but we particularly like the whimsical watermelon.
3. The Rizzo Sneaker
As long as we’re still styling sneakers with everything from sundresses to jumpsuits (and we are), why not switch up your usual chucks for a fun Katy Perry version. We’ve highlighted the cherry pattern — “to go with your cherry chapstick,” said Perry — but we’re also fans of styles featuring rainbows, stars, and glittery leopard print.
4. The Tarin Mule
While we’re particularly drawn to the more colorful designs in this collection, the Katy Perry shoes also include some more neutral styles, like these pointed mules. Though understated, the tan color gets a contrasting pop from the metallic gold, and, just like sneakers, pair well with everything.
5. The Geli-Flip Flop
We love these jellies because they are reminiscent of childhood without being too literally childlike. The jelly sandal definitely has a nostalgic vibe to it, but the neutral tone and conservative use of gemstones make it suitable for adults. It was one of Ellenor Kim’s picks from the line, and she said she wore them nearly every day on a recent vacation.
6. The Luv Flat Sandal
You can’t beat a simple gladiator for an all-summer basic sandal. The gladiator’s strappy style can sometimes seem more trouble than its worth, as Perry acknowledges, saying if she sees too many complicated straps on a shoe she often doesn’t even bother to try it on. With this in mind, this sandal is designed with a buckled strap and little in the way of complicated wrapping.