Kate Bosworth's Shoe Collab Is Influenced by 'Blue Crush,' Artist Ed Ruscha

Kate Bosworth - P 2014
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Kate Bosworth - P 2014

The style-star-turned-footwear-designer tells us what we can expect from her upcoming shoe collection

Style star Kate Bosworth has stepped into the world of footwear with the Kate Bosworth x Matisse Collection, slated to debut April 1. Her spot-on aesthetic sensibility makes her a standout in today's celebrity world — her Twitter feed is more often peppered with findings from the worlds of science, art, technology and sport versus relentless, ahem, selfies. Her point of view translates effortlessly into a collection of uber-chic, eminently wearable shoes for women who want an easy, smart moment without having to think about it. The former champion equestrian's line will be manufactured in Brazil and priced from $295 to $500.

We chatted with Bosworth about her love for shoes, how they can transform a character and what inspires her when designing (20th century pop art and Blue Crush are two key influences).

Pret-a-Reporter: What can we expect to see in your shoe line?

Kate Bosworth: I’ve always been attracted to fashion that is transitional, meaning, designs that carry a woman from season to season, from day to night. That was a significant part of this collection. I wanted to think about footwear that is directional and also comfortable — very much in line with the Matisse customer. You can wear the “Charlotte" star boots with jeans for a more casual, classic ensemble or pair them with a skirt or dress for a more trendy look. Footwear should be able to transcend just one look; it should be functional in the sense that a woman can wear the shoe many different ways. That’s the type of footwear I have in my own wardrobe, and that I feel confident investing in.

What inspires you when you are designing your shoe line?

I find inspiration in so many things — art, film, to what is relevant in fashion right now or what I would like to see come back around, my own life experiences. One of my favorite artists is Ed Ruscha. His "Hot Shot" piece became my main inspiration for the “Hoyt" Boot. When I was very little, I was obsessed with collecting unique rocks and stones and this was the inspiration behind the "Wonderland" slide. The "Chadwick" and "Dawn" styles were a nod to my Blue Crush days.

Favorite pair of shoes you wore on the red carpet?

I’d say the most impressive, perfect pairing was for the Met Gala Superheroes theme in 2008. I attended the evening with Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel, and wore a beautiful beaded, multicolored vintage Chanel dress. The challenge was to find shoes that matched the dress but did not compete. The Pierre Hardy shoes I wore gave the illusion from the front that I was not wearing shoes as they had a transparent strap, but they had the perfect pairing of colors on the side.

Favorite everyday shoes?

Honestly, the KB x Matisse "Charlotte" fawn suede color with silver stars. These boots literally go with everything, from jeans and a tee to a short dress to a long skirt and sweater. I'm super proud of these shoes — they are so wearable!

When you get ready to play a character, how important are the shoes to you when you step into wardrobe?

My character's shoes are often the most informative physical detail. For example, when I shot The Warrior’s Way, my character was a girl growing up amongst men in a fantastical “carny" lifestyle — I only found the character when I put on a pair of oversized men’s shoes and actually clomped around. 

What is your favorite part of designing shoes?

That I can covet them — and then get to wear them!


"Dawn" Slides


"Sandra" Heels

"Lois" Heels

"Charlotte" Boots

"Hoyt" Boots

Photos: AP Image; Matisse Footwear