Women love shoes, that’s a fact. When we were still little girls, we learned with Cinderella that the right pair of shoes can change our lives. Then we grew up and met Carrie Bradshaw and her Manolos (who remembers that episode when Carrie finds out she had spent $40.000 in shoes? We can’t blame her, can we?).
Science told us that shopping increases dopamine levels in the brain and we experience a feel-good high, just like the effect of a drug. This effect starts to disappear and change into guilt after we pay, but not with shoes. We tend to think shoes are a good purchase because we can wear them multiple times and they can upgrade any outfit, so the pleasure stays longer. And if women feel so happy with a pair of shoes, imagine us Cat Ladies finding cat shoes! It’s the supreme purrfection!
So today I decided to share with you a part of my personal shoe collection – that part that screams to the world I’m a proud Cat Lady – as an excuse to talk about some brands you can’t miss if you want cat themed shoes.
And I start with Josefinas, a Portuguese brand I love so much! It began with Filipa’s dream of producing handmade ballerinas. Then the dream came true and grew into a beautiful reality. The brand loves cats and created two pairs dedicated to them: Cheshire Cat, the ballet flats even Meghan Markle couldn’t resist, and Hazel Cat, the fluffy sneakers in pastel shades. At Josefinas they love cats so much they even allowed the little felines to visit their flagship store in New York. Samson, the biggest cat in town, was one of the visitors.
And when we talk about cat shoes we have to talk about Charlotte Olympia. The shoe designer who loves Hollywood glamour and pin-ups created (I dare to say) the most famous cat shoes in History! Her Kitty flats became a signature of the brand and an iconic piece every woman needs, Cat Lady or not!
Then there’s Miu Miu. The Spring 2014 collection is one of my favourites ever and is also an important mark for my closet: my first pair of Miu Miu shoes. On the runway I saw the magical cat everywhere from wool coats to patent leather boots, and I fell in love. But then, when the collection was about to reach the stores, I found this amazing editorial on Vogue and there they were: the Mary Janes of my dreams! I knew immediately we were meant to be together.
Last but not least is a pair from the collaboration between Karl Lagerfeld and the Brazilian brand Melissa. They feature the adorable Choupette, about whom I talked on my first post for The Cat’s Meow blog. (By the way if you love cats you’ll love this blog!)
Now tell me, which are your favourites?