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And the Oscar goes to… Lanalia Shoes!

March 2, 2010

The Oscars are just days away and like many film buffs, I am getting excited. Will my favorites be recognized or will the Academy ignore popularity and go for esoteric value? Only time will tell!

For me, one of the best parts of the Oscars is the red carpet walk. Who’s hot? Who’s not? Who so completely missed the mark that I’m surprised they got out of the limo?!

I absolutely love to see the fabulous designer gowns, jewels and shoes. (I guess I never fully left the pageant girl in me behind!) But as lovely as the gowns and gems are, for me, one thing that differentiates the well-dressed from the perfectly-dressed are the fabulous, over-the-top shoes. I was recently contacted by Lanalia Shoes and now I know where all those gorgeous red carpet heels originate!

Lanalia Shoes are like wearable works of art. These exquisite creations are hand-sewn and handmade of the finest materials – right in the heart of Los Angeles by a creative team with over 80 years of handmade shoe making experience, collectively!

Some of my favorites include the Jessica (pictured). Although I think that the metallic leather is an interesting option (and slightly hipper than silver or gold) the Jessica is available in custom colors for just the perfect look. Also, as shown the heel height is 4 ½ inches, but the shoe can also be crafted with varying heel heights (just in case you have a short date!). $280

I also love the Alba (pictured). No stranger to clear shoes (all those years of pageants, after all) the Alba takes the traditional clear shoe to a whole new level. In addition to a lovely Swarovski® stone on vinyl strap, the 4 ½” heels are absolutely encrusted with Swarovski® crystals. Perfect with a strategically simple dress and piles of jewels from Harry Winston! $425

Finally, the Zoe (pictured) is the ultimate in sparkle, with over 3,000 hand-set Swarovski® crystals! The 5 ½” heels make your legs look fabulous. And, lest you think these heels will make you suffer for your style, the Zoe (and every Lanalia shoe) has a full-length cushion of Poron, a NASA-created high-density cushioning material that adds built-in arch support. $669

Lanalia Shoes has so many other styles, plus customization, you are sure to find the perfect heels for your own red carpet walk, wedding or charity gala.

Maybe I can’t give them a golden statuette, but Lanalia Shoes wins my personal award for Best Shoes!

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and social activist. In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for Style on a WHIM, It’s how you play the game!, and Success Won’t Wait!


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