April 21, 2014 catherinetownsend

THE shoe detective

039152730003-027_1An occupational hazard of being an investigator is constantly changing my look. Possibly the biggest challenge? Finding footwear that can go from digging through garbage to an A-list party.

Since my Alaia six-inch python stilettos aren’t exactly practical on duty, I’ve turned into The Shoe Detective.

As a Twin Peaks freak, my favorite shoe right now is the Nicholas Kirkwood zig-zag leather pump (available at Net-a-Porter and Neiman Marcus for $750).

They have a rose-gold heel, and the height is a manageable 3 1/2 inches. These would be perfect to rock in court, or wear to a client meeting.

But what if I need to make a fast getaway?

36840.1.detailHigh-end designers are offering some amazing snakeskin print slip-on sneakers – but instead of dropping $750 on the Lanvin version from Barneys or almost $2k for the Rick Owens version, I picked up a pair of knock-offs by Report at Macys for $30 (they are currently on NastyGal for $48).

These are definitely my new ‘go-to’ everyday shoe: Smart enough to pair with trousers, while at the same time flat enough to break into a run.

Bonus: If my travels take me through mud, bushes or a crime scene, faux-leather is much easier to clean.

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