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.


In the early 90s I was a Twin Peaks freak. . . and secretly in love with Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), the quirky FBI agent who comes to town to investigate the murder of Laura Palmer. Granted, most detectives don’t have the benefit of psychic dreams featuring a backwards-talking midget to help solve cases. But there is a lot that investigators can learn from the (sadly) fictional Agent Cooper’s unconventional methods.  Read more

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