First things first – who are you? What do you do, and where do you live?
Hi! I’m Carla – a wife, a mom to two gorgeous dogs, and a doctor (radiologist). We just moved to South Florida, but i was originally born in the Philippines, moved to NYC when I was 12, and spent last year in Northern California for my fellowship. Obviously i’m a shopaholic specializing in Louboutins (LOL!), but other things I love to do are travel and scuba dive.
You have the most freaking AMAZING shoe collection ever. When did you start collecting shoes, and what was your first pair of “special shoes”? What’s the state of your collection now?
Thank you! I’ve always been into shoes as far as I can remember (even as a little girl), but it wasn’t until 2008 that I started seriously collecting Louboutins. I had always admired them from afar, but was afraid of the heel height.
So funny because back then to me. 100 mm (4 inches) was high… now I rarely buy anything less than a 140 mm heel, and my highest heel height is now 160 mm (Daffodiles, they are surprisingly comfy!)
My first very special pair would probably be my Purple Lizard Very Prive… and now I have 57 pairs of Louboutins. I’m not counting my non-Louboutin flats and other heels, but I don’t have very many of those. As you can see from the family shot… what can i say about my collection? It is definitely not basic!
Can you share a little more about how you buy and choose your shoes?
1. I buy what I love.
2. I have a thing for exotics.
3. I have a thing for colors.
4. I have very few “classic” basic shoes.
5. It’s about the quality, not the quantity… I may not have the most shoes, but I think each pair is pretty damn special (and rare!)
What are your favorite pairs of shoes?
This is tough because it’s like asking if you have a favorite child! Haha… I do have some very special pairs that I will mention:
1. Purple Lizard Very Prive. First exotic ever purchased… and I ADORE purple. I still remember the anxiety and stress over getting this pair because there was a long waitlist and I wasn’t sure if they would call me, as I didn’t have a regular sales associate (SA) at the time. But I got very lucky and was the first person to own them in the US. And the price – that was a new limit for me, and it made me nauseous spending that much money on one item! (this threshold has since been broken, and raised, many times)
2. Samira Strass Aurora Borealis. My wedding shoes, which my husband (then fiance) bought for me in secret, in conspiracy with my St. Honore SA at the time… AND he got her to bring the shoes to Msr. Louboutin to have them signed. He then proposed to me with the engagement ring inside the shoes. What dreams are made of!
3. Fire Opal strass Lady Claude. A Christmas gift from my dear husband (fiance at the time)… this one took me completely by surprise and I just love these shoes… they are my red ruby slippers.
4. Royal Blue Alligator Alta Dama. My first alligator skin, in one of my favorite colors. This shoe was a long-time dream for me.
5. Meridian Blue Strass Daffodil. I just love everything about these shoes.
6. Very Mix Potpourri Fire Opal. I am smitten.
What about your most worn pairs?
My most worn pairs are different from the above with the exception of my purple lizard VPs (VP is my go-to style for comfort and elegance). Some of my most frequently worn pairs, below:
1. Catenita Trashes (I have two). These are such fun fun shoes, and with the PVC covering and specchio heel/platform, quite weather resistant. I wear these in the rain, no problem.
2. Bronze Cosmo Ostrich Very Prive. The color is neutral and goes with almost everything, but the material/treatment is so unique and i love it.
3. Jaws. Just classic.
4. Nude patent Very Prive with burgundy tip.
5. Very Croise in beige/gold/red.
There are many words to describe Carla’s collection but the two I’d use are: shoe porn. I am always the girl who buys the simple black pump but looking at Carla’s photographs, I realize that I really should be going for the out of the world, unique shoes first – cause the boring black ones will always be there. A big thank you to Carla for sharing her beautiful items with us. Check back tomorrow for part two, and check out Carla’s blog here.