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2012 October 4

Shoe Chatter with Nicholas Kirkwood

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(PARIS) Nicholas Kirkwood walked The Daily through his Spring 2013 shoe collection this week in Paris—and just trust, they’re bound to rock your world. What does one talk about avec Kirkwood? Shoes, of course! And take a gander at how many pairs are in Kirkwood’s personal collection; you might be surprised…

How old were you when you first fell in love with high heels?
I was 19 or 20. I used to work for Philip Treacy, and that was my introduction into the world of accessories. A lot of my friends were going into fashion and studying at Saint Martins, but I hated sewing. Designing clothes didn't appeal to me, but I liked shoes, because they're small and architectural. 

Do you ever try on your own shoes?
I've managed to squeeze into one pair. I'm a few sizes bigger than what we offer, size-wise, but I'd love to try them on and work out how they feel on the feet. As a guy, you just have to take other people's word!

What about doing a men's line?
I'm working on that right now—actually, I should be working on it right now. We're planning to launch a men’s line next season. 

Any teasers?
It's not going to look like a male version of my women's shoes, but there will obviously be certain elements that are similar. It's for the guy whose girlfriend is wearing my heels. 

You've recently collaborated with Erdem, Suno, and Peter Pilotto. Any dream designer you'd like to work with?
I would’ve loved to have worked with Alexander McQueen, and I'd love to do something with Alaïa. 

How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Not enough! I only own about two or three pairs. I'm really bad. That's why I'm really looking forward to doing my men's line. I'll get to sample them all! 

How do you keep your shoe collection so sparse?!
I buy a pair that just goes with everything, and keep that pair until they need to be thrown away. 

What celebs are walking in your heels these days?
Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce, Jessica Alba, Kirsten Dunst. We've had quite good girls that have worn us—and then occasionally you get a Kardashian, and you kind of want to kill yourself. 

Do you have fun in Paris?
I try not to have too much fun.

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