I’ve never kept my love for shoes anything close to a secret. Whenever the Superstars (*whispers Diiiiivvvaaaaassss*) wear some incredible pairs, I go wild – especially if they’re designer because, face it, a little vicarious expensive-stiletto enjoyment never hurt anyone. We tend to see a lot of Louboutins from our fellow Superstar shoe-lovers. We see a good bit of Giuseppe Zanotti, too. And Louis Vuitton. And Stuart Weitzman. And I rave over all of them because…shoes! Then again, there are tonssss of amazing designers outside of the above Quad Squad that I totally wouldn’t mind seeing the ladies get their heels in. For instance? Oh, I was so hoping you’d ask! Come share my little fashion fantasy :)
While Charlotte tends to live in boots for her in-ring appearances, we often see her gravitate to straightforward heel silhouettes for streetwear. Her choices range from classic pointy pumps to strappy sandal-booties, nearly-minimal ankle strap pairs, and yes, a fair number of boots too :). They are always solid, competent selections that balance or add to her look. Since she’s got that concept nailed, we’d love to see her take a few more risks – like these crystal-heeled Rosalind sandals from Sophia Webster (who is one of my fave designers to watch, btw. Her offerings are always crazy fun!). We can totally envision them making the perfect exclamation point for any number of Charlotte’s trademark black monochrome looks. We’ve seen her do glittered pumps, but why not kick it into 80’s-referencing full-spectrum territory with these candy-color sparklers from Kate Spade (the Licorice Too)? Yum, right? Not only are these a perfect foil for neutral looks, they’ll harmonize with any color combination, as well. #Practical See, I can totally justify rainbow sparkling heels as being “practical” #GoodAtThis :)). We don’t often see Char reach for frothy pieces, but the minimal design of these Tory Burch Logan floral sandals is right up her alley. The tiny flowers encrusting the vamp would be on trend, super fun and an exciting twist on her usual fare. They would make a flawless counterpoint to the simple sheath dresses, jumpsuits or blouse+wide-leg pants pairings she loves. These crystal-trim block heels from Rene Caovilla (another of my faves) are in a similar vein, taking a silhouette that’s very familiar to Char and adding subtle glamour in the form of slim rows of crystals at the toe and ankle.
Femininity and classic chic are two genres Brie is always happy to explore. These ruffled Odele sandals from Kate Spade fit the former category, getting an extra boost of sweetness from the warm blush shade. They would complement Brie’s trademark flowy dresses beautifully, but would add a spark to blouse+denim combos as well. These brilliant white lace-up Nathalie sandals from Aquazurra are powerful and clean. The color makes the spot on-trend for right now, but the unique-classic hybrid vibe of their styling will keep them appropriate for years. They would add edge to slipdresses, or bodysuits with skinny jeans when Brie embraces her Total Diva side ;).
Bayley is one of the Divas who is at home with boots but sometimes seems less sure about heels. Her fashion sense is relaxed and easy, but still pulled together. Shoes are really crucial for her look because it could be easy to segue into “dowdy” or “soccer Mom” territory. She has favored mule sin the past, which is why these insanely fun Mila sandals form Sophia Webster caught my eye for her. Bay tends to keep her fashion palette neutral or dark and these would work with those tones, while injecting a dose of her vibrant and fun-loving in-ring personality into her streetwear. These shoes don’t take themselves too seriously, but they look amazing and they just have to make you happy when you see them coming…kind of like a hug :). For more serious occasions, these Bella platform sandals from Michael Kors make a nice bridge between statement and simplicity. They’re a slightly fancier and visually lighter variation of her leather mules. The femininity of the ruffle is tempered by the snake leather, which adds the kind of textural interest that can jazz up a simple outfit in just the right way.
Carmella does a pretty dang awesome job at finding super-cool sneakers to wow us with, but I ran into a few in my travels that would be a blast to see her take a turn in. This Sneaky Viv high top from Roger Vivier features bold hardware and a smattering of fur – just the thing for a Staten Island princess to pair with her skinny jeans and oversized bomber jackets. Ditto these Standard Issue Shearling kicks form Rag & Bone. I’m kind of obsessing over the idea of pairing these with massive shot of leopard print :). What about for days when girlfriend isn’t feeling sneakers? Got it covered. Check out the brazen modernity of these black-and-white stacked-stripe platform heels (the Sundance Plateau from Aquazurra). These are for pairing with bodycon dresses and outfits that include cute little shorts. Then again, some days just call for pumps. These black-meets-gold flame-like embellished heels (the Ira PLexi from Gianvito Rossi) get a dose of attitude from the inclusion of clear plastic in the design. Not only is this one of ‘Mella’s fave color combinations, but the confident, streetwise vibe they give off completely feels like her thing. Leather pants and a cropped boxy top anyone? So much yaaaas, am I right?
I could literally pic out a whole closet-full of shoes for Alicia…maybe two closets-full. She and Zendaya occupy similar spots in my fashion brain because they can both pull off an enormous range of genres effortlessly and they are fearless about experimentation. Foxy is one of the few Divas who can make flats totally un-boring. These bright, studded Rene Caovilla espadrille would be right up her alley with a breezy maxi skirt or denim shorts and a tee. We’ve seen Foxy go full-on 70’s from time to time and these embellished platform slides – also by Rene – are just made for that genre, giving the decade’s classic silhouette a modern update via denim and a dose of glam with a smattering of crystals. Wide-leg denim and an off-the-shoulder blouse? Yes, please! Then again, this is Foxy, so we might just as soon see these with an a-line midi skirt and a button-down ;). I’ve always wanted to see her do some intensely-hued confection of a shoe – something really bold and statement-making. This strappy, floral-embellished sandal in scalding orange (the Flower Self-Tie sandal from Rene Caovilla once again) fits that bill. Foxy would probably pair it with satin capri jogger pants and a cut-off sports jersey, but they could work beautifully with a sequined mini dress for fancier occasions. We sometimes see Foxy go into full classic-chic mode – always with a bit of a twist somewhere, though. For those times, I was drawn to these Prairie Rivet sandals from Coach. They look very prim and sophisticated, but the two-tone color scheme and the sprinkling of tiny rivet-heads at the vamp and heel make them so much fiercer! That kind of double play is very Foxy. I can see these with dark denim and a double breasted suit jacket or classic pencil skirt.
Maryse has brilliant taste and an enviable shoe collection already. She’s one of the better divas about branching out among brands, too. I still wouldn’t mind seeing her stretch a little further afield, though (I’m just never satisfied, am I? :D). These logo-hardware Versace ankle booties just screamed her name at me (figuratively, of course). From little black leather dresses to latex pencil skirts to skinny jeans, Maryse would have no end of pairing possibilities. The glamorous, over-the-top vibe of ths brand is 100% in her wheelhouse as well. For less attitude-laden occasions, I love these white round-stud embellished strappy heels (the Bon Bon Beaded Ankle Strap from Aquazurra). Studs and Marsye seem to go together, but these has a touch of femininity that’s similar to her Louboutin Gypsandals, but softer and more summer-ready. They would lend themselves perfectly to sheath dresses and minimalist gowns.
Glitter and American-West tinged pieces immediately make me think of Mickie, so when I saw these Wester sequined booties from Coach, I got lost in a Jamesian fashion daydream. These copper beauties would make a crave-worthy statement with skinny jeans, but also with the flowy dresses we sometime see Mickie reach for. And speaking of flowy dresses, checking back into her style archives reveals that, when she’s outside the ring, she has a distinct pull toward feminine pieces in her fashion repertoire: floaty midi dresses, floral fabrics, lace and sheer pieces. These knotted Lolita sandals from Alexandre Birman (the shoe genius behind Schutz, as well has his eponymous brand) fit that sweet, sensual vibe flawlessly. I loved the way the shine in the fabric elevates these heels, as well as the earthy desert tones, which gave me a very Mickie-esque vibe.
Stephanie’s style is strongly influenced by her career and need to convey professionalism in most situations. Additionally, she wisely prefers to re-use pieces whenever possible, so in addition to not being too extreme, her shoes need to have enough style staying power to remain relevant through a few seasons. With those two caveats dangling over a shoe closet, it would be easy to end up with staid, unexciting pieces, but Steph does a pretty good job of finding piece with some zing. We still love to see her take a few more risks, though, especially since she often gravitates toward clothing simple enough to allow some unique silhouettes. First on our wishlist is the Sundance Block Heel sandal from Aquazurra. It offers a little more coverage than many of today’s minimalist silhouettes, but the architectural vibe and reflective material keep it form getting anywhere nearing boring. The chunky heel makes it easy for running around the office in, too :). Hello wide-leg suit pants and a blazer. Comfy but also fun is the modus operandi for these Colorblock Fabric Slingback kitten heel from Prada. The low heel makes these easy on the ankles, but the multi-fabric design and bow detail make it super eye-catching. These would wake up a classic suit instantly, but they’d also end a big pop to a simple sheath dress in any of a multitude of shades (black, ivory, blue, butter), or to a denim pencil skirt. Besides, doesn’t every harda$$ boss need at least one piece of Prada? ;). Also in this statement-making gene are these Runway Slingback Mesh Tonal pump by Fendi. This one of those unique styles that really transcends era and trend; it doesn’t feel tied to any particular era, but is incredibly distinctive. Between the silhouette and the multitude of materials, they’re a very complex shoe, but that would make them a perfect foil for the simplicity of many of Steph’s looks. Once in a great while, though, she lets that powerful, don’t-mess-with-the-Queen attitude come out and play with her style sensibilities. We’ve especially seen this at Wrestlemania that last two years, but we get flashes of it at other tv events. This Jada Chain Chunky-heeled sandal from Alexander Wang is a pick for that facet of her style personality. This shoe is just made to be the statement-maker for simple, monochromatic black looks from suits to sheaths.
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