Nicole Richie Steps Up The Footwear Game

Nicole Richie is one busy girl.  According to recent entries in her diary, she was just in Paris yesterday.  She wrote: “My stay in Paris was absolutely magical. Thank you to everyone who came out to support me. It was a dream come true.” She was introducing her shoe line for House of Harlow, as  her label has expanded into a full-on accessories line, and now includes sunglasses and shoes, also an apparel line called Winter Kate.

In a recent interview with, Richie talked about her footwear line, among other things, and here’s the excerpt:

FN: What is appealing about designing footwear?

NR: Shoes have really become the accessory that women pay attention to. When you’re putting together a footwear collection, [you know] that shoes can make or break an outfit or totally change a look.

FN: The shoe collection ranges from moccasins to sky-high heels. What was your approach to blending comfort and fashion?

NR: Comfort is extremely important to me, but that doesn’t mean you need to wear flats all the time. I wanted a really great pump that wasn’t impossible to wear [and] was extremely inspired by Christian Louboutin and the [platform toe he incorporates] to make his shoes so comfortable. [If you get it right], you can have a super, super high heel that is actually very comfortable.

Richie also hinted a handbag line in the making, and also her personal preference when it comes to fashion:

FN: Beyond House of Harlow, what are your favorite footwear brands and looks?

NR: Right off the bat, Christian Louboutin. I have more pairs of his shoes than anyone else. I also really love Balenciaga and have a bunch of YSL sandals. … I [have no idea] how many pairs I have, [though], because my feet haven’t grown in 10 years, and I never throw shoes away. You never know if they’re going to come back. I’m not someone who’s going to buy a neutral pair of shoes. I really like them to make a statement because I’m such a jeans-and-T-shirt person.

Here are some of Nicole Richie’s design for her line, House of Harlow 1960.  Are you feeling the shoes?

Misha Beaded Moccasin Boot, $275

Saloni Beaded Flat Sandals, $168

Meryl Woven Plug Flat Moccasins, $178

Nicole Richie Brands

About Nicole Richie

Nicole Camille Richie (born Nicole Camille Escovedo; September 21, 1981) is an American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality. Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons. The Simple Life was a hit for the Fox network, premiering with 13 million viewers, and brought Richie and Hilton to international recognition. Richie’s personal life attracted significant media attention during The Simple Life’s five-year run and she was a constant fixture of tabloid journalism before and after her appearance. Hilton and Richie are often given the distinction of being the first pair of socialites to become “famous for being famous” through reality television.

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