Hooray for Killer Heels!

Let the Killer Heels Exhibit Inspire a Killer Shoe Shopping Spree

Posted By: Barbara Beckley Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Fashionistas rejoice!  It’s a match made in heaven – and only in Palm Springs. Ooh and aah at the must-see exhibit Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, September 5 through December 13, 2015, at the Palm Springs Art Museum – who ever thought of this is a genius -- then paint the town red on a shoe shopping spree. From six-inch stilettos to celebrity favorite Birkenstocks, Palm Springs has the best -- if you know where to look.  

But first a bit about the exhibit. 

Multicolor shoe

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoespans the 17th century to the present and includes a selection of extraordinary high heels by more than 50 contemporary designers, including Céline, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, and United Nude. These shoes are presented in compelling visual dialogues with historical high heels. Examples include exquisite 18th century court heels, tiny 19th century Chinese slippers for bound feet, and iconic 20th century heel designs by Salvatore Ferragamo, Delman, and Roger Vivier for Christian Dior. In addition, Killer Heels features six original short films that take the high heel as a central motif.


Now --- let’s go shopping! It’s a short hop from viewing these designer heels to wearing them at Mitchells Palm Springs (www.mitchellsps.com). Chanel, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Tom Ford, Giuseppe Sanotti, Prada’s Mui Mui, Sergio Rossi, Christian Louboutin – owner Mitchel Karp has them all – each pair hand-picked to meet his uber chic sense of style and taste. From $150 up – and worth every penny.   

Next, head to Shoe La La in the heart of downtown. Manager Michelle Gonzales is just back from the Vegas shoe show and the boutique is packed with cutting edge designs. “High is in,” she told me. Six-inch stilettos and sky-high ‘70’s style platforms are all the rage. The flashy red velvet pumps are her personal fav. Plus cute strappy heels and glittery sandals. Prices? $59 to $159. Another must-buy.    

Of course, if you like your platforms original check out Déjà Vu Vintage Finery in the Uptown Design District. Owner William Miller stocks an array of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories from the ‘50s,’60s, ‘70s and ‘80s including select shoes. Prices average $100 and up.

Then make like Heidi Klum and the Olsen twins, who “wear gizeh Birkenstocks all the time,” says Tara Green, manager and buyer of Palm Springs popular Birkenstock Comfort Shoes boutique in the heart of downtown. The gizehs fly out the door, she says. And you’ll find way more than Birkenstocks here. Trendy wedges and “comfort heels” from one to three inches – a stylish height. Designers include Pikolinos of Spain and the bright colors of Lola Sabbia of Italy. From $79 to the $200s.

Diane’s Beachwear, also in downtown, has cute wedges, two-inch heels and nude-colored Sbiccas from $50 to $90. 

Don’t forget Stein Mart! It’s a treasure trove of trippy finds, located on the curve on South Palm Canyon Drive. Look for the oh-so popular nude-tone stilettos a la the Duchess of Cambridge, and bejeweled high heeled wedges to die for. From $20 (on sale).