Closet Case

The Emmy-nom­i­nated dancer and founder of fe­male tap group Syn­co­pated Ladies talks liv­ing in sneak­ers but lov­ing Louboutins.

Footwear News - - CONTENTS - By Nia Groce

The shoe se­crets of a pro tap dancer.

MY PER­SONAL STYLE

“Be­cause I’m curvy, I prefer things that are form-fit­ting to show them off, so I’m a high-waisted stretch jeans kind of girl. I tend to like Chris­tian Louboutin’s stan­dard stiletto for when it’s time to show up and show out, and I have a ton of col­ors. On a day-to-day, I wear my Nikes with my in­sole be­cause I have to pro­tect these [feet].”

GO-TO SHOES

“I love bright­col­ored Nikes. Right now, I’m wear­ing Air Maxes that are neon pink and black. I also have Air Force 1s that say, ‘The force is fe­male.’ The LeBron James 16 HFR shoe is an ex­tra honor be­cause he gifted them to me, and that shoe is very com­fort­able. At the Em­mys, I had this long gown with my Louboutins, but in my bag, I had the LeBrons.”

PER­FOR­MANCE LOOKS

“We change it for the mood of the piece. We are about to per­form at a church, and for our piece ‘Rise Up,’ we are go­ing to wear all-white, but it’s still go­ing to be ur­ban. Then we are do­ing a trib­ute for Deb­bie Allen at the Apollo, so with that, we are go­ing to wear ’80s leo­tards, leg warm­ers, tights — all very col­or­ful.”

PRE­FERRED TAP SHOES

“We have our own brand called Chloe & Maud un­der Bloch, so that’s where we get our shoes and cus­tom­ize the col­ors.”

DATE-NIGHT STYLE

“For a first date, I would wear my nice heels and look cute in a jump­suit. But if you are my boyfriend, you will get the ca­sual sneaker for a good amount of our dat­ing be­cause I’m in preser­va­tion mode.”

WHERE I SHOP

“Top­shop, Asos, Nord­strom, The Grove in L.A. I don’t care whether it’s haute cou­ture or home­made as long as it’s fly.”

SHOES I WORE AS A KID

“Grow­ing up, I loved my Jor­dans. I also got the Sh­eryl Swoopes [Nikes], and I thought it was so cool to have a women’s bas­ket­ball shoe. I used to wear my Timbs a lot. I still have them from the 9th grade. And Ree­bok Clas­sics — I had these red ones that I thought were the best thing since sliced bread.”

TO­TAL PAIRS

“About 70 in L.A. Then about 30 tap shoes.”

MOST EX­PEN­SIVE PAIR

“Louboutins — about $1,200 for some boots.”

LEAST EX­PEN­SIVE PAIR

“Like $19.99 for some Pay­less sneak­ers — re­mem­ber wedge sneaker-heels? That pair had been knocked off of a knock­off of a knock­off, so that was not a wise pur­chase.”

SHOES I WON’T LET GO

“When I was in col­lege, I splurged on a pair for $300, so I still have them be­cause they were my first ex­pen­sive shoe. They were by a French de­signer, and it was this strappy pink san­dal with a cut-out wooden wedge. That’s where my high­end shoe game started.”

Arnold in the LeBron 16 HFR sneak­ers

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