Interview with a Style Expert: Maridel Reyes

You know when you meet someone you immediately like and then you find out they have a job that is so covetable you want to hate them, but you just can’t?-1 They’re too warm and genuine to inspire that kind of bitterness… Meet Maridel Reyes, an NYC-based freelance writer who covers health for magazines like Glamour and SELF, and regularly reports on fashion events and celebrity parties for New York Magazine. Yeah.

Maridel has been behind the sceniest of scenes and happily agreed to share some of that hard-earned fashion gossip with ShoeTube:

Which celeb were you most psyched to meet and what kind of shoes were they wearing?

I know it’s not shoe-related, but for sheer star power, I was in awe of Bono. I’ve talked to him briefly at two events, and he was very gracious. One interview took place as he was walking to a banquet room to give a speech. The poor guy gets mobbed everywhere–once a few people saw him he was surrounded!

The best celeb shoe-spotting was Madonna in head-to-to LV at the Gucci/Unicef Snowflake Ball Dinner honoring Rihanna.

Have you ever asked a celeb about her shoes?

During Fashion Week, shoes are a huge topic. Especially if a model fell on the runway that day–we’ll ask models about their near-misses and strategies to walk in those crazy shoes. Perry Reeves from Entourage raved about the roll-on blister block from Band-Aid to me at a party. And during last fashion week, I chatted with Molly Sims about her falling up the stairs at the gym (Her tip: use those foot petals so you don’t slip).

Last fall I talked to designers and Project Runway’s Nina Garcia about how they protected their shoes in the sudden downpour of Hurricane Hanna. Nina is quite small, but she’s always wearing incredibly high platform-y shoes. Even in the sticky August heat, she looked great!

Give us your top three go-to shoes for star-studded parties.

I need something I can stand around in (and sometimes run after celebs in) so in the winter, I’ll wear a pair of black round-toe pumps, two-tone (black/grey) patent leather lace-up peep-toe oxfords or if it’s really chilly, flat riding boots.

In the summer, I wear bright shoes (I have a yellow canvas pair with a wooden sole from Target–shh!!) or red kitten heels. This year, I’m retiring a beloved pair of Stella McCartney black patent leather stacked gladiator-style heels with wooden soles.

Give us your dream shoes for the next one.

Well, since we’re shooting for the moon… I saw these Louboutin Mary Jane 120 platforms in person and wanted to DIE.38866_in_dl

I love these Bottega Veneta sandals for spring.37456_in_dl

I oddly have a soft spot for jelly flats. These are from Tory Burch.39224_in_dl


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