Reality Show Shoe-cap: Shoes from Erin on The City & The Rachel Zoe Project

Today, I thought we’d talk about some shoes seen recently on reality TV.  This past week marked the end of The Rachel Zoe Project (tear) and we saw two shoes worn by Rachel and Taylor in the finale (including the pair Rachel dubbed her tranny shoes).  But first, we have more shoes from The City season 2.  We’ve covered the footwear choices of Whitney Port, but now we must talk about Erin.  Erin, who is new to the show, is the Director of PR at Elle (the youngest one ever) and she seems to be quite the power player, ready to whip new accessories editor Olivia into submission and show her who’s boss.  Although Whitney never quite put Olivia in her place during the first season, Erin certainly intends to – especially in these shoes:


When Erin debuts on the show, the first thing we notice is her feet – in these amazing Christian Louboutin Very Prive studded peep toe heels (seen on Polyvore).  Yes, nothing says “She Who Must Be Obeyed” like a heel with little spikes all over it.  I don’t see this pair available for sale anywhere, but the similar Christian Louboutin Pigalle stud pump is at luisaviaroma for $1,097.70 (limited sizes) or at net-a-porter for $995.  For lower-priced alternatives, try these:


Dolce Vita Trinity, a shoe definitely on my love list right now, for $210 at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Get 25% off using coupon code FRIENDS2 until 10/18/09, making them $157.50.  Also available at Bloomingdales for $210. 



Lovely People Aziza stud platform peep toe pump for $69.99 at Smartbargains.  It looks like you get an extra 10% off and free shipping at checkout too.



Rock & Republic Nika for $279 at Zappos.





If you’re digging the pair Erin wears in the MTV promo pic above, it’s the Report Signature Masonic, found at Amazon for $134.95 or $188.99 depending on the size selected.  Also available at Endless for $137.47 in very limited sizes, at Bluefly for $149.99 or at for $224.09.  Update: You can also get this same style at QVC for $125.



Looking to spend less on this look?  Try the ALDO Smeal for $89.98 with free shipping at Amazon.



Or, substitute chains for studs with this drool-worthy Jeffrey Campbell Posh-2 chain platform for $164.95 at Solestruck.



On to The Rachel Zoe Project: In the season finale, Rachel rocks this two-tone Louis Vuitton platform wedge in gold and black from the fall 2008 RTW collection (seen on  She also wore an all-black version earlier in the season.  I love these on her and, although Bebe made this France platform wedge clearly inspired by this shoe, they are now sold out and I couldn’t find anything else that closely resembles this unique pair.  However, an extra-tall and funky platform should fit the bill, capturing a similar look without imitating the exact style.  Try these:


Jeffrey Campbell Tryst for $109.95 with free shipping at Solestruck.



Cool, Casual by Slow and Steady Wins the Race at Urban Outfitters for $88.  Coupon code BIGMOUTH takes an additional 10% off until 10/26/09.




Deena and Ozzy Mary Jane Wedge for $49.99 at Urban Outfitters.  Use coupon code listed above for 10% off.




BCBGirls Ris Wedge for $60.47 with free shipping from Endless.




Marley Crisscross Wedge for $99.95 at Free People.




Update: Here’s another pair called the Sam Edelman Zoe for $350 at Urban Outfitters.  Was it inspired by Rachel herself (hence the name)?  Maybe so!




Finally, there’s Taylor.  On the finale, Taylor proves the squeaky wheel gets the grease a promotion from styling associate to head of product development.  She also wears some suede boots during a trip to QVC headquarters with Rach that looked a lot like this Christian Louboutin ankle boot.  Here are some more affordable suede boots to check out:


Nine West Zenon for $119 at Nine West.  Apply coupon code NWFRND6 to get 30% off until 10/18/09.



Nine West Ignatious for $109 at Macy’s.  Get free shipping on $99 or more using coupon code FAVEFIND at checkout until 10/22/09.




Lumiani Regine for $145 with free shipping at Zappos.




Promo photos from and

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5 Responses to “Reality Show Shoe-cap: Shoes from Erin on The City & The Rachel Zoe Project”

  1. Shoe Buzz: Shoes worn by Erin Kaplan on MTV’s The City | Fairy Shoe Princess Says:

    […] skirts, statement shoes and plenty of studs and spikes for good measure.  Her shoe picks?  The Christian Louboutin Very Prive, the Report Signature Masonic and this […]

  2. Shoe Buzz: Taylor Jacobson shows off her shoes on Everyday Minerals blog | Fairy Shoe Princess Says:

    […] covered Taylor’s shoes from The Rachel Zoe Project before (also here), so I knew she favored the brand, but I didn’t know just how much.  Red soles everywhere, […]

  3. Shoes with spikes inspired by Jason Derulo’s American Idol jacket | Fairy Shoe Princess Says:

    […] with spikes aren’t exactly the easiest thing to find.  It was most famously done with the Christian Louboutin Very Prive, which I posted about (and attempted to find lookalikes for) after seeing Erin Kaplan wear them […]

  4. Ivy Says:

    The Sam Edelman’s weren’t inspired by Rachel Zoe. They’re knock offs of the Balenciaga boots from Fall/Winter 2006 :)

  5. Fairy Shoe Princess Says:

    Very true! Was wondering if the “Zoe” name had anything to do with her though…

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