Ruthie Davis Shoes Are Gaining Ground
If I were to bet on the statement shoe of the season, it would be a Ruthie Davis design. Renowned for bright colors, vivid shapes and a mix of materials, coupled with towering heels and uncompromising quality, The Ruthie Davis Collection stands proudly alone. Conceived in New York and crafted in Italy, “each shoe evolves from a completely independent thought process,” says Davis. The process begins with a watercolor hand-sketch by Davis herself. She brings each sketch to Italy where she meets with a material and component supplier to detail each shoe. While she waits for the samples she heads back to New York to work on new constructions and patterns. After a few weeks she returns to Italy to finalize the design. The result is a collection of shoes that appear impossible to wear, but are “made for sharp women with places to go.”
“I’ve always been fascinated by strong, smart, capable women. She could be a movie star, a businesswoman, or someone you pass on the street that you can’t forget. She’s my perpetual muse.”
Davis’ Spring collection is rich, warm and golden, reminiscent of an afternoon in St. Tropez, with a 1970’s sensibility. “A sun-kissed Farrah Fawcett with her big golden hair and tiny orange maillot,” says Davis. A few standouts in the Spring collection include Prefab and Popsicle. “Prefab is a great day-to-evening shoe. I’ve worn it to work, then shifted effortlessly into cocktails and the ballet,” says Davis. Popsicle is a fabulous day shoe. “It looks fresh for a woman about town, shopping, lunching or working.” With each collection, Davis’ goal is to enhance the woman who wears her shoes, not overpower her. “The shoes are simultaneously extroverted and minimal, setting the stage for luxe sophistication to shine.
Shop Ruthie Davis at NeimanMarcus.com or select Neiman Marcus stores. The Shoe & Handbag Event is March 29-April 1 at Neiman Marcus.