10 Questions: Shoe designer Steve Madden commemorates 25th anniversary

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Shoe designer Steve Madden, with Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, is commemorating his 25th anniversary this year.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015|6:16 p.m.

Steve Madden
Shoe designer Steve Madden, with Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, is celebrating his 25th anniversary this year.Launch slideshow “

Fashion king Steve Madden is taking pleasure in a monthlong celebration of his 25 years as sultan of the shoe business. He’s a coast-to-coast hero and respected heading leader in the industry with five shops in Las Vegas at Fashion Show, Grand Canal Shoppes, Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood, Town Square and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.

Throughout his 25 years, Steve appointed twin-sister starlets Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen as his innovative directors of Superga North America. His music program commemorated its first year in 2009 partnering with Lady Gaga, and 2 years later he got Betsey Johnson’s fashion line.

Steve signed up with forces with Keyshia Cole for limited-edition shoes in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 and this year partnered with Ja Rule for a pre-Fall 2015 capsule collection of tennis shoes, dress shoes and bike boots.

Today, Steve is participating in the MAGIC fashion convention right here. Before he flew right here Monday, he answered our 10 Questions. Like his designs, he was a male of couple of words who solved to the point:

Twenty-five years is an exceptional achievement. There needs to be a couple of highlights?

Our first store in SoHo and offering my very first pair of shoes because shop. The name of the shoe is the Vanessa, a brown suede bootie. Winning Supplier of the Year at Nordstrom in 2007; working with my daughter Stevie on a brand-new line for Target; and buying the Dolce Vita company in 2014.

How has the shoe company altered in 25 years, and can you call your very own preferred shoes?

It hasn’t truly altered other than for the ways of distribution. Digital didn’t exist then, and today it’s huge. Digital is the greatest change.

Asking me to choose the best shoes resembles asking me to pick amongst my youngsters.

What has been the advancement of shoes over 25 years? Higher heels? Brighter colors?

There was more color back then. Color was more crucial Three Decade ago then it is today.

Why have shoes end up being such a “collection” item in a female’s wardrobe, numerous pairs often!

Any attire can look various with one pair of shoes over another. For that reason one attire, three pairs of shoes. So there will always be more shoes than clothing in a woman’s storage room.

Why did you enter into the shoe business? Exactly what’s the happiness of remaining in it?

I took a job at a shoe store when I remained in high school, and I fell for it. The joy is seeing someone stroll down the street in a pair of Steve Madden shoes.

Exactly what are the perfect shoes that should remain in a lady’s wardrobe? Must-haves?

Ankle boots, pumps, flat shoes and cool tennis shoes.

Is there an ideal height? What’s too low? Exactly what’s too high?

When it pertains to height of shoes for people, everything is up for grabs. There is not a finest height or worst height.

Exactly what’s ahead for the next year in shoe biz? Forecasts? Future fashions?

Great deals of tennis shoes, and lots of great club shoes.

Why do you concern MAGIC? Exactly what do you achieve at this Las Vegas convention?

I concern meet the clients and see what’s going on– and just as notably see what’s not going on.

We have a lot of clubs here where the women are always in brand-new, hot shoes. Is Las Vegas a shoe capital?

Las Vegas is not a shoe capital. It’s a show capital. It’s America’s convention city. I like pertaining to Las Vegas. I have five stores in Las Vegas, and I remain in every one of them when I come to MAGIC.

Congratulations on 25 amazing years, and here’s to continued success!

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