When the Shoe Fits …

When the Shoe Fits …

Shoe Expression Adele Royce

So many friends have inquired about how we obtained the shoe shot that sits on the home page of this website. The truth is, there is an amusing anecdote to go with it.

It started with an obsession

I originally spotted the Salvatore Ferragamo shoes in a fashion magazine and suddenly became obsessed. It was love at first sight. The blush pink velvet wedge shoes with the unpredictably shaped heel were the object of my fascination for the ensuing weeks and months. I was writing Princess Smile at the time and wanted the shoes to be a part of a scene in Craig Keller’s Office, where Jane debuts them for the first time.

After writing the scene …

I wanted the shoes for myself, not just for the imaginary universe where Jane could have the shoes and wear them, too. I scoured the Ferragamo website, visited the stores in my resident city and went on a mission, fueled by the desire to own these lovely, asymmetrical, impossibly high heels which I coveted with a passion usually reserved for another human (or cat).

Alas, I was in London with my husband, and we happened upon shoe heaven at Harrod’s Knightsbridge where all the fashion greats awaited in boundless variety. After a fruitless review of inventory with a potential purchase in mind, I asked a salesperson where I might find these specific shoes and they pointed me to the Ferragamo store not far from Harrod’s.

Paradise found!

Lo and behold, I found them! Of course, they had my size. I tried them on and immediately bought them. The love affair was consummated at last! I then was told the story of the shoes by a well-informed salesperson who regaled me with stories of how that particular shape of shoe was patented in the 1940s and was produced for celebrities. I was then ushered into the upstairs museum, where shoes worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and others were stored. Needless to say, I was in shoe heaven.

With a little help from my friends …

I happen to know the greatest photographer in the land – Merrell Virgen – who is not only a close friend but a savvy businessman and the creative driver of Virgen Digital Brand Marketing in Las Vegas. He was in London with us and I coaxed him to our hotel room at St. Martin’s Lane to get a still life shot of my beautiful shoes – the shoes which Jane had already worn, and which inspired the shot. Is this art imitating life imitating art? Or something like that. The image is on the cover of my debut novel, Camera Ready (out now on paperback, hardcover and ebook). The same image also drove the design elements of the site itself, with its blush rose base and light leopard print borders, courtesy of Chris Jenkin, and his wondrous creative team at Gotcha! Mobile Solutions, Inc. in Dallas.