The following feature appears in the February 2017 issue of NYLON.
With a style that’s as bright and bold as her chart-topping songs, Katy Perry is known for her playful aesthetic, eye-catching colorways, and punchy accessories. Now you can add a touch of Perry’s spirit to your wardrobe with her eponymous footwear collection, debuting this season.
Katy Perry Footwear has virtually every style you could ever want—from pumps and booties to slip-ons and sandals—with a variety of accents that include futuristic lucite and vinyl materials, designs that feature her face on a $100 bill, and heels that take the shape of Rubik’s Cubes, cigars, and chain links. Best of all, the singer made it a point to ensure the affordability of her collection, so you can break necks without breaking the bank.
Here, we chat with Perry about her first-ever shoe collection.
Why was it important for you to create shoes that were affordable?
I grew up styling myself on a thrift-store budget. As a teenager, I was eager to present myself as one of a kind through the way I dressed, so I know how it feels to want to look fun but still be [economical]. I wanted to bring together quality and creativity at an accessible price point.
What was the most challenging part of creating the collection?
Figuring out how dreams become reality logistically, taking chances, and trusting my intuitive eye and having my team trust it as well. We also had to negotiate to get open heel molds [for example], because a lot of our ideas were not standard, factory-made options. But overall, we learned a lot about the business, what buyers are looking for now, and we know that each new season will be better than the last.
What fashion icons—past or present—do you envision wearing your shoes?
Chloë Sevigny, Rihanna, Lily Allen, and Lena Dunham. I also named all of the shoes after my most chic girlfriends, and I hope they all wear them!
What are your top three favorite styles from the collection?
The Shannon in red, The Cleo in white, and The Jessica in baby pink.
Katy Perry Footwear, $59-$299, KatyPerryCollections.com
See some of our favorite styles from the collection below: