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Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning costume designer and stylist Patricia Field has been a fixture on the Manhattan style scene long before her signatures looks were worshipped around the world on Carrie Bradshaw. In 1966 she opened her first House of Field in Greenwich Village which quickly become the eponymous style epicenter for downtown style mavens in the know. Forty years, and numerous television, movie and commercial projects later, her new boutique at 302 Bowery is ushering in a new level of the eclectic, sexy and visionary style Field is known for. Field works with David Dalyrymple to create gorgeous, funky, street-savvy styles for her line, House of Field and has just embarked upon a new partnership with Payless Shoes, for whom she is designing a red carpet collection she premiered at the Oscars last week. She is also a chair of DIVAS Shop for the City Opera, which is where I had the good fortune to meet her and check out her legendary personal style. Field graciously took a few minutes out of hectic schedule to answer the essential question, Shoe are You?©, in which we find out Patricia and Miss Meghan have both once spent $900 on a pair of shoes. EEk!

What are your favorite pair of shoes and why do you love them so much?

I looove Havainaias rubber flip flops, so comfortable & affordable. I wear them all summer, and also in the winter with Japanese “Tabi” socks. I own a million pairs in every color you can think of. I wear them all day with casual clothes from jeans to shorts to skirts. And of course, the shoes I designed for Payless and wore to the Oscars — metallic snakeskin platforms with an ankle strap. (see photo below).

Where did you get them?

I buy them in when I am in Brazil and also in my shop.

What type of shoes do you like to see on the opposite sex?

Tapered dress shoes and hip sneakers.

Most you ever paid for a pair of shoes? Least?

Most I ever paid was $900 , and the least was $8.

Best shoe purchase? Worst?

My best, best shoe purchase were my Chanel Motorcycle Boots. The worst were a pair of Gucci Stilettos.

Pair of shoes you want to be buried in?


Shoes you wore on your last date?

Christian Louboutin Ballet Flats.

If you could walk in anyone’s shoes for a day, whose shoes would it be and why?

I would love to walk in Socrates’ shoes, he is my intellectual idol.

Best pair of shoes to to seduce an object of your affection?

Sexy stilettos.

Most difficult thing you ever walked through?

Cobblestone streets in New York and in Europe.

Pointy or round-toe?


Stiletto or flat?


On men you prefer: wingtip or cool sneaker?

Cool sneaker.

Your favorite charity or good cause and why?

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) is one of the oldest and largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $35 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide.

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