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Best foot forward: Stuart Weitzman is launching the limited-edition pavé Nudist collection at Perry Footwear and Collections tomorrow evening

When it comes to footwear, its not uncommon to choose fashion over function.

But with Stuart Weitzman’s nudist sandal, the strappy, minimal shoe is comfortable to wear and “as close to bare as a fashionable foot can get”.

The brand is built upon the idea of creating a beautifully constructed shoe and Mr Weitzman’s main objective has always been to merge fashion and function.

A favourite of celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Kendall Jenner, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Aniston, and Gisele Bündchen, the silhouette has gleaned such a cultlike following that he has created a limited-edition pavé Nudist collection, which will launch at Perry Footwear and Collections tomorrow evening.

The champagne shopping event will include a design created exclusively for Bermuda and 15 per cent of sales will be donated to The Eliza DoLittle Society, a charity close to owner Tiffany Perry’s heart.

Ms Perry said she chose TEDS for the event, “partially because of Bermuda’s current economic crisis”.

“While many people are fortunate enough to be able to feed their families with their paycheque, unfortunately this does not apply to everyone. They work hard, are dedicated to their families, home and living expenses, but still can’t surface to ‘just get by’.

“No one should go hungry, especially not those who work so hard for what they have.”

She said they have been hoping to do an event like this since the store’s opening. Stuart Weitzman’s footwear and accessories are sold in more than 70 countries and the Hamilton store has carried the Stuart Weitzman line for eight years — since early 2008.

“Stuart Weitzman has always done well, and has attracted a significant loyal, local client base. This is something we take pride in, as customer satisfaction is our number one concern. In doing business with Stuart Weitzman, the options almost seem endless, right down to the colour, material, leather texture, heel height, treatments, and hardware. It can be insane and overwhelming all in the same breath — in the best way possible,” she said. “Shoe lovers are who we cater to, so making the most of our buys every season is crucial.”

As the temperatures rise and pedicures abound, footwear gets a little more flashy. Each sandal is encrusted in Swarovski crystal patterns: polka dots, camouflage, iridescent mirror, turquoise chevron and metallic python. For those that prefer a solid colour design, a selection of 64 Swarovski crystals is available for customers to choose from for customisation, retailing from $2,265 to $2,900.

The American designer spoke to Lifestyle about his exciting new collection.

Q The Nudist has become the go-to shoe style for celebs and civilians alike. Can you explain the appeal?

A Not only is it comfortable for celebrities to wear on a red carpet, it also just goes with everything.

Q Why ‘Nudist’?

A Because it’s one of our bestselling styles — so we wanted to celebrate all its glamour with this special pavé collection.

Q Which colour or pattern would you pick and why?

A Camouflage — as that’s the shoe that walks into a room and people take notice of it.

Q Many designers offer their own versions of what appears to be the silhouette of the moment. What sets Stuart Weitzman’s apart?

A The unique aspects of comfort that have been engineered into the Nudist design.

Q Is customisation available in Bermuda?

A Yes, customisation is available in Bermuda, at Perry Footwear only. The price range is for patterns and also solid designs, which are sold at the same price.

Q Can you tell us a little about the design you created exclusively for Perry’s event?

A It is a degrade pattern in shades of Bermuda pink.

Q Why was The Eliza DoLittle Society chosen as a charity?

A We wanted to support local charity that meant a lot to our retail partner Perry Footwear.

Perry Footwear & Collections’ Spring Fling will take place on Thursday, May 19 from 7.30-9.30pm at the Reid Street store.