When an event includes the word “fashion” in the literal title — like the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards — you know we’re interested. The annual CFDA Awards honor excellence in fashion design, and have been dubbed “the Oscars of fashion.”
While the beautiful floor-length dresses stunned us, we were a little disappointed that the long gowns didn’t give us much of an opportunity to take a peek at the shoes on the red carpet.
Fortunately, we did spot a few cute mini and mid-length dresses, which allowed us a glimpse at some killer footwear at the event.
1. Olivia Palermo in Giuseppe Zanotti Booties
Olivia Palermo kept things fresh in a Dennis Basso Spring 2013 fringed frock, which featured a gold-embroidered sheer bodice and an ombre fringed skirt.
Rather than perfecting her look with a pair of dainty-looking light gold sandals, the actress added more shimmer with a pair of metallic gold booties.
Olivia Palermo flashed her legs at the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
We don’t think the sporty Giuseppe Zanotti booties were a great pick for her outfit or for the event, but we can’t deny that they’re stunning.
These open-toed booties are made of shiny calfskin and feature a corset-like lacing. They have open backs and about 4 1/4-inch two-tone plated heels.
Olivia Palermo’s sexy toes in gold Giuseppe Zanotti booties
Olivia’s shoes are from the Giuseppe Zanotti Spring/Summer 2011 collection and are no longer available online. However, you can find a similar design from the same brand at Farfetch.
Giuseppe Zanotti Metallic Booties, $599.95
2. Miranda Kerr in Stuart Weitzman Pumps
Another fresh-looking celeb of the night was Miranda Kerr.
The model donned a Proenza Schouler fit-and-flare frock, which she styled with black satin pumps by Stuart Weitzman.
Miranda Kerr attends the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
Her pumps featured triple-buckled straps and V-shaped pointed-toe vamps, which added a bit of sophistication to her very fun and feminine dress.
Miranda Kerr shows off the ankle straps on her black Stuart Weitzman pumps
We believe these pumps are from Stuart Weitzman’s Fall 2013 collection, so they’re not available online yet.
However, a similar style from Saint Laurent is available for purchase now at Nordstrom.
Saint Laurent Paris Triple Ankle-Strap Pump, $1,075
3. Nicole Richie in Giuseppe Zanotti Pumps
The backless gold lamé gown revealed some side boob and the look absolutely worked on Nicole’s slender frame.
Nicole Richie shows off her back tattoos at the 2013 CFDA Awards held at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
Nicole paired the dress with metallic gold pumps from the same collection. These mirrored patent leather pumps feature pointed toes and about 4.5-inch cone-shaped heels.
Her shoes can surely work with any ensemble — even with jeans if you want to make a statement!
Nicole Richie’s metallic Marc Jacobs pumps peek out from beneath her gown
Like her pumps? They’re also available in black and red versions at Zappos.
Giuseppe Zanotti Cone-Heel Pumps in Gold, $650
Giuseppe Zanotti Cone-Heel Pumps in Black, $650
Giuseppe Zanotti Cone-Heel Pumps in Red, $650
4. Kate Mara in Brian Atwood “Carla” Pumps
Kate Mara kept things rather simple in a black Dolce & Gabbana dress that featured intricate cutouts.
While we think a pair of simple earrings would have worked with this look, Kate opted to wear a bulky emerald green necklace.
Kate Mara attends the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
The actress finished her look with a pair of peep-toe pumps from Brian Atwood. These patent leather shoes feature a latticework design and a layer of mesh. They’re also embellished with silver studs.
Kate Mara shows off her sexy feet in Brian Atwood pumps
Check out Kate’s pumps, which are from Brian Atwood’s Spring 2013 collection, at Amazon.
Brian Atwood “Carla” Lasercut Pump
5. Rooney Mara in Brian Atwood “Aida” Sandals
Kate Mara’s younger sister, Rooney Mara, also opted for Brian Atwood heels and a black ensemble.
Rooney stuck to her traditional minimalist styling in a Calvin Klein Fall 2009 laser-cut dress.
Rooney Mara attends the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
Her Brian Atwoods were simple satin sandals that featured cutouts at the vamps and heel counters. They also have peep toes, slender ankle straps, and about 1-inch platforms and 5-inch heels.
Rooney Mara’s pretty feet in Brian Atwood sandals
We couldn’t find Rooney’s exact satin sandals, but the following are two versions of the same style from Brian Atwood are now on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Brian Atwood “Aida” Sandals in Black Raffia with Black/White Leather, $1,195
Brian Atwood “Aida” Sandals in Multicolor Suede, $995
6. Alessandra Ambrosio in Gianvito Rossi “Marina” Sandals
Alessandra Ambrosio slipped into a one-shoulder, backless number from Kaufmanfranco, which she styled with white earrings.
Luckily, the model hiked her floor-length skirt up a bit when she stepped down from her car. If she hadn’t, we wouldn’t have caught a glimpse of her black-and-white sandals.
Alessandra Ambrosio attends the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
The sandals, which are from Gianvito Rossi, feature white leather with black striped piping on both the straps across the toes and on the cuffs with leather ties.
Alessandra Ambrosio briefly flashes her Gianvito Rossi sandals at the CFDA Awards
Gianvito Rossi “Marina” Sandals, $1,040
7. Jessica Chastain in Givenchy Sandals
Jessica Chastain kept things simple in a Givenchy ensemble. The actress opted for a strapless Givenchy corduroy dress that featured draped chiffon detailing.
Jessica Chastain attends the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
She capped off her look by sliding into a pair of suede Givenchy sandals with piped leather trimming.
The gold-tone shark-tooth lock closure at each ankle strap and the gold-tip stiletto heels jazzed up an otherwise all-black outfit.
Jessica Chastain shows off her feet in Givenchy sandals with gold detailing
Givenchy Shark Lock Sandals, $850
8. Jessica Stam in Christian Louboutin “Dufoura” Sandal Booties
Model Jessica Stam brightened up the red carpet in a striking yellow peplum dress by Rebecca Minkoff.
Jessica styled her dress with colorful accessories and finished her look with a pair of bright neon Christian Louboutin shoes.
Jessica Stam attends the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
Her “Dufoura” sandals feature transparent neon PVC at the ankles and metallic lilac bands across the toes. The 5.5-inch heels have pale gray suede at the heel counters and the shoe’s 1.5-inch platforms are trimmed in white.
Jessica has Chinese characters inked on the top of her right foot. The three symbols stand for “luck,” “prosperity,” and “love.”
Jessica Stam’s foot tattoo peeks out from beneath her multicolored Christian Louboutin sandals
We have already featured these sandals before on different celebrities.
Christian Louboutin “Dufoura” Sandals, $1,095
Christian Louboutin “Dufoura” Sandals in Rose Paris, $1,095
Christian Louboutin “Dufoura” Sandals in Smoke/Silver/White, $1,195
9. Hilary Rhoda in Jimmy Choo “Lance” Sandals
Model Hilary Rhoda chose a sophisticated yet edgy black-and-white look for the event.
She picked a monochrome Helmut Lang draped dress, which she styled with black Jimmy Choo sandals.
Hilary Rhoda attends the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
These sandals feature wavy straps that create a sexy cutout effect. They fasten at the ankle with double straps.
Hilary Rhoda turns her foot sideways in a pair of Jimmy Choo sandals
We have seen these heels multiple times since we first started paying attention back in 2011. They can be purchased at Nordstrom.
Jimmy Choo “Lance” Sandals, $775
10. Ellie Kemper in Rupert Sanderson “Mion” Heels
Ellie Kemper looked like a firework in her Naeem Khan Fall 2013 frock.
The actress accessorized her black-and-gold beaded dress with black-and-gold earrings and a knuckle clutch, and she finished her look with matching golden heels by Rupert Sanderson.
Ellie Kemper attends the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
These leather sandals feature baroque cutouts and leather-covered 4-inch stilettos.
They undoubtedly complemented Ellie Kemper’s getup, and she clearly brought some shimmer to the red carpet.
Ellie Kemper’s red pedicure peeks out from her gold Rupert Sanderson sandals
These heels are available at Farfetch.
Rupert Sanderson “Mion” Sandals, $1,082
11. Hailee Steinfeld in Jimmy Choo “Linda” Sandals
Hailee Steinfeld took the CFDA Awards as a chance to experiment in a stomach-baring two-piece ensemble from Suno.
The 16-year-old’s playful and stylish number perfectly complemented her glittery Jimmy Choo sandals.
Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2013 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on June 3, 2013
The “Linda” sandals have peep toes, adjustable ankle straps with logo-engraved buckles, 1 1/4-inch platform, and 5 1/2-inch covered heels.
Hailee Steinfeld poses in a pair of sparkly Jimmy Choo sandals
You can purchase Hailee’s sandals from Neiman Marcus.
Jimmy Choo “Linda” Sandals, $775
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