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If there's a place on earth where open-toed, high-heeled mules, crystal-bedazzled and fashioned from candy-colored bits of leather, were not only appropriate but practically required, it's Miami. Enter Morgan Miller, where you can design your own!
Miller, a New York native, opened her eponymous shoe shop in South Beach in 2006. Since then, locals and visitors alike have been able to come in off the street with merely a vision; and leave in as quickly as 30 minutes as a shoe designer with a jazzy new pair in tow.
How does it work? Well, as you can see from the street, the shop's front window is actually a cobbler's work bench; with walkers-by stopping to gawk as a shoemaker carefully affixes heeled soles in various colors to straps of python and faux python while remaining totally unflummoxed by his shifting, impromptu audiences. Inside—amid soaring white walls and jauntily polka-dotted floors with matching, upholstered, Easter-colored benches—a showcase of heels in assorted heights and materials stand opposite a gallery of leather and pleather straps in almost any color imaginable.
Beyond the walls of basics, peruse additional straps of various color, texture, and width; plus cubbies equipped with assorted bows, buckles and baubles—some in gold or encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
Make your selections—you can walk out with the shoes of your dreams for around $100, or you can go crazy-Swarovski-python-nuts and spend $350—then grab a seat. Basic styles are ready in 30 minutes; no matter what, your shoes will be ready that day. It's clever and fun and creative and—for the right gal—just about as good a Miami Beach souvenir money can buy.
· All Miami Coverage [Racked]
· Morgan Miller [Official Site]