very woman understands the difficulty of finding the perfect shoe. Lacey Kirstein, a Vienna, Va., native, found the task to be a real challenge, thanks to her incredibly narrow feet. After years of enduring not-so-stylish footwear, Lacey started designing shoes for women just like herself. The collection is handcrafted in Italy and has expanded to include medium widths. The LaceyK line was recently showcased in InStyle magazine.
WASHINGTON LIFE: Where do you find inspiration for your shoes?
LACEY K: I admire the clean, tailored lines of Armani, so my collections lean towards a more classic design.
WL: Your collections are named after cities: Portofino, Bali, Paris. How many of these have you visited?
LK: They are all either my favorites or on my “must visit” list.
WL: Where is your favorite vacation spot?
LK: It would probably be Portofino – it’s so charming.
WL: If you could pick one celebrity to wear your shoes on the red carpet, who would it be?
LK: Oprah Winfrey.
WL: What do you do in your free time?
LK: I play USTA tennis, ski, do yoga, golf, garden and enjoy time with friends. I volunteer with Alzheimer’s patients.
WL: What are three things you can’t live without?
LK: My Golden Retriever, a variety of music and sushi, which I crave.
WL: What do you worry about the most?
LK: Preserving our environment and our resources.
WL: What do you most love about D.C.?
LK: Our monuments.
WL: What do you least like about D.C.?
LK: The summer humidity ... I’m not a fan. (No pun intended!) WL