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Edoardo Caovilla unveils Rene Caovilla spring-summer collection at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island

Edoardo Caovilla, creative director of Rene Caovilla shoes, wants you to know his new collection has a shoe for every activity of your day.

“For sure, the snake shoe (heeled and flat gladiator type sandals with “snakes” running up the foot and leg) is what we are known for, but this year we have shoes for every kind of woman,” he said at a personal appearance at Fashion Island. “Combat boots, the running shoe, the flat sandal—there is something for everybody, something for every customer in each part of the day.”

The handsome Caovilla, who took over his Venetian family’s shoe line in 2004, kicked off the current collection at Neiman Marcus—his first time in Orange County, where the line has a rabid fan base.Rene Caovilla_c8117a

“Orange County is a big market for us, and it’s growing. The weather helps a lot because we are a sandal company, but also women like to wear high heels here,” he says with a laugh.

During his visit, Caovilla chatted with fans and shoppers, and autographed illustrations of shoes in the store’s first-floor shoe salon, surrounded by models wearing the line’s serpentine gladiators.

The hallmarks of Rene Caovilla shoes are sky-high heels and ornate ornamentation, whether crystal, floral, or baubles. But this collection also includes more casual and, shall we say, more wearable styles such as Swarovski crystal-embellished espadrilles ($850), pearl be-decked flat sandals ($1,150), lacey metallic high-top sneakers sporting gold stones ($1,638) and super sweet “running shoes” decorated with candy colored flowers ($1,510). The line also includes the expected stilettos that are in no way ordinary, including a luscious crystal-encrusted wrap sandal with a 4.5-inch heel ($1,695) and a black-and-gold web-caged pointed toe pump ($1,395).


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