A girl’s best friend is… SHOES. Simple. No fuss. No doubts. They stand you tall through the rollercoaster called LIFE. Takes one to know one, says Goa’s fashion and lifestyle writer, Ethel Da Costa in a girl-soul conversation with India’s hottest and Hollywood’s latest Girl-on Fire, actor DEVIKA BHISE, who debuts in the award winning `The Man Who Knew Infinity’ worldwide release.

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Of course shoes maketh a woman. Ask any well heeled fashionista in town and they will concur without batting an eyelash. With fashion weeks sprouting like bean stalks, everybody is paying attention not to the garment, but what’s standing ground under the hemline. If you have been watching Hollywood’s debutantes take the red carpet like steeds on gallop, you will know that every shoe couturier worth his dollars is paying serious attention to sole-stoppers. Actor Devika Bhise’s shoe closet stands glamorous witness to every woman’s dream come true. Read on:

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Heels are a girl’s best friend…
Like any good accessory, heels can dress up every look, even jeans! A dramatic, bold heel is always my last minute life saver to pull together an outfit. Or, when in doubt, a classic black close toed pump has never disappointed! It’s also a state of mind… slipping on a pair of heels makes every woman feel more confident, sexy, tall, powerful, and able to conquer the world!
The day I discovered shoes maketh a woman
I started obsessing over shoes in my early teens. The way you walk changes your entire demeanour and nothing beats the way women walk in high heels– unless they are limping by the end of the night, but that’s another story.
Brands that define my style sensibilities
Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Stuart Weitzman, Giuseppe Zanotti. Always classic, always chic. I think style is timeless and their collections never disappoint! I never look at brands when buying shoes though, my shoe closet has a lot of diversity with vintage pairs as well.
My Red Carpet decoded
There are so many things that go into a Red Carpet look– you always want to shine, but can’t have too much going on. If I have a classic, simple outfit I will always choose bold shoes, accessories or make up, and vice versa. It’s about the whole package! For my Red Carpet confidence, I would say that high heels are my secret weapon.
Shoe tips for the debutante
Always carry spare band-aids in your purse in case of any last minute discomfort! Dr. Scholl’s gel insoles always help me stay on my feet for long nights. But just in case, I also carry a pair of compact, foldable ballet slippers.

Ethel da Costa
Fashion & Lifestyle Journalist, Founder-CEO, Think Geek Media

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