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As Strictly obsessives, we have a weekly drool over the dancers’ sequined gowns and glittery slippers. But something is in danger of overshadowing their sparkly brilliance. And that something is Claudia Winkleman’s vast shoe collection, which gets a nightly airing on her BBC2 Strictly spin off, It Takes Two. From fringed boots to four storey platforms, high street to cobbling godfather, Jimmy Choo, Claud’s footwear is becoming so popular we wouldn’t be surprised if it got its own show soon.
Ever since her infatuation with a pair of lilac pumps aged six, Claudia has loved shoes. And thanks to her continuing preoccupation with ‘knock out’ footwear, she now has forums dedicated to her shoes, with multitudes of fans posting heel related messages on the Strictly website. From one shoe devotee to another, she’s more than happy to oblige when folk want to know where her shoes are from. In one case, she even gave a fan the heels off her very feet. Oh yes. Ladies, no other woman truly understands your shoe mania like our Claudia, which is why we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet the bubbly presenter and her ‘babies’
Really? Hilarious. I’ve always loved shoes. I remember my first shoe experience was hankering after a pair of lilac T bar flats when I was six. Then at 11 or 12 I had my first patents. Hel lo. But my mum wouldn’t just buy them for me. I had to pay for half of them by doing odd jobs for her. I do the same with my two kids. Essentially, the shoe makes your outfit. The rest of you can be very relaxed old opaque tights, woolly cardie, tunic but add a pair of knock out shoes and it’s transformed.
Do the celebs and dancers envy your collection?
Oh yes. We compete with shoes. Ola, Erin and Lilia will come up to me wearing something good and say, ‘I bet you haven’t seen THESE!’ And I remember the first time I met Alesha Dixon. She was wearing a bejewelled high heel. Fully bejewelled. With black skinnies. I thought, ‘Yeah, she’s working it.’
Do your shoes get a lot of fanmail?
When I started doing TV, I assumed (wrongly) that nice 25 year old boys would send me letters and ask me to dinner. And they didn’t. So yes, most of my letters are from women and more often than not they are about either my shoes or clothes, or a couple in Strictly they have a fascination with. I gave away a pair of shoes the other day. A girl came up to me when I was wearing these purple satin heels with a sexy peep toe from Dorothy Perkins. She got so emotional about them, I couldn’t let her leave in such a state. So I said, ‘What size are you?’ And I gave them to her. I understood her face.
Have you ever had a shoe malfunction?
Yes. I was at a party once and they led us all out into the back garden, which was grass. I mean, really. I was wearing these shoes with a spiky heel as thin as a matchstick proper sexy shoes and I just sank immediately. I spent the next year of my life trying to unpick the mud from them. Another time, I was at a studio to do a voice over, wearing a high boot. I tripped, fell and landed on a coffee table that had a goldfish bowl on it, knocking the fish out of the bowl. We had to pick them up off the floor and flick them back in. The boots were OK, though.
Do you have old favourites?
Yes. My fringed mid calf Christian Louboutin boots. In Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna gave up a jacket for a pair of boots. Well, I’d have given up my children for these. I fantasised about them. I believe they came to me in a dream. I also love my Topshop ballet slippers in ‘Blush’, and my Chanel pumps. They are perfect for chasing after my little monkeys. Not real ones, I mean my kids. It would be weird if I was chasing real monkeys. I probably wouldn’t catch them.
Which shoe has got the best reception on the show?
The Jimmy Choo black lattice platforms (above left). I swear they’re the sexiest things ever. I am repellent without make up, but if I put these on, they put the spring back in my step, regardless of lip gloss. I’ve worn them on the show twice and we had countless calls about them. Off, they are OK. On, they are simply ‘I’m sorry, I’m going to die’ sexy. They are my dream shoe.
Any other favourites?
I have a pair of felt Christian Louboutins (left). I love them. And they’re so comfy, I could run a marathon in them. I also adore my pink Miu Miu heels with a bow on the back. They look like a pair of frilly knickers. They were I’ve had loads of people run up to me and ask where they’re from.
Do you have a heel height rule?
I don’t like a kitten heel. Urgh. You either have a flat or a proper heel. None of this middle sht. I once saw a photo of Sarah Jessica Parker, eight months pregnant, running in heels. That’s a woman who has it sorted.
Which heels are your husband’s favourite?
Well, he actually likes my Converse. He likes what a flat shoe stands for, ie, we’re all going to the zoo or something. He’s happy if I’m in a smiley mood and feel great, regardless of shoe.
Who is your style icon?
Kate Moss. She’s the best dressed person on the planet. Lily Allen also looks super cool. I don’t like the ‘tits out, legs out, clutch bag’ look. Ugh. Jo Wood always looks so beautiful and it’s all vintage. I just can’t be bothered with all the effort that takes. My mum inspired my style growing up. I have a memory of being tiny and her sweeping in to cuddle me. She was always head to toe in black, and smelled of perfume.
What’s your most extravagant purchase?
The Christian Louboutin fringed boots. They were I almost cried. I made sure they counted as my Christmas and birthday present. If I could make a back lit, glass covered room for them, I would.
What is the most revealing outfit you’ve ever worn?
I really try not to go there. If I had a body like Cameron Diaz, I’d be naked all the time, but I don’t. I dressed as Snow White for Halloween. Does that count?
Legs or cleavage?
Legs. Never both. I always think a round neck jumper, a cute skirt and thick black opaques are sexy. It’s geek chic and leaves it all to the imagination. I assume people know what my boobs will probably look like without me having to get them out.