Celia Cruz Inspires New Celeb Shoe Craze!

Young starlets like Victoria Justice and Lucy Hales have made fashion statements on the red carpet lately by wearing very  trendy and bold "heel-less shoes."

But did you know that this sculptural shoe is not a new fad, but rather a trend introduced by the Queen of Salsa herself, Celia Cruz? In fact, in 1997 the Salsa singer donated a pair of her favorite shoes—gold vinyl heel-less platforms designed by Mexican shoemaker Mr. Nieto—to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Since then, there have been at least nine pairs of Cruz’s “signature shoes” on display.

Given her tendency to lean towards the glitziest and most glamorous clothes, it's makes total sense that the Azucar singer adopted this style of shoe as her own! Though fashion-forward celebs are rocking the same trend all these years later, we'll never forget who really started this craze.

Take a look at who followed in Celia's footsteps, no pun intended!

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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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