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!

1. Cruz Shoes: Celia Cruz

2. Cruz Shoes: Daphne Guinness

Daphne Guinness attends the Christopher Kane show during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2011 at Sheldon Square on February 21, 2011 in London, England.

3. Cruz Shoes: Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga arrives at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

4. Cruz Shoes: Lucy Hale

Actress Lucy Hale arrives at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheater on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California.

5. Cruz Shoes: Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham attends the launch of the Beckham Signature fragrance collection at Macy's at Herald Square on September 26, 2008 in New York City.

6. Cruz Shoes: Victoria Justice

Actress Victoria Justice attends the Nickeloden TeenNick HALO Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on October 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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