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Fragrance sandal from Ferragamo’s Red Carpet collection

As my friends and family will attest, I am a shoe whore. I guess its comes down to the fact that shoes will always fit you no matter how much weight you have put on!

While I love buying off the rack, there’s nothing quite like a pair of bespoke shoes, custom made according to your specifications. While there are plenty of options in Hong Kong (LII LII anyone?), the quality isn’t up to par and they end up falling apart in a few months.

Stepping in is Ferragamo, who have just launched their Red Carpet collection, which features made to order evening shoes for shoeaholics like yours truly. Most of you out there will already know that Ferragamo is to shoes what Couture is to fashion. Along with France’s Roger Vivier, Ferragamo dressed the feet of style icons including Sofia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich in their heyday.

Fast foward to 2011, and women can now choose from a selection of four models including the Dalila (strappy open toe sandal), Fragrance (pictured above), Fioretta (sexy platform pump) and Fiordaliso (peep toe pump). Right now, only satin is available in 24 shades with more to be added every season. While the styles are quite classic, you can really have fun with the colours. My top picks are midnight, the perfect shade of dark navy and the chic but unusual mustard.

Orders take six to eight weeks, and the shoes are handmade in the brand’s Florence factories. For that added personal touch, you can get your initials printed on the shoes as well.

Prices range from HK$5,500 to HK$6,950. Available at selected Ferragamo boutiques including Tsim Sha Tsui (Canton Road, TST, tel: 2110 0668) and Central (The Mandarin Oriental, tel: 2523 0899).

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