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November 03, 2005 - Image 81

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-11-03

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My favorite shoes are...

actually boots. They are mid calf, narrow toe,
ultra flat, whiskey brown Jil Sander boots. I got

them three years ago and they are

still

my favorites.

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— Jill Schumacher

Interior designer. Rariden, Schumacher, Mio & Co., Birmingham

SHOE MAVEN

Jayme Kirschner talks about her obsession.

By Shelli Liebman Dorfman

I

n the world of fashion-conscious

Morrison dressy shoes with black ties that I

women, there are many who 'd love to

bought at Tender [in Birmingham]," she says.

walk a mile in Jayme Kirschner's shoes.

Along the footpath toward running her

gravitates to where shoes are sold. A special

own chic women's shoe store, Kirschner's

draw is textures, rich leathers and suedes. "I

feet have been the recipients of more shoes

also look for unique little details," she says.

than she can count.

"And I look for comfort because I'm on my

"I've always had a shoe fetish," says

used to squeeze my feet into anything. I like

chandising and design with minors in busi-

to think we are trendy enough to be offering

ness and fine arts from Western Michigan

our customers 'cutting-edge comfort."'

husband Jeff "is a shoe guy himself," she

Institute of Technology in New York City she

says. And while her son Garrett, 11 months,

was featured in a newspaper article because

is hard to fit, with feet "as fat as they are

of her fantastic buys. "They ran a photo of

wide," says his mom, daughter Sadie, 4,

me wearing a pair of knee-high Guatemalan

"has a fabulous shoe collection already."

Eight years ago, after working as a sales

My favorite shoes are my

cowboy boots with butterflies

and flowers that were handmade for
me by a Texas bootmaker in 1991.

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— Jayme Kirschner

Co-owner, Imelda's Closet

shoes since her babysitting money would

allow, Kirschner maintains, "My own closet of

Angeles, Kirschner paired up with family

shoes isn't what you'd picture. I may buy

friend Patty Spadafore and opened Imelda's

new shoes every season, but I also give

Closet in Birmingham.

away about five or six pairs at a time to my

snob — Gucci loafers, Prada sandals,"

old

But for someone who's been shopping for

rep for various clothing companies in Los

"Pre-the-store I was more of a designer

g

In her West Bloomfield home, Kirschner's

during a semester studying at the Fashion

moccasins," she says.

ll iiic
.

feet all day at the store and as a mom. But I

Kirschner, who has a degree in fashion mer-

University in Kalamazoo. So much so that

'Color is the new black," says Jayme Kirschner, 1
Birmingham shop she co-owns. "Especially fall colors, i- c
like orange, green, any shade of brown, even purple.' i
And everyone needs cowboy boots, in fun, fabulous color s.

No matter where she shops, Kirschner

lucky cousin who wears my size," she says.

And that switch-over is half the fun. "I love

Kirschner says. "But we don't carry much in

that this business is always changing," she

the way of familiar brands. Instead we look

says. "People are happy when they're buying

for what the other stores aren't carrying, like

new shoes. I love that when it comes to

up and corner S. Edelman or labels that are

shoes you can wear anything. It's not like a

hot in Europe but haven't made it to the

handbag where you can tell if it's a designer

States yet — like Cordani, from Italy."

bag. With shoes you can't tell if they cost $48

Kirschner's personal collection almost

or $410. And another great thing about

exclusively includes shoes from her own

shoes: You never have to be on a diet to get

store, which also carries accessories and gift

into them." ❑

items. Exceptions to the "wearing what she

carries" rule include types of shoes her store

Visit Imelda's Closet at 123 Maple

doesn't sell, "like my beautiful Sigerson

Birmingham; (248) 203-1222.

JNPLATINUM • NOVEMBER 2005 •

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