Editor’s note: Rock the CATWALK, United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Women Leadership Council’s annual fundraiser features fashions from several local boutiques. This six-part series serves to highlight each boutique’s unique style and preview some of the looks to hit the runway.
Participating since the start of Rock the CATWALK (RTC), Amy’s Shoes has provided fashionable footwear to women since the event’s inception in 2009. Owner Amy Bradford was invited to participate in the original fashion show by Sally Stewart, one of the founding members of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC).
Amy’s Shoes expanded to include accessories and clothing at her original Rocky River location, as well as a second footwear-only store in Woodmere. Covering Cleveland’s busy professionals “from head to toe,” this year Bradford and her staff will provide outfits and shoes for the event.
“This year is different for us because we’ve been mostly a shoe store until about a year ago,” she said. “And then we expanded into clothing. This year we’re excited because we’re not only showing our footwear, but clothing looks as well.”
In her years participating, Bradford has seen the seasons and fashions of RTC change. Early shows showcased spring, business and rocker chic styles, this year she will be showcasing her boutiques holiday fashions.
“You’ll see leather and suede, both in clothing and footwear – a lot of moto jackets and suede dresses,” she said. “Some of our looks will have a little bit of a rocker-chic vibe to them…Our store might incorporate more funky and casual into the weekend look.”
Bradford enjoys RTC in part because of the models she gets to work with. Having provided styles for professional and community models, her and her staff members consider each woman’s sensibilities and comfort when choosing shoes for their night on the runway.
“One thing we love about this event is getting to know the models,” she said. “When we meet them we hear about where they work and perhaps show them our store, which they might not have seen before. They all seem to be successful, busy people so they might not have a lot of time to shop, so it’s great to wardrobe them and they get to see all the looks together on the runway. It’s always a pleasure to work with them.”
This year’s Rock the CATWALK is Thursday, November 3 at the Global Center for Health Innovation on St. Clair Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are on sale now. For more information, contact Megan Shadrach.