Fancy footwear

Houstonian's wildly sexy stilettos — some with tiny pistol and holster — shake up the shoe world

Houstonian's ultra-sexy stilettos shake up traditional footwear world

22 Joyce Echols at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Joyce Echols poised to reach the big time with her hot and sexy shoe and handbag collection. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
8 Pink shoes with holster at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Pink stilettos in silk satin with holster and gun. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Black pumps with bullets at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
The "Designed in Texas, Made in Italy" shoes boast bullets, barbed wire and pistols. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
28 Becca Cason Thrash, left, with Alex and Cathy Cranberg at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Becca Cason Thrash, left, withguests Alex and Cathy Cranberg hosted the sample showing, a benefit for Child Advocates. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Strappy black shoes with longhorn bolos at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
The bolo and other Joyce Echols will be carried by Katia Boutique. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 NAME, left, and Caroline Starry LeBlanc at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Sarah Starry , left, and Caroline Starry LeBlanc check out the Joyce Echols fall/winter collection. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Strappy black shoes with longhorn jewelry at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Golden longhorn charms dangle from the ankle of these Joyce Echols designs. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
20 Strappy black boots with holster at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Deconstructed boots with holster and gun. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Strappy black shoes with coin embellishments at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Gilded bullet detailing give sexy status to these high-heeled sandals. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Strappy black shoes with rhinestones at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Swarovski crystals decorate these evening sandals that Joyce Echols wore to the recent Houston Ballet Ball.  Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Navy shoes with bows and barbed wire at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Silk satin bows and barbed wire — wicked evening shows.  Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Shoes with ankle jewelry at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
The buffalo horn anklet trim makes these the most costly designs in the collection, priced at close to $2,000. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
30 Liz Glanville, left, and Joyce Echols at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Liz Glanville, left, and Joyce Echols. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
5 Driving shoes with longhorn skulls at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Men'sevening pumps featur llonghorn skull logos. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
27 Becca Cason Thrash at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
Hostess Becca Cason Thrash. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
22 Joyce Echols at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
8 Pink shoes with holster at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
18 Black pumps with bullets at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
28 Becca Cason Thrash, left, with Alex and Cathy Cranberg at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
17 Strappy black shoes with longhorn bolos at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
1 NAME, left, and Caroline Starry LeBlanc at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
14 Strappy black shoes with longhorn jewelry at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
20 Strappy black boots with holster at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
13 Strappy black shoes with coin embellishments at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
11 Strappy black shoes with rhinestones at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
3 Navy shoes with bows and barbed wire at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
7 Shoes with ankle jewelry at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
30 Liz Glanville, left, and Joyce Echols at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
5 Driving shoes with longhorn skulls at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015
27 Becca Cason Thrash at Joyce Echols Shoes Preview March 2015

The miles-long dining room table in the art-filled home of John and Becca Cason Thrash was laden with the most tempting collection of shoe and handbag accessories that this writer has seen outside of Tootsies, Neiman Marcus or Saks Fifth Avenue.

Congratulations, Joyce Echols, native Texan, hometown Houston entrepreneur, shoe designer on the verge of a major splash.

These wildy sexy shoes will surely appeal to the Texas gal with spunk and Lone Star pride as well as to any woman with a feisty fashion streak. 

We visited Joyce last summer over lunch at Brasserie 19 when she was just launching her whimsical, hot-wired shoe brand. The spring and summer line quietly entered the marketplace as a starting point. Today, her fall/winter designs, which will hit the marketplace in July, reflect a maturing of design and quality superiority that are sure to make Joyce Echols shoes an international success. Already, her brand has caught the attention of buyers and the affection of customers in the Asian market.

Last week, she introduced her ultra sexy, fab designs to Houston friends during a sample showing at the Thrash home. During five hours of schmoozing, the fashionistas and dandies arrived to peruse the Texas-inspired, Italian crafted offerings. On this special day, 10 percent of the pre-order sales were earmarked for Child Advocates.

Guests such as Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Sarah Starry, Courtney Hopson, Melissa Mithoff, Holly Waltrip and more arrived to give a look-see at the creative and finely crafted footwear. 

Echols was pleased to share that that her designs had been accepted by the same highly-selective Italian manufacturer as that of Charlotte Olympia. Thus, upping the quality of the products as witnessed in the shoes, boots, sandals and handbags on display last week.

No denying there is a Texas twang to many of her designs, some laced with gilded barbed wire or bullet heads or long horn steer logos. These wildy sexy shoes will surely appeal to the Texas gal with spunk and Lone Star pride as well as to any woman with a feisty fashion streak. But then there are even more sophisticated designs such as the silk satin high-rise boots or the tuxedo bow-tie evening pumps and evening slippers for gents that carry her longhorn skull logo.

 Our particular favorites included the Swarovski-encrusted  evening sandals, the silk satin evening boots and the party sandals with tiny pistol, rhinestone included. 

Joyce Echols designs are priced accordingly with other top-line shoe designers with prices ranging from $500 to $2,000, the latter a high-rise sandal embraced at the ankle by a round of buffalo tusks.

Our particular favorites (keep in mind that I am not exactly fashion forward) included the Swarovski-encrusted  evening sandals, the silk satin evening boots and the party sandals with tiny pistol, rhinestone included.

Love, love, love the bullet head-encrusted booties and pumps. Love the fur-trimmed booties with barbed wire accents. Love the longhorn steer logo that emblazons both her handbags and pumps.

Stay tuned for Joyce Echols' success. She has appointments in New York this week with Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf's, more meetings with buyers from Asia and with owners of Houston's Katia Boutique, which carries her brand.

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