The Footwear Insider’s Guide to Las Vegas

With most of the U.S. footwear industry hanging in Las Vegas this week for FN Platform, WSA, Project, Off Price… Vamp got the low-down on the best places to wine, dine, win and lose in Sin City from Vegas market week regulars. From shopping to the blackjack table, this is how the footwear industry does Las Vegas.

James Sowins, Dr. Scholl’s Creative Director and Brand Director
Favorite Las Vegas restaurant: Nobu
Casino game of choice: Blackjack
Elvis, Liberace or The Rat Pack? The Rat Pack
Old Vegas or new Vegas? Old Vegas
You’ve been bumped from your flight and have an extra 12 hours in Vegas. Where would you be found? Shopping.
Which Vegas headliner has the best shoe collection: Celine Dion, Britney Spears or Elton John? Elton John. I have always been a Patrick Cox fan.

Leslie Gallin, President Footwear, UBM Advanstar
Favorite Las Vegas restaurant: Bartolotta at the Wynn
Casino game of choice: Roulette
Elvis, Liberace or The Rat Pack? The Rat Pack, of course.
Old Vegas or new Vegas? Well, Old Vegas in the days of the Rat Pack. Loved the round beds at Caesar’s in the day, but now I like new Vegas.
You’ve been bumped from your flight and have an extra 12 hours in Vegas. Where would you be found? At the Wynn shopping and in the casino.
Which Vegas headliner has the best shoe collection: Celine Dion, Britney Spears or Elton John? If I could get into their closets, I would know for sure, but I would say probably Elton.

Michele Levy, Melissa Shoes CEO
Favorite Las Vegas restaurant: Oh boy, that’s a fun one. Our Japanese distributor once came from Tokyo to Vegas and took me to this Japanese hole in the wall at the Flamingo, and I could not believe how authentic the food and the service were. This was five years ago. Since then, its where I can likely be found in Vegas.
Casino game of choice: Blackjack, hands down. I love it, but I am so bad at it that I still use the cheat cards.
Old Vegas or new Vegas? New Vegas. I like old Vegas, but it is nice to have options. New Vegas for me is New York, so it brings me right back home.
You’ve been bumped from your flight and have an extra 12 hours in Vegas. Where would you be found? At the blackjack table trying to master the art.
Which Vegas headliner has the best shoe collection: Celine Dion, Britney Spears or Elton John? Elton John. He looks like he can rock any look. Sequins, sparkles, studs — he can carry anything.

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