A Tale Of Two Shoes: How I Survived Emmy Night

08/30/2006 at 10:34 AM ET

My first Emmys and all I can say is thank god I listened to veteran PEOPLE reporter Marisa Laudadio who insisted I bring a pair of ballet slippers with me to the awards!  I was planning to wear my 4 1/2 inch YSL pumps ($495, but bought on sale in Honolulu, but you can check eBay). But when our driver got to the Shrine Auditorium, he realized he didn’t have the right parking pass to get us to the entrance. With only 15 minutes to make it to our seats, our only hope was to sprint OVER A MILE to the theater. So I whipped out the ballet flats (luvmyflats gold leather ballet shoes from Nine West for $49) and started booking down broken sidewalks and Hardee’s parking lots. My Versani 18k gold and diamond earrings ($1,800 loaners—thanks guys!) and my $99 black Andalousy Satellite Paris necklace and $120 Jeanne Nicole lariat were flying everywhere. But thanks to my rubber-soled luvmyflats and my stretch taffeta frock ($410, Nicole Miller), the toughest thing about that mad Emmy dash was trying to breath through fits of hysterical laughter while hauling some serious ass. — Anne Marie Cruz

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Charlotte on

LOVE those YSL shoes. I’d be so sad to take them off! If I had been there, I’d just be limping around all night. ;)

Liz on

Love the shoes and the story! Love the Jeanne Nicole lariat necklace too, I have one! It rocks! Great write up!

hali on

eww.. thoose are some ugly shoes!

xraopink on

Those YSL pumps are making me drool over the keyboard.

deansail1 on

sounds like quite an adventure – thank goodness for ballet flats!!!

shelly on

love, love, love the ballet flats. what did a girl do before they were in fashion?

Allan on

I’ll admit, I’m a guy and originally from Prague, however, if I was a woman, those shoes would never leave my Czech-side (or my side-check LOL! for a small hockey joke). I am also skeptical that those ballerina feet matches those bags because if they happened to be one perfect fit, it could make your entire trip blessed with symbiosis, like two species who benefit one another without even knowing that! Lovely write up-Allan

anne marie on

hey hali, i think i know how you feel. i never used to like metallic shoes. but i wish you could see the back view of the tapered heels on those ysl wedges. yum!

grace on

Great story, but now I want to see a picture of your whole outfit! Will you post one for all of us to see?

Adam B. on

Wow – a BIG change from the clunky black chaka shoes you used to wear at Yale during the grunge days! I’m glad to hear that you’re still in great sprinting shape, and also that you have the discipline to run past the Hardees restaurants!

anne marie on

hey grace, can you believe, the photographer got into a car accident? (i hear he’s okay.) so the pics i ended up with weren’t really online-ready. oh well!

Anne on

Those shoes are GORGEOUS. And the dress? Va-voom. Love that it’s stretch tafetta. If God wanted us to be super skinny, He/She wouldn’t have created stretch materials.

Maria on

I know that dress. It is both stylish and functional adding just the right touch of ‘glam’ with the shimmery fabric.

I understand if you skip the dress and just wear the YSL with some lingere, you don’t need to worry about the flats. Apparently a deluge of hot guys will appear to carry the damsel-with-distressed-feet during the entire event.

anne marie on

hey all, just a caveat about the ballet flats. i’m actually wearing them now (no, I’m not in my Emmy dress), and they’re still fab, but the elastic can feel a little tight, so i’d suggest getting a half size bigger than you need. (i’m usually a 6.5, but the 7s are pretty snug.) cheers!

Diane on

I know this is beside the point, but I live across the street from the Shrine Auditorium, and there are no Hardee’s within miles of south Los Angeles. In fact, there aren’t any Hardees in California, period (they’re Carl’s Jr.)

sam on

why are you posting this blatant advertising? this isn’t news.

anne marie on

hey diane, coulda sworn i saw a big hardee’s sign in my peripheral vision. guess that just goes to show you how fast jamie and i were running!

Abe on

A guy can appreciate good looking shoes like those – but 4 1/2 inches sounds too much!

Denise* on

If I could afford a $400 pair of shoes….

diznan on

I will dream about those shoes tonight. Great story, I felt like I was there running with you.

amanda on

that is the cutest dress ever.

George on

I love the Versani (www.versani.com) rings and this history!!

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