Welcome to the Luxury Shoe Club interview series where we introduce you to seriously-styled women with serious shoe obsessions.
In today's interview, we introduce you to Mara Winter (IG: @engineeringinheels) - a gorgeous and talented computer software engineer who loves fast cars, PC gaming (in heels of course), furry felines and is a 100% Christian Louboutin fanatic...
Tell us a little about yourself and your background. What would someone be most surprised to learn about you?
Hi! My name's Mara. I’m what you might describe as a tech-geek who typically views the world atop of a pair of fabulous 130mm Christian Louboutins.
People are always surprised to find out that I have a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University. After I graduated, I started my career as a Materials Engineer.
Around 6 years ago I changed professions and became a Software Engineer. Since then, I've never looked back. Today, I work as a technology strategist for my company, and I’m loving it - always in heels of course!
When Did You Realize You Love Shoes? Why Are You So Passionate About Them?
When I look back now, I realize the beginning of my shoe addiction began in high school. Every week I found myself wearing at least one pair of heels. Little did I know what a full blown addiction it would become!
After college, and now getting a paycheck, I made a conscious decision that I was not going to be a stereotypical engineer - wearing polo's and khaki's.
So I soon began buying and wearing designer shoes in most days ending in a "y". I just can't help myself... love the way they make me look! When I'm in a great pair of heels, I always feel a cool mix of pretty and powerful! Since then, I won't be caught dead without being in a fabulous pair of shoes.
Who Is Your Favorite Designer and Why?
Christian Louboutin; need I say more? I also have really been loving Casadei heels lately. Their Blade line is fire. When I'm in a pair of CL heels, I just see the world differently - it's mine to own and I like most shoe lovers, I feel invincible.
How Many Pairs Of Shoes Do You Own? Which Is Your Favorite Pair And Why?
I really need to keep count... It must be between 90 - 100 pairs! One of my favorites is my collection of So Kates and then of course, is my overall collection of 130mm Christian Louboutins. I still keep a fond place in my heart for my very first pair - gorgeous black Pigalles I bought in 2012.
What's Your Perfect Shoe + Clothing Combo? Why?
Cuffed dark jeans, a pair of Christian Louboutin So Kates, and a blazer. Makes me feel so put together.
For date night: a leather mini with a blouse tucked in, either bare legs or sheer black hose and a platform heel.
Last Question... Shoe Goals: What's The Next Pair You're Lusting For?
Christian Louboutin So Kate in Baby Pink – I LOVE baby pink. And, as of the last week, I’ve found them and bought them! I have an obsession…
The other one on my LUSTING list is to get a pair of Casadei Blades in Hot Pink. Just putting it out there in case anyone wants to gift them to me 😉
Thanks Mara, we love your look and your style! You've given us a whole new view on how we see Women in Tech! If you want to see more of Mara's style and her fabulous shoes, you can follow her on Instagram at @engineeringinheels.
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