#shoesnoop | Cassie Lucas

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Everyone in life should have a friend like Cassie Lucas of Firecracker. She is one of the warmest, kindest and most enthusiastic people going around. She is also a feeder and cook, and from her homemade granola to slow-roasted lamb and ability to pronounce Fromager d'Affinois like a boss, it was no surprise that Cassie would end up working in food and events. 

A former landscape architect, Cassie switched the T-square for the kitchen in 2012 when she started her events and catering business Firecracker. Now in its fifth year, Firecracker has grown into a culinary empire that word-of-mouth types loves to recommend to anyone who will listen. Firecracker has a reputation that is synonymous with ëthis-is-mouth-watering-no-seriously-this-tastes-so-good. Cassie combines her passion for people and food by creating events with heart, a design sensibility and more delicious food than you can chew. 

On her feet more than most people, when it comes to shoes Cassie favours comfort with flair and a little extra height. She can walk in 15cm heels with more sass than a tightrope performer, but for now she is sticking to the kitchen with no plans of joining Cirque du Soleil anytime soon.

What was the first pair of shoes you remember owning as a kid, and why did you love them? 
Bubblegummers! I felt like I could do anything in them! They were super colourful with pink laces and I remember feeling super free in them. For fancy activities, I would wear my black patent party shoes with white frilly lace socks and party dress. I thought I was such a lady! 

What do you think your current shoe collection says about you?
My collection is an even split between fun and practical. I have a few pair of fun kicks and a couple of amazing heels that I wear about once every three years. I used to wear heels to all Firecracker events from bump-in, the event itself, to bump-out. But as soon as I hit 32 my body told me to act strategically and accordingly for comfort! Now I wear sneakers for the setup and switch to heels before guests start to arrive. 

What is your all time favourite pair of shoes? 
My Melissa platforms, they are yellow with tassels and a beaded base. They make me super happy when I wear them and about an extra 15cm taller (an added bonus). 

The age-old debate: heels or flats? 
Heels for sure! I am a shorty. 

What has been your biggest splurge on shoes? 
A pair of Miu Miu shoes that I bought in Hong Kong while I supervising a study tour. My colleague encouraged me to buy them, which always helps when deliberating at the cash register. After I bought them, the shoes sat in their box for a year because I was too afraid to wear because I thought I would ruin them. Finally I came to my senses: shoes are made to be worn. I proceeded to wear them every Saturday night out dancing and tipsily ride home in them. I ended up butchering them but they witnessed many stories! 

Where is the best place your shoes have taken you? 
The dancefloor and home again!  I had a great pair of authentic cowboy boots that my friend bought for me in the USA. I took them to Europe when I was living there for work and they visited many countries, dancefloors, and tourist sites. They had the impressive ability to transition from work to night time activities seamlessly. I can't bear to part with them and have had them in my shoe fix it pile for about four years! 

Be honest, do you keep your shoes in out of the box? 
Nice ones in the box, everyday shoes out of the box.


What type of shoe would you never been seen in?  
Crocs and those crazy runners with the separate toes.

What is your biggest shoe regret?
I remember being in second or third year uni and going to a factory outlet designer sale. I had saved up pretty hard and had a sensible plan to buy a pair of sensible black boots for winter. Instead I came home with a pair of white stilettos and cream leather boots. I have no idea what came over me! I think I wore them once in a friends video clip, then donated them both to the Salvos. 

Your verdict on ugg boots out in public, yes or no?  
No. No. No. But if I am being honest, I was prone to wearing my uggs in public on a Sunday when I lived in the Netherlands riding to get DVDs. I did wear uggs once in Melbourne when I was getting a quick takeaway coffee and bumped into this babe with sparkly eyes that I knew. Never again. 

If you were a pair of shoes what would you look like? 
I would love to be a pair of Alexander McQueen the type that Lady Gaga would buy. But I think my sister answered this best when I asked her what I might look like, she said: ìYou would be a pair of super beautiful, comfortable, sturdy heeled, pink sparkly pumps. They'd have bows on the front and fireworks would shoot off the back heels when you walk. Perhaps a little dramatic, but I am happy to oblige! 
 
How many pairs of shoes is too many?  
If you get to the point of forgetting what shoes you actually own! 

Finish this sentence: Whatever happened to the Old Lady who lived in a shoe?
There was an old woman that lived in a shoe,
It was a crusty old boot that made her so blue,
She packed up her bags in search of the best leather,
And she found her joy in a pair of Italian heels forever.

To find out more about Cassie Lucas and Firecracker visit her website here, and follow her on Instagram
 
Cassie chooses our 'Spritz' sneaker and fuschia 'shoe fringe' to get her from A to B in style and comfort.


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