Years ago, when entertainment outlets first got wind of Hollywood’s favorite cannabis hack, there was quite a bit of, er, buzz — and not always the good kind. Capobianco says the recent launch of Stiletto Cream is part of the company’s effort to “destigmatize and normalize cannabis.” Mellon, with her history in high-end footwear (you may know her as the mind behind Jimmy Choo), was a natural fit. “Tamara’s fierce spirit, her deep understanding of what women want, and her commitment to breaking boundaries aligns perfectly with our movement,” the founder shares.
First off: Yes, cannabidiol is in foot care now, and it actually has been for a while. Long before Stiletto Cream was a thing, wardrobe stylists would apply topical CBD to their clients’ feet just before shoving them into sky-high heels, to help assuage the pain. (I mean, can you imagine having to break in new shoes while posing for photogs at a movie premiere?) It’s said to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, as The Zoe Report previously reported.
Want to join Kristin Bell, Sophie Turner, and Maude Apatow — who all reached for Stiletto Cream at the 2019 Emmy Awards — in slathering yourself in CBD from heel to toe? "We recommend applying the Stiletto Cream 20 to 30 minutes before you slip into your high heels to allow it to fully absorb,” Capobianco suggests. “Massage a nickel-sized amount onto each foot and go about your hair and makeup routine as you let it sink it.”
For those who don’t have the time or inclination to wait for the thicker cream to dry, there’s Mazz Hanna’s Smoky Quartz Infusion CBD Foot Spray. The product was actually the first that Hanna, a celebrity manicurist, created when it came time to formulate her namesake line. “From her experience getting A-list celebrities like Julia Roberts and Selma Blair red carpet ready, she saw how CBD lotions caused her clients’ feet to slip out of their shoes,” the brand tells TZR in a press release. “On top of that, she was always worried about different lotions ruining their super expensive heels.”
In addition to 250 mg of CBD, the product is infused with smoky quartz crystals. They “ground you and transmute any negative energy, so you can enjoy positive vibes all day and night long,” according to the brand — making for a non-greasy, sinks-right-in spray that’s equal parts practical and magical.
I told myself to have an open mind. Ms. Capobianco said that each morning I should apply a nickel-size dollop of cream (which would contain the equivalent of about 4 milligrams of CBD) 20 minutes before putting on shoes. So on Day 1 I duly unscrewed the tube, rubbed some on and immediately discovered I needed socks to prevent wiping out on the bathroom floor (the base is cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil and fruit acids). Then off I went in gold metallic sandals with a 4.5-inch wafer thin stiletto heel, lent by Ms. Mellon, taking my reporting to new, well, highs.
Over time, my perception of shoe-related foot pain gradually shifted; while I was aware of the sensation and cause, I wasn’t thinking much about either by the end of the day.
A devoted user of CBD products, Ms. Mellon was introduced last year to Cindy Capobianco, the president and co-founder of Lord Jones . They began working on a cream specifically formulated for feet after celebrities, including Olivia Wilde and Busy Philipps , said they used Lord Jones’s body lotion on their feet to relieve the agony of the red carpet promenades. The result retails for $70 a tube , and contains 200 milligrams of CBD (which, according to the labeling, makes it a “high formula”).
For as long as I’ve been working on the fashion week front lines, I’ve been a loafer and sneaker devotee. Occasionally, if the dress code reads “black tie,” I would try the odd chunky strappy heel. The idea that a cream would allow me to totter over cobblestones in five-inch spikes (the kind Ms. Mellon herself is famous for wearing) seemed close to unimaginable.
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Called — surprise — Stiletto Cream, the product was introduced last month and was the brainchild of the shoe czar Tamara Mellon and Lord Jones , the upscale Los Angeles-based brand behind a hit CBD-infused body lotion .
Our reporter hits the fashion week front lines wearing a new cannabis product. And stilettos.
Rather, it was doing all that in five-inch stiletto heels. For a week.