Talking Shoes with Yeardley Smith – Part 2

Carrying on our chat with The Simpsons Yeardley Smith, a shoe expert, fan and designer with the profile to make a difference.

What’s the meaning behind your company name Marchez Vous? Marchez Vous means “you walk” in French and I was born in Paris so it seemed like a perfect fit when I decided I wanted to make shoes that could keep up with beautiful, busy women.

In an interview with, you said you’ve learned that comfort is a “really bad word in the shoe design industry.” Why do you think that is? I have no idea! I was told that comfort was essentially synonymous with ugly? How did that happen?! It’s ridiculous.

Where do you find the time to balance being the voice of Lisa Simpson with designing your own shoe collection? I’m like the Energizer Bunny; I just go until I drop. Which is helpful if you’re obsessed with meeting your deadlines like I am.

Where would you like to see Marchez Vous in a year from now? What about 5 years from now? I have so many plans for the company! A year from now I’d love Marchez Vous to be in Bergdorf Goodman. I want to change the way women think about wearing high heels. I’d like to have billboards in Times Square and the Sunset Strip, and I want to start designing the diffusion line, Sweetchops. Five years from now? We’re ubiquitous.

RWH 2011

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