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Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

Miss A’s Fave: Dana Davis Collection Shoes

Dana Davis

Virginia Madsen in Dana's gray Plumeria, which Dana also gave to me as a gift to congratulate my for the SK-II ad campaign featured in Vogue, Allure and W magazines.

I met Dana Davis last year when she came to Washington, D.C. to host a trunk show at SimplySoles, a former client owned by my friend, Kassie Rempel. Dana has created a revolutionary line of shoes that generations of women have been waiting for. She has married luxury styling with invisible comfort technology. And when I write “comfort”, I mean real comfort — not some cliched sales pitch. She brought on board a physician to create the first line of stylish Italian-made designer shoes with built-in orthotics. When you think of orthotics, you think of your grandmother’s shoes, well, Ladies, these are definitely not your grandmother’s shoes! These are beautiful low heels, and are sexy, sky-high heels!

Dana was determined to create this line after her own personal struggle with Type 1 Diabetes. She was diagnosed with the disease at age seven, and suffered with foot problems that led to eight corrective foot surgeries within 12 years. The disease was so disabling that she was forced to give up the career she loved as a teacher, as she was no longer able to spend hours on her feet in the classroom, and was told her to adopt a critical foot care program.

Like so many women before her, Dana was disillusioned with the search for luxurious yet comfortable shoes. But rather than simply wear clunky orthotics, or wear shoes which weren’t good for her, she was inspired her to develop her own line.

Kim Kardashian in Dana's Alison shoe

Not only am I impressed by Dana’s vision and determination, but by her philanthropy. She has been at the forefront of the renowned Children’s Diabetes Foundation – a nonprofit organization founded by her parents Marvin and Barbara Davis – which is dedicated to research and the establishment of groundbreaking clinical and education programs in the area of childhood diabetes. In addition to developing her high-fashion footwear collections, Dana continues her life-long philanthropic endeavors through seats on the Board at The Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls and the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Together with her family, she has raised over $75 million for diabetes research and wellness, through such events as the Carousel of Hope, a biennial fundraiser ball established in 1978 that is one of Los Angeles’ most notable social occasions.

Dana is truly an inspirational woman, and not only that she is so down-to-earth and so much fun to spend time with! I highly recommend you check out the collection online, and invest in some pairs of Dana Davis shoes! Also, be sure to follow the line

Sophie Monk in Dana's Abigail shoe

on Facebook, and Twitter.

– Miss A

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