Dr. Pamela “Pam” Martin

And Her Love of Designer Shoes

Dr. Pamela “Pam” Martin has a penchant for designer shoes. The attractive pathologist, ballerina, and mother of three adult children, sits on a chaise lounge in her handsome Garden District home and smiles as she answers questions about her collection of designer shoes. In answer to the question about how many pairs of shoes she owns, she simply says: “I'll never tell — that's like asking a woman her age.”

Pam’s fascination with designer shoes began as she was waiting for what seemed like an endless amount of time to be ready for her first pointe shoes so she would be considered a real ballerina. “Wearing my very first pair of point shoes made me feel like I was flying,” she says. “I get that same feeling from wearing a gorgeous pair of designer heels.”

She also learned that a poorly made or ill fitting pair of shoes could inflict endless damage to her feet. So by some type of magic deduction, she decided the best shoes for her feet would be made by famous designers such as Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Yves St. Laurent, Valentino and Jimmy Choo. “However, just because a pair shoe bears a designer label, does not mean I will wear them,” she says. “They have to be flattering to join my shoe collection.” While she doesn’t remember her first pair of designer shoes, she does recall her first pair of pointe shoes. “They cost $13.50 and were Repettos.”

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Although Pam is mum about her shoe budget, she does indeed own a sampling of the Who’s Who of shoe designers, including the wonderful signature shiny red-lacquered sole numbers by Christian Louboutin, the famous French luxury footwear and fashion designer. Most of Pam’s shoes are from Saks Fifth Avenue. “I have two great sales associates at Saks who go out of their way to keep me clad in interesting shoes,” she explains, and adds that she has also shopped for designer shoes on vacation. “I somehow can always remember the experience of buying a special pair of shoes on vacation, such as my Pucci shoes from a trip to Italy.”

Since her shoes are her treasures, she keeps them in a special shoe closet, and not in a box. “It’s important to let my shoes breathe,” she says. And where do Pam’s shoes go for retirement? “Luckily, Hope and Ardenne, my two daughters, wear the same size, so there is a lot of sharing. “Be sure to note that my shoes are well worn by the time each pair reaches retirement.”

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A native of New Orleans, Pam spent her early school years in New York. She received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans, where she also did her residency in pathology. Pam also did a surgical pathology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and a dermatopathology fellowship at Tulane University Medical School. Her medical practice is listed as Martin and Marshall Laboratory of Dermatopathology. She is married to Cedric Martin, owner of Martin Wine Cellar, and in addition to her two daughters, she has a son named David.

“I love New Orleans —where I can feel the creative sparks fluttering all around me as I drive around. I love the variety of folks who live here and we are proud of our ethnicity and individuality — no cookie cutter folks here!”

Pam explains her style as, “Classic, tailored and flattering with a dash of flirt. I will not wear something that is in ‘style” if is isn't flattering.” And definitely no cookie cutter shoes for this stylish woman. Just pay attention to what she wears on her feet and you will agree. “You can get by with a very simple dress but a knock-out pair of heels will make an outfit and your day or night. Once I wore pajamas under my coat to a party, but nobody knew because I had on a pair of Valentino heels with crystals.”

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