These Ain’t Red Bottoms: Cardi B’s Putting Her Foot in a New Collab With Steve Madden

Our favorite regular, degular, shmegular reality/rapping phenom keeps making “money moves.” This week, Cardi B debuted a curated selection from fast-fashion fave Steve Madden, a partnership that makes her signature style accessible to the masses who can only dream about owning a pair of “red bottoms.”


And while famed shoe designer Christian Louboutin may be behind the curve on the woman who shouted out his “bloody shoes” in her now Grammy-nominated single, “Bodak Yellow,” hopefully the rest of the fashion world is taking note. Echoing funny girl Leslie Jones, Cardi B tells Teen Vogue that designers have frequently declined to dress her, despite her tremendous success. (Notably, fashion wunderkind and Project Runway winner Christian Siriano stepped up to dress both, beautifully.)


But for those looking for shoes perfect for dancing to “Bodak Yellow” this holiday season, Cardi’s picks—and tips—are available now, ranging from $89.95 to $229.95.

Hit the store—you can get ’em both. You don’t have to choose.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, co-host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door...May I borrow some sugar?

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It’s nice to see Cardi B promoting a brand many of us can afford and one who doesn’t mind being associated with a real Afro-Latina woman from the hood. Louboutin acted like they were too good to give her a deal, despite her giving them some great press. These luxury fashion houses (Dior, Chanel, Gucci, etcetc) will give every mediocre White actor, singer, or actress big ad deals. Beyonce talked about how fashion houses wouldn’t dress Destiny’s child when she accepted her CFDA award. Nothing has changed, they just do it begrudgingly for the super famous Black people. Black celebrities need to stop shouting out brands who don’t want to be associated with them or their people. Most of these fashion brands won’t even put 2 Black models in their PFW shows, but they love for Black glitterati to show up and sit front row.