Poker pro Beth Shak has been making news this summer, and it has nothing to do with poker, but instead all the fuss is about her feet. More specifically, her shoes. Shak, who famously possesses a massive, designer label filled, $500k shoe collection, even found her kicks at the center of her divorce proceedings, when her ex-husband accused her of spiriting away the collection in a hidden room in their New York City apartment to avoid having it counted among her assets.
As Carbon Poker’s blog reported, Shak, who owns over 1200 pairs of shoes herself, will be developing her own shoe line, which is set to hit retail outlets soon. Shak was quoted as saying that her teenage daughter urged her in this direction, remarking that, “My almost-18-year-old daughter wasn’t happy having a mom that traveled and was gambling. She kept saying, ‘Why don’t you design a shoe line?’ and one day I was like, ‘You know, she’s right.’”
Despite the high sticker prices on her fancy shoes, Shak might be right to stick to fashion, as poker hasn’t exactly been a cash cow in recent years for the divorced single mother, who, rather randomly, appeared on an episode of Bravo’s television show The Millionaire Matchmaker. As reported on carbonpoker.ag, Shak has racked up less than $96k in poker winnings in the past five years, and hasn’t cashed in a tournament since back in 2010. Still, Shak maintains that she and poker are not totally finished, admitting that she still would love to win a WSOP bracelet, which many poker enthusiasts scoff at as being a very, very long shot at this point.
Shak has been pretty outspoken about her love of shoes, with the NY Times reporting earlier this year that Shak was to appear in a documentary all about shoes entitled ‘God Save My Shoes‘, not to mention that she has also appeared on an episode of MTV’s Cribs, also devoted to showing off her expansive collection. As for her own line, Shak has designed a signature feature, which she hopes will become as recognizable and iconic as Christian Louboutin’s unmissable red leather soles.
“I have a signature bead buckle on a lot of my shoes that I’ve trademarked,” Shak said. “On the bottom of each of my shoes . . . is a chubby little heart, so when you are walking, people can see the blue heart and know it’s one of my shoes.”