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Superstar Jennifer Lopez speaks about her new 16-piece footwear capsule with Giuseppe Zanotti 

By Sharon Kanter
January 23, 2017 12:19 PM
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The ultimate stylish superstar Jennifer Lopez’s latest project has her flexing her most fashionable muscles, teaming up with famed Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti to drop her own line of luxurious and stunning shoes — named Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez — starting January 23.

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Buy It! Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez “Emme” sandal, $1,295; nordstrom.com

“I have always been a shoe girl,” Jennifer Lopez (wearing Zanotti shoes above, not from her collection) tells People about why she wanted to launch a shoe collection during an interview in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday. “It’s clear that I love gorgeous shoes and boots to make a statement or really complete a look. But it’s so much more than just the appearance of the shoes.”

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Buy It!Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez “Leslie” sandal, $895; nordstrom.com

“As a performer, movement is very important to me, and it all begins with your feet,” the 47-year-old continues. “Whether I’m dancing and need a specific shape for certain choreography, or when I’m at an event and the height of the shoes completely changes my posture and walk, having high-quality footwear is not negotiable. Shoes go beyond simply accessorizing. They dictate how you carry yourself while wearing them.”

Therefore, her own 16-piece capsule features Zanotti’s classic silhouettes in a truly J.Lo interpretations — a.k.a. seriously sparkly and seriously sexy — from a wedge sneaker with crystals (below, $1,395) to a strappy lace-up heel with a crystal buckle (above, $895).

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Buy It! Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez “Tiana” hidden wedge sneaker, $1,395; nordstrom.com

“They shoes can truly make any woman feel feminine, confident and sexy,” she says. Her favorite? Show-stopping lace-up booties doused in hundreds of crystals (below, $2,995).

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Buy It! Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez “Lynda” lace-up bootie, $2,995; nordstrom.com

Zanotti, seen working with Lopez below, agrees: “The corset-style heel is an extremely feminine and fashion-forward shoe,” he says. “When you look at it, you simply say, ‘Wow.’”

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As for why Zanotti wanted to work with the star, he says it was a no-brainer (shown above with Lopez in a photo by Heather Sommerfield). “My shoes are made for strong women who want to feel fabulous, and Jennifer is the epitome of that,” he says. “She is an icon and has a very unique style. She is feminine, sexy and extremely beautiful. I love the way she embodies my aesthetic in her own personal way.”

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Buy It! Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez “Jen” laser cutout bootie, $1,250; nordstrom.com

For more of our interview with Lopez and Zanotti, pick up the newest issue of PEOPLE on newsstands now.

Tell us: What do you think of Jennifer’s shoe designs? Let us know in the comments below!