Alesha steps up for shoe launch

IT was a veritable 'who's who' of the social scene at the launch of Arnotts new Shoe Garden last night.

And looking blooming lovely was the guest of honour herself, popstar Alesha Dixon, who revealed how she had been having a great day surrounded by some 50,000 pairs of gorgeous shoes.

"I've tried on lots of pairs of shoes already -- I'm a total heels girl, always," she told the Diary. And she also gave the big thumbs-up to the sartorial choices of Dublin women.

"Irish ladies dress incredibly well. You just have to look around the room -- there's stylish women everywhere," she said.

Checking out the footwear were Lorraine Keane, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Anna Daly, Karen Koster and Lisa Cannon, while actress Leigh Arnold brought along her adorable son Hunter (5 months).