In celebration of the March 13 release of the live-action movie version of the Disney classic, Saks Fifth Avenue commissioned nine of the world’s best shoe designers from Jimmy Choo to Salvatore Ferragamo to design their own version of Cinderella’s glass slipper for today’s woman. The shoes, with limited edition, will be finished with Swarovski crystals and retailed globally.
Here are the sneak peek of the designers’ sketches. Which one is your favorite? Feel like give it a try yourself? The magic words are transparent PVC, mesh, glitter fabric, pointed toe, crystal/rhinestones, 5 inch spike heels. Mix and match any of these together and you can’t go wrong when it comes to designing Cinderella’s glass slippers.
If you feel inspired, pick up your ipad and start designing your own Cinderella’s glass slippers. You can get your own shoe sketches custom made at CHIKO Shoes – one of your own kind. It’s precious not for the prince or limited edition, but because you make it you!
Jerome C. Rousseau
Jerome C. Rousseau designed a sandal with studded Lucite upper and adjustable ankle straps. It’s very simple but works and stay in line with the strap sandal trend.
“The stroke of midnight is a wonderful element of the Cinderella fairytale — it adds tension and intensity to the story. I was inspired by that when I designed this style for Cinderella and the result is a dramatic midnight-blue glitter sandal on a sky-high heel. The clear strap is reminiscent of the crystal slipper, while the refined gold and silver trims add the right amount of whimsy to the design. I wanted to create something that, if left behind, the prince would feel even more captivated by Cinderella’s allure.” said the designer.
Paul Andrew designed a pointed toe pump with PVC see-through upper featuring rhinestone encrusted back and stiletto. Toe box is adorned with rhinestone bands.
“Cinderella’s glass slipper represents every woman’s dream shoe. The story, being a classic, inspired me to use my iconic pointed-toe silhouette, which I embellished with an array of hand-encrusted Swarovski crystals to create the ultimate fantasy shoe. I used transparent PVC to create a ‘glass’ effect and ivory suede for luxurious texture and dimension.” explained by the designer.
Charlotte Olympia came up with signature pumps featuring a sparkly upper. Not sure the red letters are part of the design. If it is, it’s a head scratcher and we are looking forward to see the execution of this design.
“I am delighted and honored to design one of the most iconic shoes in history. It was such a pleasure to create my version of Cinderella’s glass slipper, which I have aptly named If the Shoe Fits. This transparent platform shoe made with my signature PVC & perspex materials is adorned with star and crystal detailing as befits any princess.”
“I think every girl desires a Cinderella moment in their lives. This story ignites a love affair and fascination with shoes that never dies. The power they have to transform is instilled from a young age and the fantasy remains alive forever. I wanted to create a shoe that felt magical, with alluring sparkle and a feminine, timeless silhouette evoking those childhood emotions.”
Stuart Weitzman designed a pointed toe bootie featuring mesh upper scattered with crystals and back zipper opening. “Cinderella in 2015 has a timeless appeal. The diamond and translucent bootie enhance the vision I have of her.” said the designer.
“The magic of a shoe that turns a woman into a princess and gives her the feeling of walking on clouds is a universal dream . . . a modern Cinderella fairy tale of rediscovering a soft sensuality and a powerful femininity. A shoe made of transparency and light: the cage heel, an iconic symbol of Salvatore Ferragamo, is covered with Swarovski crystals and is transformed by sparkling impalpability.”
“Cinderella has both delicate and strong qualities as a character. The moment of transformation emphasizes both and gave me the design inspiration to create a piece that spoke to the film’s magic.”
“‘Works of art called shoes’ to grant wishes and raise emotions. Passion and never-ending research don’t draw the line at fantasy and creativity. This is how dreams come true in our fairy tale.”
“My vision of the glass slipper was inspired by the timeless and feminine beauty that I believe Cinderella and the Alexandre Birman brand both share. I reinterpreted our classic Johanna pump, this time giving it a fashionable and romantic twist with satin and Swarovski crystals. It’s a shoe I imagine a modern princess would wear.”