Every girl has, at one point in her life, a "Cinderella" moment. It's a tale of romance but perhaps, for a number of us, it isn't so much about meeting the perfect Prince Charming anymore but finding—you guessed it—the perfect shoes. Lucky us, we are about to get our happily ever after.
Nine world-renowned designers are playing fairy godmothers as Alexandre Birman, Charlotte Olympia, Jimmy Choo, Jerome Rousseau, Nicholas Kirkwood, Paul Andrew, René Caovilla, Salvatore Ferragamo and Stuart Weitzman are bringing the iconic glass slippers to life in collaboration with Disney. The designers have each created their own version of the shoes in tribute to the live-action film, which will hit cinemas in March.
The slippers, which range from Perspex designs to Swarovski crystal-embellished creations, will be unveiled just before Valentine's Day and are available to order from luxury department stores across the globe, including Harrods, Tsum in Moscow, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Beverly Hills, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Excelsior Milano, Isetan in Tokyo and Level Shoe District in Dubai.
"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," says Alexandre Birman.
Brit designer Charlotte Olympia shares, "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 and Perspex materials is adorned with star and crystal detailing as befits any princess."
"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," says Jerome Rousseau.
Jimmy Choo's creative director, Sandra Choi says, "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."
Nicholas Kirkwood says of his design, which features a pointed toe and bow-adorned heel, "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."
"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," shares Paul Andrew.
"‘Works of arts 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," René Caovilla reveals.
"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," says Salvatore Ferragamo creative director Massimiliano Giornetti.
"Cinderella in 2015 has a timeless appeal. The diamond and translucent bootie enhance the vision I have of her," Stuart Weitzman reveals.
The best part of it all: There's no midnight deadline, they won't break into pieces and you can keep more than one pair in your closet—on rotation.
Cinderella the movie stars Lily James, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett and Hayley Atwell and is directed by Kenneth Branagh.