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Nine famous shoe designers re-imagine Cinderella's glass slipper

The biggest names in footwear have turned their talents to the ultimate fairytale shoe

By Katie Rosseinsky
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Cinderella’s glass slipper is the ultimate in fairy tale footwear. To mark the release of Disney’s live action re-telling of the classic tale, nine shoe designers – including Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood and Charlotte Olympia – have given Cinders’ shoes a twenty-first century makeover. The designs will be unveiled at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday February 13, and a limited number will be available to buy from Harrods.

1. Paul Andrew

“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.”

2. Jimmy Choo

“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.” Sandra Choi, Creative Director, Jimmy Choo.

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3. Stuart Weitzman

"Cinderella in 2015 has a timeless appeal. The diamond and translucent bootie enhance the vision I have of her.”

4. Charlotte Olympia

“This transparent platform shoe made with my signature PVC & perspex materials is adorned with star and crystal detailing as befits any princess.”

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5. Alexandre Birman

“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.”

6. Salvatore Ferragamo

“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.” Massimiliano GiornettiCreative Director, Salvatore Ferragamo.
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7. Rene Caovilla

“‘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.”

8. Nicholas Kirkwood

“Cinderella has both delicate and strong qualities as a character. The moment of transformation emphasises both and gave me the design inspiration to create a piece that spoke to the film’s magic.”

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9. Jerome Rousseau

"The stroke of midnight is a wonderful element of the Cinderella fairy tale, 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.”

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