I always thought that the story of Cinderella was one of finding the ultimate shoe that fit, rather than a tale of finding your Prince Charming. Just a simple girl basking in the glow of the most beautiful shoe in the world, a shining marvel of a glass slipper if you will, right there on your foot, whispering “Buy Me” (I don’t know about you, but shoes speak to me, and I fall for it every time) “please, take me home and my magical powers will make you a princess!” Well, that’s what happens in the demented mind of a shoe obsessive (guilty as charged!), but clearly I’m not the only one who sees the classic fairy tale in this light. Saks Fifth Avenue brilliantly collaborated with Walt Disney Studios (as they are set to release a brand new version of Cinderella starring Lily James and Richard Madden) and 9 celebrated shoe designers to create a collection of the most exquisite, extraordinary examples of the modern glass slipper. See, I’m not the only one!
In what can be described as pure fantasy for every shoe-loving lady, Charlotte Olympia, Rene Caovilla, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman, Paul Andrew, Nicholas Kirkwood, Alexandre Birman, Jerome C. Rousseau and Salvatore Ferragamo unleashed their wildest dreams on what is surely a transformative notion in the collective minds of women the world over. The glass slipper. Jimmy Choo’s pump iced over in Swarovski crystals features a giant florette of raw, gleaming rock crystals at the toe, enchanting and dangerous. Charlotte Olympia’s crystal clear lucite platform catches the light with tiny diamonds set in a magical twinkling star motif. Coquettishly sweet. She humbly said, “I am delighted and honored to be invited by Disney 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.” Great minds….
If I had to select just one, I think my Prince Charming would be Rene Caovilla for crafting a couture shoe from clear perspex and icy blue patent with sharp jagged edges, covered in tiny diamante. The unexpected silhouette looks like a lightening bolt straight from the fairy godmother’s magic wand, impossibly beautiful yet fleeting in its mysterious facade. If shoes have the power to change destiny, then yes, I believe in fairy tales, magic and Prince Charming too.
Disney’s Cinderella-inspired shoe collection is available through special order only at Saks Fifth Avenue and is on display in the New York and Beverly Hills stores. Don’t miss it.