"Cinderella"-inspired luxury shoe
collection includes designs by (top row, from
left): Rene Caovilla, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy
Choo and Paul Andrew; and (bottom row, from left)
Charlotte Olympia, Alexandre Birman, Salvatore
Ferragamo, Jerome C. Rousseau and Stuart Weitzman.
there is certainly no shortage of movie-merchandise
tie-ins pegged to Disney’s live-action version of
"Cinderella" (think fairy godmother wands and
Bluetooth speakers shaped like pumpkin carriages), let’s
be honest: This is one fairy tale that’s all about the
folk may not know that the story doesn’t always
include a glass slipper. Different versions describe
different kinds of slippers (such as "Aschenputtel"
by the Brothers Grimm, which features a pair of gold
shoes). It’s Charles Perrault’s 1697 version that
gave us the now familiar glass slipper that helps the
prince reunite with Cinderella.
suggest that the oddity of a glass shoe stems from a
mistranslation in which pantoufle de vair (fur slipper)
became pantoufle de verre (glass slipper), but most
Cinder-scholars have dismissed that as a straight-up
new film doesn’t mess with tradition. Costume designer
Sandy Powell reportedly had Swarovski make the glass
slipper that appears on the big screen.
it makes perfect sense that Disney Consumer Products has
reached out to some of the biggest luxury shoe brands in
the business to create ball-worthy footwear confections
inspired by the glass slipper of the Cinderella story.
The results include such different interpretations as a
pair of midnight-blue, high-heeled glitter sandals by
Jerome C. Rousseau (suggested retail price $795) and
glittering stilettos with a blossom of thumb-sized
crystals at the toe ($4,595) designed by Jimmy Choo’s
creative director, Sandra Choi.
between those two extremes are offerings from Charlotte
Olympia, Stuart Weitzman, Paul Andrew, Alexandre Birman,
Salvatore Ferragamo, Nicholas Kirkwood and Rene Caovilla.
Although many of the shoes have transparent panels or
crystals that evoke the notion of a glass slipper, none
seems to actually be made of glass. (And, yes, it is
possible — Q by Pasquale made wearable shoes out of
Murano glass in 2010.)
shoes will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue department
stores in New York City and Beverly Hills sometime in
March, as well as in some of the designers’ own
big question is no longer whether the fantastical
footwear will fit your foot — it’s whether the shoes
will fit your budget.