IF THE SHOE FITS: Forget the glass slippers — if Cinderella were around today, she’d be sporting a pair of limited edition, red-soled 120-millimeter heels made by Christian Louboutin in Paris.
At least, that’s what the shoe designer imagined when he was asked to give his interpretation of a modern-day Cinderella slipper in honor of Walt Disney’s release of the “Cinderella” Diamond Edition on Blu-ray disc this fall. The fairy tale-inspired shoe was on display for the first time on July 4 in Paris.
Opting out of using solid glass — they would never have survived Parisian cobblestones, not to mention the blister nightmare — he evoked lightness using white lace and sparkling crystals. Perched on a red cushion, and protected by a castle-like structure, the delicate, mini-platform lace heels adorned with Swarovski crystals were shown alongside stills and sketches from the making of the 1950 animated film.
“Cinderella is not only an iconic character when it comes to beauty, grace and fairytale love, but also shoes,” Louboutin stated. “Her character and her story dictated the design to me, it was all there in the pages and the words of this tale.”
He plays a romantic, pensive cobbler in a short Disney clip about the making of the shoe, which was also shown as part of the exhibit. In the six-minute film, Louboutin is under a tight deadline to finish Cinderella’s shoe, and as the clock ticks, friendly animals come to help him find inspiration in the dead of night. He finds it when he observes a modern-day Cinderella hard at work, dreaming of a better