"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." - Alexandre Birman
"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 Giornetti, creative director Salvatore Ferragamo
"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." - Jerome C. Rousseau
"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
"I am delighted and honoured 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. This transparent platform shoe made with my signature PVC & perspex materials is adorned with star and crystal detailing as befits any princess." - Charlotte Olympia
"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." - Nicholas Kirkwood
"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." - 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
"Cinderella in 2015 has a timeless appeal. The diamond and translucent bootie enhance the vision I have of her." - Stuart Weitzman
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Several luxury shoe designers are getting in on the Cinderella excitement by reimagining the Disney Princess's famed glass slipper. Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexandre Birman and Nicholas Kirkwood -- just to name a few -- have drawn sketches of, and will create, their perfect glass slipper to be sold at Saks Fifth Avenue.
The limited edition collection will hit stores in March to correspond with the film's release. Available in Saks stores as well as globally (at the designers' stores and other select merchants), shoe-loving women all over the world are about to have their very own fairytale ending!
We know what you're thinking: "A glass shoe? Ouch!" Well don't worry, friends, these babies aren't actually made of glass -- would Stuart Weitzman ever do that to you? -- but they certainly will sparkle just as much. That's because they're designed using Swarovski Crystals. Talk about fit for royalty!
"Cinderella's glass slipper has become a magical symbol of transformation," said Jonathan Symington, vice president and general manager, licensing, Disney Entertainment at Disney Consumer Products. "Each pair of shoes in this exciting global collection captures Cinderella's elegance and grace through the lens of celebrated designers, making this shoe collection truly fit for a princess."
And for some further exciting news from Saks: In March, we will see the six center windows of the Manhattan flagship and select windows in Beverly Hills completely transformed with " enchanting fairytale vignettes" to bring Cinderella to life. The shoes, of course, will be prominently displayed.
So since we're talking about how Princess-worthy these are, which pair do you think Kate Middleton is planning to snatch up? Our money is on those Jimmy Choos. (Swoon!) Click through above to see all 9 sketches, and commentary from each designer!