Every little girl’s dreams have been shaped by stories of princesses and their captivating costumes, but none has been more influential than Cinderella losing her glass slipper. To mark the release of its live action film inspired by the classic fairy tale in 2015, Disney collaborated with nine luxury shoe designers to assemble an enchanting collection revisiting the emblematic slipper. Swarovski, which produced the movie’s crystal version under the direction of costume designer Sandy Powell, provided the crystals featured on the gorgeous shoes designed by Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Salvatore Ferragamo, Charlotte Olympia and more.
In celebration of The Wizard of Oz’s 70th anniversary in 2009, Swarovski, in partnership with Warner Bros, invited the world’s top shoe designers to reinterpret Dorothy’s iconic ruby red slippers for the contemporary woman. This resulted in a collection of vibrant, crystal-embellished red stilettos and platform sandals courtesy of fashion masterminds in the likes of Alberta Ferretti, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Roger Vivier and Stuart Weitzman. Unveiled at New York Fashion Week in a stunning installation, the 21 pieces were beautiful and creative takes on a classic slipper that will never go out of style.
In a world of make-believe, imagine being invited to a crystallized banquet where guests feast on caviar and glistening fruits while drinking champagne from golden goblets. Luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo recreated this stunning scenery in selected stores as part of its Cruise 2017 capsule collection. Sumptuous shoes and clutches were presented on plates waiting to be customized with an irresistible suite of jeweled decorations crafted from Swarovski crystals.
Swarovski’s involvement in shoe design has also helped to shape many iconic footwear pieces that have pushed the boundaries of creativity and craftsmanship. Just look at Christian Louboutin’s staggering 8-inch stilettos embellished with Swarovski crystals and inspired by ballet pointe shoes. For the third volume of Swarovski’s Book of Dreams, London-based footwear brand Gina created Lovebites, crocodile-like platforms customized with Beads and Fancy Stones to turn the shoe into a true work of art. Alexander McQueen’s controversial Armadillo boots from his SS10 Plato’s Atlantis collection and other top-to-toe crystallized shoes are also part of Swarovski’s catalogue of jaw-dropping footwear pieces.
Showstopping crystallized thigh-high boots have been touted as the ultimate It-shoes since they emerged in the 1960s with Paco Rabanne’s Space Age boots and the look was revisited by Saint Laurent for AW17 and Alexandre Vauthier for his latest SS20 couture show. Elsewhere, Gina’s sensual Vlamos boots, featured in a short film starring dancer and model Lea Vlamos, are embellished with 11,000 Swarovski stones and enfold the legs in a spectacular show of skin-tight sparkle.
In the last few years, Swarovski has continued to shine on the runway, spreading crystals on stunning footwear creations made by talented fashion designers. From platform sandals encrusted with colorful stones at Esteban Cortazar’s SS16 show to Jonathan Cohen’s brilliant collaboration with Dr Martens for SS20 and the dazzling toe jewels spotted on Y/Project’s AW18 sandals, the brighter the shoes the bigger the impact.