Christian Louboutin Reimagines Cinderella’s Glass Slippers
In anticipation of the October release of the animated classic Cinderella on Diamond Edition Blu-Ray Combo Pack & HD Digital, Walt Disney Studios invited footwear designer Christian Louboutin to reimagine the glass slippers that Cinderella’s fairy godmother gifted to her, one of which she famously dropped while fleeing from the ballroom seconds before midnight, unintentionally leaving behind a clue that the smitten prince would later utilize to locate his future bride. Louboutin embraced the challenge eagerly, hoping to create a luxurious shoe imbued with a similar magical quality. It’s hardly a stretch for Louboutin to create a pair of fairy tale-worthy heels — after all, he regularly sprinkles his own brand of magic into the realm of footwear, operating as a fairy godfather of sorts by giving women something to make them feel more confident, feminine, and beautiful. Even if they’re not on the quest for Prince Charming, they’ll have a “happily ever after” with Louboutin’s heels.
The result of this epic collaboration is the glistening, romantic, opulent pair of heels pictured above. To mimic the transparency and shine associated with the original glass slippers described in the fairy tale, Louboutin used delicate, see-through nude lace along the uppers, encrusting the material with fine crystals arranged to resemble butterflies in flight and positioning these along the sides of each shoe. The dainty round peep toe, meanwhile, was adorned by a sculptural butterfly with molded wings outlined in silver crystals, a matching butterfly positioned along the back of the shoe, right at the ankle. He then covered the stiletto heel with dainty silver crystals and integrated his signature red soles into the design.
Louboutin’s dreamy, Cinderella-inspired heels were on display at his Paris boutique from July 2nd through July 5th, coinciding with Paris Haute Couture Week, and could very well resurface in his 20th Anniversary restrospective exhibition at the London Design Museum.
Only 20 pairs of slippers were created and — get this— a few fans will have the chance to win their own enchanted slippers as part of an upcoming Facebook contest. To get the latest on the upcoming giveaway, make sure to check out Facebook.com/Cinderella.