Most women I know will readily admit that a great pair of shoes instantly changes their mood for the better. Putting on high heels lengthens our shape, changes the curve of our back – and that physical change can evoke an inner feeling of confidence and sexiness, like putting on a smile can make us feel happy. Most women will say they love their shoes because of the way they make them feel – that’s the Cinderella factor!
“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 fairytale of rediscovering a soft sensuality and a powerful femininity.” Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director at Salvatore Ferragamo
SHOES AS PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL MARKERS
Shoes have always been an object of fascination. They are an intimate extension of the body and they seem to say a lot about our attitudes, aesthetics, sexuality and social status. Perhaps it was the influence of Sex and the City that encouraged women to come out of their shoe closet… Their passion for shoes is obvious in all cities around the globe.
Shoes play an important part in the image that we want to broadcast to the world. We wear them as a way to play with aspects of our personality in a less committed way than any other visible marker such as a haircut or bright piece of clothing. This is a message that we can change every day, even several times to fit our changing moods. Women are willing to play with shoes in a way they wouldn’t quite dare with other parts of their wardrobe.
“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.” Sandra Choi, creative director at Jimmy Choo
SHOES AS WARDROBE ESSENTIALS
Simple, sexy black pumps in suede or leather are the ultimate shoe closet essential, they pull together any outfit and add instant sophistication. For spring and summer, sling backs are the classiest shape to flatter your feet. Get a pair in gold, get a pair in silver, make sure they’re fabulous and party on! Tall boots are timeless and will take you places in this world. They’re essential for fall and winter – I rarely go more than two days without wearing my gorgeous and sober leather and suede Dior Biais boots, or sexy over-the-knee Stuart Weitzman Highland suede boots in black or a gorgeous beige shade.
“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Marilyn Monroe
The unfortunate truth is that there is no alternative to quality. Expensive shoes really are better made ando look sleeker. While stilettos are rarely, if ever, comfortable, a well-crafted one will allow you to balance your act and walk gracefully.
SHOES AND BEAUTIFUL FEET
It goes without saying that no matter which shoes we slip them into, our feet must be perfectly clean and neat, without any hard skin or calluses. Nails must be impeccable and painted (be it in a natural shade), the laquer applied with the greatest care. As for hands, pretty feet require a complete and frequent pedicure.
It is important to choose a shoe that flatters your morphology: your overall silhouette as well as the shape of your feet and ankles.
SHOES AS ICONS AND COLLECTOR’S ITEMS
An interesting aspect of personal relationships to shoes is that some women are reluctant to wear the shoes they most love, treating them like a work of art, a collector’s item to be looked at and treasured, perhaps occasionally touched. It is an experience that for them is special, private, and that will not usually happen with an item of clothing or another accessory.
High heels have long ignited our erotic imagination and they are regarded as the ultimate object of worship for designers and style icons. Every season, women’s shoes become become spectacularly more intriguing, although most designers will contrast each extreme trend with a classic, an elegant, elegant, refined and distinctive style that returns season after season – such as Jimmy Choo’s Anouk stiletto (customized for Cinderella below), Saint Laurent’s Tribute sandals, René Caovilla’s Snake sandals and Dior’s D stiletto, which I collect in all its shades.
DESIGNING SHOES FOR CINDERELLA
If you ever dreamed of owning a pair of glass slippers like Cinderella, you no longer have to wait for an unlikely fairy godmother. When the movie Cinderella was released in 2015, Disney enlisted several shoe designers to create their own interpretation of the iconic glass slipper. Among these were two of my favorites, Jimmy Choo and René Caovilla. I got married in Jimmy Choo’s and their stunning Cinderella Edit continues to be part of their collection and is, to my eyes, the most beautiful and elegant of these fairy creations, and one you would not want to leave behind when the clock strikes midnight… She-colibri
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