Exclusive: Stuart Weitzman Reveals His Real-Life Cinderella Shoe

The Internet's pretty much been freaking out over the forthcoming collection of real-life Cinderella shoes ever since Disney announced its existence last week. Nine designers, including the legendary Stuart Weitzman, will give their take on the most famous lost shoe of all time. Even in the sketch form shown above, Weitzman's creation is pretty breathtaking — but today, we're bringing you something even better: an exclusive first look at the actual shoe that will be sold in stores. Ta-da...
Stuart Weitzman’s creation is less a glass slipper, and more the world's most magical ankle bootie. Set atop an elegant stiletto heel (that's thankfully less vertiginous than the spindly sketched version), the shoe is adorned with over 3,000 Swarovski crystals. Called the "Princesa," it will retail for $3,500 for a limited time only. (We're guessing brides-to-be are already stalking this one.) Swarovski also created the glass slipper that will be worn in the forthcoming film version of Cinderella, so it's an apt collaboration. We asked Weitzman about his inspiration for the Princesa, and he gave us the following thoroughly delightful response: What do you think about Disney princesses?
"I have always been fascinated by the fairy tale, and often been asked 'Why do women love shoes?' and the answer is so obvious: What is the first wonderful story that most little girls read about? Yes, something as simple and accessible as a beautiful shoe makes her feel like a princess. Who wouldn’t want to be Cinderella for a night?" What was your inspiration when designing the Princesa?
"To create for her a modern shoe with more diamonds than she can count." A fairy tale indeed. More style scoop:
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