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In thinking about Kate Middleton’s wedding day, legendary shoe designer, Manolo Blaknik, wants Kate’s wedding shoes to represent “springtime”.
Back in February, Footwear News asked a handful of top designers to sketch their designs for the Royal Wedding. This is what they came up with (images courtesy of Footwear News). The first one is Monolo’s :
“An ivory silk pump with organza lilies of the valley and sea pearls. It represents springtime and everything fresh and new, which is what Kate Middleton is about,” he said.
Giuseppe Zanotti designed a black satin sandal with a large sapphire centerpiece and surrounding diamonds, on a metal dipped stiletto. He said, “I wanted her shoes to match the classic and sophisticated elements of her ring, but with a younger, modern edge. Jewelry for the feet is my DNA, so designing for a princess comes very naturally.” Just my opinion, but his design seems a bit more high fashion than princess-worthy on her wedding day.
Rene Caovilla came up with a white satin sandal with marabou feathers and multicolor Swarovski crystal gems. “This shoe is fit for a princess because the sandal is elegant, sexy and precious, and it suggests a magical atmosphere.”
My pick out of the three would be Manolo’s. They are pure, delicate and demure – perfect for a Princess on her wedding day. However all three of the designs are far more dewy and delicate than the heels she typically wears. While I think Ms. Middleton has made some fashionable wardrobe choices over the past few years, I suspect her taste in shoes will become a bit more refined after the wedding. Here’s a look at the heel style she tends to favor: