Bridal Shoes Biography
Shoes in fairy tales
87. Cinderella is the obvious first…then there’s Anderson’s “Little Match Seller”, who has her shoes stolen by ragamuffins. There’s also the girl from “The Red Shoes”, which is quite a creepy and wonderful story. The mermaid from “The Little Mermaid” feels as if she’s walking on knives all the time, though that isn’t really shoes. On to Grimm. There’s the little sister in “The Almond Tree” who gets a pair of shoes from her dead brother. There’s “The Shoemaker and the Elves”, though I don’t think that has anything to do with women, if that’s your topic. The girls in “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” wear out their shoes. If you want to go as far as Hoffman, Clara from “The Nutcracker” defeats the mouse king by throwing her shoe at him. Don’t forget the iron shoes in which Snow White’s stepmother dances to her death at the “happy ending” wedding.
3 contemporary Shoes designers
88. Jimmy Choo: Malaysian born Jimmy Choo constructed his first pair of shoes at the age of 11. As a young man, he paid his way through studies at Cordwainers Technical College by working at restaurants and as a cleaner at a shoe factory. In 1986, after completing his schooling, Choo began creating shoe designs that soon caught the attention of celebrities and fashion industry figures alike. Voguemagazine featured his hand-made shoes on a record eight pages in a 1988 issue and his star continued to rise when Princess Diana became a fan of his work. Choo teamed up with British Vogue accessories editor, Tamara Mellon, in 1996 and together the two co-founded Jimmy Choo Ltd. The company grew at an exponential rate, but the story did not have a happy ending. Conflict arose between Choo and Mellon. After Choo’s niece, who had worked for him for years, chose to side with Mellon, Choo left the company, selling his 50% for only £10 million. Since then, Choo has focused on designing his exclusive Jimmy Choo Couture line. One of his goals is to establish a shoemaking institute in his native Malaysia.
89. Steve Madden: American shoe designer Steve Madden has enjoyed great success and suffered considerable lows over the course of his career. Madden went from personally visiting boutiques trying to convince them to buy his first shoe designs to being the CEO and founder of Steve Madden Ltd., a company that was enjoying dominance over the teenage girl demographic in the world of shoes in the 1990s. The good times ended in 2002 when Madden was convicted of stock manipulation, money laundering and securities fraud. He was forced to resign as CEO and sentenced to 41 months in prison. Madden served 31 months of his sentence while holding the position of creative and design chief at Steve Madden Ltd. During his time in prison, he proposed to his director of operations, Wendy Ballew, was treated for substance abuse problems and continued to draw a $700,000 salary from his company. Since he was released, his company has only grown more successful and his designs continue to appeal to teens and 20-somethings.
90. Christian Louboutin: Known for the distinctive red sole on all of his shoes, Christian Louboutin designs footwear to help a woman feel confident and empowered. The red sole trend began in 1992 during the early days of Louboutin’s high-end shoe line. The designer sought to spice up the look of a shoe that “lacked energy” by painting the bottom with red nail polish. Soon the shiny, colourful sole became a signature aspect of his shoes. Louboutin has even patented his red sole design as a trademark in the United States. Louboutin first developed an awed love of shoes as a child of 12 when he ditched school in favour of watching the showgirls in Paris nightclubs. He never finished school and soon poured all his energy into bringing the stiletto heel back into fashion around the world. The 1990s and 2000s saw a trend of sky-high heels measuring 120mm (4.72 inches) and higher thanks in large part to Louboutin’s creations. Louboutin is also not afraid to adorn his shoes with embellishments including jewels, bows, feathers and other decorations. There are more than a dozen Christian Louboutin boutiques around the world, each uniquely designed and decorated by Louboutin himself.