Will the princess-to-be slip on heels by Manolo Blahnik or Guisseppe Zanotti?

By Suzanne Zuckerman
March 01, 2011 07:00 AM
Courtesy Footwear news

If the glass slipper fits…

Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress may remain a closely guarded secret, but five famed shoe designers – including celeb favorites Manolo Blahnik and Cesare Casadei – have revealed their visions for her Big Day. From precious gems and lace to silk and feathers, each created a fantasy shoe with the future Princess in mind.

“I wanted her shoes to match the classic and sophisticated elements of her [engagement] ring, but with a younger, modern edge,” Guisseppe Zanotti (a favorite of Beyoncé and Katy Perry) tells Footwear news. “Jewelry for the feet is my DNA, so designing for a princess comes very naturally.”

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Casadei, who counts Kate Hudson among his fans, likened Middleton to “a 2011 Audrey Hepburn.” He created “a waterfall of stones dancing down the foot. I can see Kate dancing all night in this ‘new tango’ heel.”

René Caovilla accented his white satin sandals with marabou feathers, while Blahnik opted for sea pearls and organza lilies of the valley, a flower often found in the bouquets of British society brides. His shoe “represents springtime and everything fresh and new, which is what Kate Middleton is all about,” he says.

Going with an intricate lace pump and Scottish seed pearls, Georgina Goodman says of her design: “I wanted to create something special … something old and at the same time mirroring Kate’s fresh modernity.”

Carrie Bradshaw, eat your heart out. (See all the sketches on Footwear news.)

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