I watched the Beyonce Imagine film a while ago and it’s fair to say I was left with a fair amount of admiration for Mrs Jay Z (although she’d probably hate me for calling her that and our burgeoning, albeit imaginary friendship is now ruined). But when I read that she was having all her shoes for the Mrs Carter tour designed and made for her by Stuart Weitzman, the admiration turned in to a full on girl crush.
She is having her shoes designed for her and her alone by one of the top shoe designers in the world, to fit her perfectly, to complement every outfit, to enable her to strut her frankly, incredible, stuff on stage.
Weitzman’s trademark is to make shoes out of unique materials like lucite, vinyl, wallpaper and 24 carat gold. He designs one off styles to be worn on the red carpet at the Oscars. He’s like the Prince of the shoe designing world (elusive, enigmatic and probably totally mental)
The Mrs Carter tour will consist of 35 shows in Europe, 29 in North America and 1 in South America. Weitzman has made about 50 pairs for Queen B, ranging from stilettos adorned with Swarovski crystals and knee & thigh length military style boots. Bearing in mind the things the shoes are going to be expected to do, they’ve all been made with rubberized soles so they can withstand all that dancing, foot stamping and hair tossing that she does so well on stage.
Weitzman claims that the project was one of the most inspiring projects he’s ever worked on, saying ‘Beyonce and her team know exactly what they need, always focusing on the fashion and the function of the styles that will be worn’
I think that’s probably the pinnacle of fame for me, to have a whole range of shoes designed for one person by someone like Weitzman. Where does she go from there?! What else will this woman do!? Will she just run for president and be done for it? I genuinely think she could probably make quite a good go of it.
She’s on stage at the O2 as we speak and I’m a tiny bit gutted I’m not there to see it. I’d only want to see the shoes though, obviously. I would definitely not be shouting her name at the top of my voice and filming her every move on my phone to show everyone and tunelessly singing the wrong words to most of the songs. Nope. I would just be staring at the shoes (on the big screen) and making notes. Taking lessons from the master if you like. Ah. Beyonce. Love you. And your shoes.