Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fairy Tale Shoes


Anne Anderson "The Three Feathers"

Fairy Princess wearing gladiator-style sandals. Illustration by Johnny Gruelle from "Raggedy Anne and Andy and the Camel With the Wrinkled Knees

Snow White, wearing white-ribboned shoes, Walt Disney's Golden Book, 1952

Twelve Dancing Princesses, by Kay Nielsen

Cendrillon's bejewelled slippers, Illustration by C. Barnes, 1965

Fruit the Fairies Steal Away Never Comes Again, by Florence Harrison

Snow White, wearing gladiator sandals, Trina Schart Hyman illustration

12 Dancing Princesses Illustration, by Ruth Sanderson


Shoes in fairy tales and storybooks often follow the medieval or Renaissance style. They have pointed toes, or toes that curl up; sometimes they are fanciful and whimsical, sometimes just plain. There are a lot of sandals in fairy tale illustrations, and ladies' shoes often are shown bedecked with buckles, bows or rosettes. There are of course lots of slippers, not counting Cinderella's famous shoe of glass or fur.

You can easily add some fairy tale style to your life with shoes like these. Dance when you wear them; flit happily; smile and float.


Badgley Mischka Lacie Sandal, at Nordstrom

Prada Patent Leather Point-Toe Pumps, at Saks Fifth Avenue

Salsbourg Metallic Leather Strappy Sandals, by Christian Louboutin, at Saks Fifth Avenue

Spartacorda Canvas Lace-Up Sandals, by Christian Louboutin, at Saks Fifth Avenue

Decoltissimo, by Christian Louboutin

MaxStudio Sunny Evening Sandals, at Macy's

Kate Spade Nicolette Buckle Flat, on Amazon

Quentin Evening Pumps, at Macy's

Zoo Flats, by B. Makowsky, at Macy's

Marc Jacobs Silver Calfskin Shoes, at Bluefly

Manolo blahnik Lace-Up Ankle Bootie, at Neiman Marcus

Kate Spade Aeryn Flat, on Amazon

Kate Spade Charmer Rose Suede Slingback, at Neiman Marcus

Caparros "Olinda" Peep Toe Pump, on Amazon

Caparros "Ole" Jeweled Pumps, at Bloomingdale's

Jil Sander Lattice Sandal, at Barney's

Kate Spade Cluster Sandal, at Nordstrom

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