Today, Jimmy Choo is a household name and everyone from Jennifer Lopez to the Princess of Wales is a known fan of the luxury shoe brand. But it was another royal who put that label on the map at the time: Princess Diana.
Specifically, the former Princess of Wales wore baby blue satin slingbacks from Malaysian cobbler paired with a shimmering Catherine Walker miniskirt for the June 1996 Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall. “It really started everything for us,” Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi previously said.
Slingbacks were a bolder choice for Diana, who developed a close friendship with Jimmy Choo after an early start designing shoes for her’90s, when he started visiting her at her home in Kensington Palace. “The slingback style is all the rage,” Choi now tells Vogue. “It’s an evolution of the court shoe, but with a more modern, lighter interpretation, with a covered toe. This style is perfect for Dress for the occasion, less formal than pumps.”