If you were fortunate enough to afford to indulge in a shoe-shopping spree in the London borough of Hackney in the late 1980s, you might have stumbled upon a brick showroom filled with thigh-high black-leather boots, multi-colored sandals, and hot-pink satin high heels produced by a Malaysian-born designer named Jimmy Choo. Though acclaimed at the time, you would have beaten the crowds to Choo’s shoes, which became red-hot in 1990 after a woman the world knew simply as Di became one of his most loyal customers.
Throughout the 1990s, Choo footwear defined women’s glamour. By 1996 he had partnered with a magazine editor to launch a chain of high-end boutiques—the opening in 1999 of Choo’s Los Angeles branch caught the eye of Hollywood starlets, giving Choo shoes their red-carpet-ready reputation.
Among Choo’s most sought-after designs are his ankle boots, including the George, whose four-inch heel supports an upper of water-snake leather, the Erica, whose carved heel measures four-and-a-half inches, and the black patent leather Chicago, which has a revealing V cutout on the side.
In addition to a plethora of caged-ankle pumps, Choo’s most prized items of footwear could be his sandals, which range from demure flats to sexy, strappy affairs with two-to-four-inch heels. The ones with gold or silver metallic sling backs are especially eye-catching, if not the most practical things to wear to the beach.
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Fashion » J'adore: Sandra ChoiW Magazine, March 3rd
Since taking over as creative director of Jimmy Choo two years ago, Sandra Choi, the niece of the company's namesake designer, has been on a mission to pump new energy into the nearly 20-year-old shoe brand. To that end, she has renovated the London ...Read more
Jimmy Choo at the BAFTASManila Standard Today, February 26th
Guests from the worlds of film and music attended the party at Rosewood London, including Jimmy Choo Creative Director Sandra Choi, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, Keira Knightly, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Douglas Booth, Tom Hiddleston, ...Read more
Which Designer Won the Awards Season Shoe Race?Footwear News, February 25th
Awards season has come to an end, and by FN's tally, Jimmy Choo is the No. 1 shoe celebrities chose for the red carpet. Christian Louboutin was neck-and-neck, while Stuart Weitzman scored third place. Jimmy Choo had a big hit during the Academy ...Read more
Sandra Choi: Jimmy Choo's Big Oscar Moment a 'Complete Surprise'Footwear News, February 23rd
During host Neil Patrick Harris' opening musical number, Anna Kendrick made an appearance as her “Into the Woods” character. Harris was her Prince Charming holding her “lost” slipper, a Jimmy Choo style. Comedian Jack Black had a funny cameo during ...Read more
Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick Open the Oscars With Jimmy Choo Shoe ...Footwear News, February 22nd
Host Neil Patrick Harris, in Christian Louboutin, opened the 87th Oscars in true form—with a musical number. Anna Kendrick soon joined in as her “Into the Woods” character Cinderella, and Harris was her Prince Charming holding her “lost” slipper, a...Read more
Jimmy Choo Designs Lily James' 'Cinderella' Premiere ShoesHollywood Reporter, February 13th
Underneath her skirt, James flaunted the first glimpse of the exclusive Jimmy Choos commissioned for the film's release — a classic Jimmy Choo stiletto, hand-encrusted with hundreds of crystals, producing a shimmering, otherworldly effect. On the toe...Read more
Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin and others create Cinderella's glass slipper ...Metro, February 13th
Cinderella's glass slippers are the shoes every little girl dreams of, and now you can buy them, for real. 11 of the world's hottest footwear designers including Manolo Blahnik, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rene Caovilla and Stuart Weitzman have taken on the...Read more
Jimmy Choo brings Cinderella's glass slipper to lifeNew York Post, February 10th
-In anticipation of Disney's live-action take on “Cinderella,” designers Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexandre Birman, Charlotte Olympia, Stuart Weitzman, Rene Caovilla, Paul Andrew, Nicholas Kirkwood and Jerome Rousseau have each designed ...Read more