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Deborah Kiwi shoe design

Diana 1981 - Diana Collection

Material: leather / Year: 2020

About the collection:

This series of three pairs of footwear, looks at Princess Diana as a symbol of innocence, worship and eventually sacrifice. Addressing our reckless attitude towards what we love most, this female icon was adored by an enchanted public. Hungry for affection, to the point of placing our protagonist in an impossible and destructive situation.


The shoes in this capsule collection place the foot in that impossible, broken position. Constantly tip toeing a fine line. It replaces balance and ease for consistent restraint and discomfort. And yet, we can’t help but wonder what it is like to walk in those shoes. Could we pull it off and how painful would it be?


About this design:

Reflecting back on a historical European dress shoe for men, this second pair in the series communicates the story of royal restrictions and conventions. The shoe pattern, shape and material is used to depict the all encompassing formal assembly of prominence. As a princess, Diana has become her country's symbol, deprived of self-determination or liberty of self-expression.

Deborah Kiwi footwear design
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