Would You Sip Your Champagne From a Shoe?

Rupert Sanderson has been stretching his skills beyond footwear and experimenting with glassware design. The British footwear designer partnered with London’s 34 restaurant — a long-established Mayfair eatery favored by the likes of Kate Moss—- and Perrier-Jouët to create “The Rupert Sanderson Champagne Slipper,” a sleek champagne glass shaped in the form of a high-heeled pump.

The bespoke slipper features a champagne flute in the form of a stiletto heel with an intricate crystal and silver-plated brass shoe — created with London-based goldsmith Clive Burr — attached to the glass. The dusty pink color of the crystal takes its cue from the Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque rosé Champagne that the glass has been designed to accompany.

Sanderson said that as a regular at the restaurant, he wanted to create something indulgent and romantic that celebrates drinking and dining in 34’s opulent environment.

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The champagne glass designed by Rupert Sanderson for 34 restaurant.
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“After spending many wonderful evenings at 34 Mayfair — more often than not, enjoying a glass of two of Perrier-Jouët — it seemed obvious to create something that is utterly romantic. There is a great tradition of Old Hollywood decadence associated with the drinking of Champagne,” said Sanderson.

He also channelled decadence by looking at the restaurant’s art deco-inspired surrounding, as well as Van Alen’s art deco Chrysler Building in Manhattan, when designing.

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Rupert Sanderson x 34 restaurant.
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“It was a delight to design something that shoes lend themselves to so wonderfully. It’s the idea of taking a glass and not being able to put it down until you’ve finished it, and combining that with a shoe and with 34, which is also the most petit shoe size,” added Sanderson.

This is not the first time the popular Mayfair spot has dipped its toes in fashion; last year it paid homage to Kate Moss by launching a Champagne coupe modeled on her breast.

Sanderson has also designed a champagne-colored satin pump, in his signature classic round-toe silhouette as part of the project. The shoe style is available to buy in Rupert Sanderson stores and online and priced at 495 pounds or $615, while a limited number of champagne flute sets will be available to purchase at 34 restaurant.

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