Shoes Straight from the Yellow Brick Road – Designed by Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood shoes + heels

Londoners can now walk the yellow brick road from Oz the Great and the Powerful, in shoes inspired by the film and designed by Nicholas Kirkwood.

London based designer, Nicholas Kirkwood is well known for his sky high stilettos with intricate patterns and bold colors. Brimming with creativity Nicholas seemed the perfect designer to create real life shoes for four of the characters in Disney’s Oz the Great and the Powerful; the Wizard, Glinda, Evanora, and Theodor.

Walk the Yellow Brick Road

Kirkwood’s Disney inspired shoes will be on display at Selfridge’s Shoe Carnival which runs during March and April 2013. There really will be bricks from the actual Hollywood set, as well as original costumes and props, all serving to transport shoppers to a different land.

Whilst there shoppers can indulge in a little fantasy with Kirkwood’s incredible four-piece collection; from a daring black and scarlet bootie, a zigzag brogue for the Wizard, a strappy black sandal and a glittery stiletto with a 3D ruffle.

James Franco, the Wizard’s, shoes are particularly special as Kirkwood normally only designs women’s shoes. Nicholas told Yahoo Lifestyle UK, “The materials are inspired by the character as they are for all of them. It is embroidered silver on top of suede mixed with alligator – Oz being great and powerful and alligator being the greatest and most powerful I thought it was a nice combination”.

Kirkwood and his legendary stilettos

Jess Cartner-Morley, Fashion Editor at the Guardian, explains the allure of Kirkwood’s shoes, “Nicholas Kirkwood shoes are the kind you fall in love with. They’re the shoes you spot across a crowded shop floor and dream about on the bus home”.

Cartner-Morley isn’t the only one that thinks the 32 year old, Central Saint Martin’s and Cordwainers alumnus, has something special; he was recently awarded the Elle Style Award for Accessory Designer of the Year 2013. Kirkwood isn’t just winning awards he’s also incredibly busy designing, not only for his own collection, but for Pollini’s footwear division as well as lending a hand with the Erdem and Peter Pilotto catwalk collections.

Kirkwood is best known for his impossibly high stilettos. They’re so high in fact that James Tarmy from Bloomberg once asked if he’d ever tried walking in a pair himself, “Yes. I tried to walk around in them, and it was impossible until I was told how to do it: Just imagine you’re tiptoeing, and walk on the front of your feet — don’t try to use the heel”. He went on to point out that he couldn’t possibly conceive of doing it every day.

The heels might be high but Nicholas is adamant that he does do what he can to make the shoes as comfortable as possible, stating that’s he no torturer.


Pippa Green is a London based blogger who thinks that sourcing mens gifts is impossibly difficult, preferring to rather purchase beautiful shoes.

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