Giuseppe Zanotti shoe design for Janet Jackson

Janet will be wearing sneakers (or trainers if you’re not American) on tour custom designed by Giuseppe Zanotti.

In an interview with WWD, Zanotti said he’s designed the shoes in multiple colours for Janet to wear on stage.

Janet is a close friend of mine — we have been close for a long time and I have always felt the greatest affection for her. She has always been a very loyal supporter of the brand and product. She talked to me about her upcoming Unbreakable World Tour when we were together in Milan earlier this year, [and] she asked me to consider making her a special shoe for the tour. Of course, I was…very flattered and I immediately started to sketch some ideas out for her.

The shoe which is a high-top is based on one of the brand’s most popular existing styles and will be customised in two exclusive colour combinations with new buckle detailing.

Janet will be dancing a lot on stage as well as singing, so I wanted her to be very comfortable and able to move around easily. The shoe has to be light but practical and provide support to her feet.

We are frequently asked to provide special shoes for celebrities on tour, [but] this is the first time we are the only luxury shoe company involved.

Zanotti will also be dressing the tour’s backup singers and dancers, marking the first time he has taken on a full tour wardrobe. And the designer will definitely be visiting one of Janet’s shows.

I am a huge fan. I have all her albums and I am so excited that her new single “No Sleeep” is already topping the music charts. I have been listening to it in my studio while working on my new collection.

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