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Four of the world's top shoe designers reveal their dream careers

Four of the world's top shoe designers reveal their dream careers

Wishful thinking

Editor: Talar Bilemjian


Image: WWD

From Manolo Blahnik to Nicholas Kirkwood, everyone has a idea of what they would have loved their job to be, even if they are some of the world's biggest shoe designers

One of the most asked questions as a child is what do you want to be when you're older? Well, four of fashion's biggest footwear designers have revealed what they wish they could have been, or perhaps even become... if designing gets old.

Giuseppe Zanotti

"I think I would have enjoyed being a glass designer. The world of glass is rich in shapes and colours. They can be made in different sizes and materials, from vinyl to crystal, silver, pewter and wood. I would have loved to experiment with all these materials I don't usually get to use in my work." 

Footwear designers reveal their dream jobs

Manolo Blahnik 

"I would love to be a stonemason. That is because I love working with my hands. Stone is my favorite material in the world, especially volcanic stone-basalt. It is so beautiful." 

Footwear designers reveal their dream jobs

Jerome Rousseau

"A VJ on MTV in 1983. I would be best friends with Cyndi Lauper. I would play Duran Duran and A-ha video clips every day. Music has been a constant source of inspiration for me personally and professionally. I grew up glued to 'I Want My MTV,' and it shaped the person I am today." 

Footwear designers reveal their dream jobs

Nicholas Kirkwood

"An astronaut, but I'm pretty sure NASA doesn't let you smoke on the shuttle, so that's a no. But I most likely would have gone into jewellery. I very nearly studied it while I was at Central Saint Martins.

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