Janet Jackson will kick off her "Unbreakable World" Tour in Vancouver on August 31. For her tour, which comes after a four-year hiatus, Italian footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti will make custom-made shoes for the pop icon, the designer announced Tuesday.
The sneaker will be a take on one of the brand’s most popular existing styles, Women's Wear Daily (WWD) reported. It will be customized in various colour ways for Jackson to wear onstage. In addition, the personalised versions will feature two exclusive colour combinations and 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,” Zanotti said.
The designer said that the duo have been friends since a long time, and when they met earlier this year in Milan, she wanted him to design special shoes for her world tour. Zanotti said that the 49-year-old has always been a loyal supporter of his brand, and he loved seeing her wearing his shoes. The luxe designer said that as soon as Jackson asked him to design for her, he started making a few sketches.
Zanotti, who has been made the official designer for Jackson’s world tour, will also be dressing the tour’s backup singers and dancers. This is the first time that he has taken on a full tour wardrobe. He has earlier designed shoes for Beyonce, Rihanna, Rita Ora, Nicki Mihnaj and FKA twigs.
Zanotti, who will also be present on Jackson’s tour, added that he was excited about how her new single was already a chart-topper. Zanotti said that he listened to the song while working in his studio.
Jackson’s tour will support her upcoming 11th studio album, her first studio album in seven years, which is expected to be released this fall. In June, she released her single “No Sleeep,” which will be included in the upcoming studio album, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jackson’s tour will continue through the U.S. till 2016, while her final concert is scheduled for March 9, 2016, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.