"It is extremely rewarding, every time a famous singer chooses my creations on stage. Music is one of my main sources of inspiration and part of my DNA. The energy embodied by a great artist on stage is the type of energy I try to recreate when I design shoes for every woman," Zanotti tells Billboard exclusively.
To help bring Gaga's specific vision to life, the designer "had to translate what she liked (lace-up booties) into something unique and extremely practical." The result: a custom black velvet block-heel booties with flecks of silver shimmer and lace-up detailing, which she styled with an all black velvet asymmetrical bodysuit. The second set of heels Gaga sports are custom white leather booties with a crystal band and block heel, paired with a crystal embellished bodysuit, origami-like jacket and a white feather eye mask.
"Designing shoes for the stage is extremely challenging and requires great attention to details. Boots and booties are usually the most requested styles because they give you the right support while dancing. Especially for big performances, block heels and rubber soles are preferable – the artist needs to feel confident and safe," says Zanotti. He adds that while comfort is a key factor when creating performance shoes, they should also include "show-stopping elements with wearable features," because "shoes are key to making a successful show."
Check out Gaga's recent interview with Billboard senior editor Katie Atkinson, where the chart-topping artist discusses her Joanne World Tour plans, the significance of playing Manchester Arena, and more.