A Kiwi designer is ecstatic R&B superstar Beyonce is taking two new shoes home as a souvenir from her New Zealand concerts.
The Crazy In Love singer showed off the shoes - matching loafers for herself and daughter Blue Ivy - on her Instagram account this morning.
The black-and-white patent shoes are from New Zealand designer Kathryn Wilson's upcoming Winter 2014 collection, with 21-month-old Blue's little lace-up versions from the Little Miss Wilson range.
Ms Wilson said she was "so excited'' that Beyonce received two pairs of her shoes as a gift from her record company, saying the singer was her "absolute idol''.
"It's kind of like the Queen, it couldn't have been anyone bigger in the world,'' she said.
The designer said she had always modelled her range with the former Destiny's Child singer in mind, as an epitome of a strong, successful business woman.
"It's such an awesome thing because we also look to her as a woman in business, in terms of instilling confidence in women, telling them, `you can do anything','' Ms Wilson said, speaking from Rarotonga where she is on holiday with her mother and sister.
"She's always been an icon in the back of my mind which we build the brand on. Beyonce is a strong, successful woman, encouraging other women to do the same.''
Ms Wilson said she "could only hope'' the exposure generated by the singer's more than 7 million followers on Instagram would result in more interest and sales in her shoes. However, she was simply happy that Beyonce owns a pair.
"Just knowing that she has heard of the brand is enough for me,'' she said.
"It makes me want to keep going, all those hard days feel worthwhile when there's a fun day in there.''
Ms Wilson said she first heard the news when her fiancee rang her at 5.30am today after seeing the photo on Beyonce's Instagram account.
She confessed to having "a little dance'' after finding out.
Beyonce was in Auckland for four sell-out shows at Vector Arena last week.
During her stay in the city she also leapt 192m off the SkyTower - twice.
Beyonce's shoes retail at around $299, while Blue Ivy's Little Miss Wilson shoes sell for $99.
Beyonce's promoters said the 44,596 tickets sold for her four shows were a record for a solo artist at Vector Arena. The cheapest tickets were $99.
The previous record was 40,348, for Roger Waters last year.
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