Queenie purposefully wears zebra-striped shoes, a nod to her attire in “The Fate of the Furious.”
Costume designer Sanja Hays told Insider during a September press day for the director’s cut of the film that there was never any other shoe option for Mirren.
“That was a very calculated decision,” said Hays, adding that director Justin Lin wanted Mirren to look inconspicuous in the jewelry store, but still have something that said she was a mother from East London.
That’s where the shoes came in to play.
“We decided the shoe is something that she could be wearing [with] the dress and you’d never know,” Hays said.
Once she spotted the zebra-themed shoes, they were the only choice.
“I saw these shoes and I was like, ‘Where else do you go?'” Hays said, adding that the shoe choice served one other purpose for Mirren’s character. “And it went with that animal print that was already introduced in the previous movie.”
In 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious,” Queenie is introduced wearing leopard print.