Shoe designer turns his attention to Jewish athletes

A shoe designer to the stars is hoping to boost the chances of the US team at the Maccabiah Games in the summer.

Stuart Weitzman has donated £600,000 to Maccabi USA ahead of the 2103 tournament. The competition, held every four years, brings together Jewish athletes from around the world.

Mr Weitzman, who is well known for his high-end shoe designs and for creating shoes to be worn at the Academy Awards, was a participant in the games four years ago in the table tennis section.

He said the experience showed him how Maccabi "changes the lives of the athletes by enhancing their connection to their Jewish culture and heritage".

The designer was recently chosen to create the eponymous glass slipper for the first-ever Broadway staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Last updated: 1:20pm, February 22 2013