Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - This exhibition will open in Science Museum Oklahoma’s smART Space galleries on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The exhibit features local, national and international artists and will examine how the shoe has been interpreted in art throughout history, the science and engineering behind specific shoe designs, peoples’ relationships with footwear. The artworks from Col-lec-tion by Virtual Shoe Museum are part of the show.
Sole Expression - The Art of The Shoe
Sole Expression - The Art of The Shoe

The exhibition 'Sole Expression: The Art of the Shoe' celebrates our shoes and their too-often overlooked significance in our lives. In the exhibit you will find how the shoe has been interpreted in art from the 19th century until now, modern artistic interpretations by shoe designers from around the world, local artists’ interpretations of their association with footwear, the magical shoes featured in fairytales and literature, an interactive materials touch wall including DIY shoe design tables, plus an installation that  explores peoples relationships with shoes and the powerful ways that relationship effects our lives, activities and perceptions.

Shoe artists and designers on show
Zita Attalai, Amber Ambrose Aurèle, Suhandan Ozay Dermikan, Gabriel Dishaw, Costa Magarakis, Hugh Meade, Mark O’Brien, Mark Schwartz, Kelly Jo Shows, Lisa Sorrell, Paige Sorrell and Col-lec-tion artists Liza Snook and Charlotte Visser.

Local artists: Marilyn Artus, Alyson Atchison, Nick Bayer, Erica Bonavida, Kim Camp, Kjelshus Collins, Gayle Curry, Douglas Shaw Elder, Klair Larason, Adam Lanman, Nathan Lee, Sean Vali, and Julie Yang.

Col-lec-tion
Col-lec-tion makes illustrations with barbieshoes and sells postcards and artwork. In the near future we plan to to sell fabrics (shawls, shirts, bedlinnen), stationary (notebooks, calendars, diaries, wrapping paper...) and wall paper as well. Col-lec-tion is founded by collector/curator Liza Snook (Virtual Shoe Museum) and designer/photographer Charlotte Visser.

Sole Expression: The Art of the Shoe
Feb 17th 2017 – Jan 10th 2018

Science Museum Oklahoma’s smART Space galleries
2020 Remington Place, Oklahoma City, USA.

Museum hours
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Illustration and animation 'Rocket' by Col-lec-tion.com.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - The International Wooden Shoe Museum in Eelde NL is looking for designers/students who have a passion for wooden clogs or footwear using woord as material. The museum challenges them to design and make a pair of clogs for the future. They have a chance to get their designs shown at the exhibition 'CLOGS new STYLE', on show from 01.04.2017 till 31.10.2017.
The International Wooden Shoe Museum is looking for designers/students with a passion for clogs.
The International Wooden Shoe Museum is looking for designers/students with a passion for clogs.

The International Wooden Shoe Museum requests designers/students to send in their design and motivation before 31.01.2017 in 3D and digital. A motivation must be added how the design can be realized. With the present clogs production methods or by using new technologies.
Please send in your designs to Bertus van den Hof. Bertus van den Hof is a board member of the International Klompenmuseum as well as a board member of the European Wooden Shoes Foundation. This foundation promotes clogs, making/cutting clogs, connects clog museums at an European level.

Jury
The jury will consist of a clog-maker, a Dutch artist and re-present from the Klompenmuseum.

Winners
Up to twenty clog designs will be presented at the exhibition. The winning and to be exhibited clog designs will be announced mid February 2017.

International Wooden Shoe Museum/Internationaal Klompenmuseum
Wooden shoes or clogs: although everyone knows what they are and what they look like, they are worn much less frequently nowadays than they used to be. In fact clogwearers have become an all but extinct species. Yet is it not so long ago that almost everybody owned a pair of clogs and used them every day. Consequently there were lots of clogmakers in those days, who all made their own models, often in a variety of colours and decorations. This immense diversity in clogs from the past now forms a valuable part of the cultural heritage of a people.

Wooden Shoes Museum 'Wietzes Bros' was named after the two last clogmakers in Eelde, Elso Wietzes (1916-1977) and Egbert Wietzes (1925-1988). They were not only good makers of clogs for daily use, they also collected clogs from many different countries.

After Egbert's demise the Foundation Wooden Shoes Museum 'Wietzes Bros' takes over the management of the collection of clogs and the clogmaking tools. The collection of Mr H.P. Bongers from Enschede is added to the collection of the Wietzes brothers. Bongers was a teacher at the Technical College in Enschede. His collection included clogs and unique clogmaking tools from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France and Spain. In 2002 this whole collection becomes the property of the Museum.

In 1990 the Wooden Shoes Museum 'Wietzes Bros' in Eelde was opened. It's international collection includes:
• More than 2.300 pairs of different clogs and other footwear with wooden soles from 43 countries.
• The largest and most diverse clog collection in the world.
• Hundreds of tools from seven European countries.
• Simple clog machines from The Netherlands, Germany and France from around 1920.
• Information in the form of books, newspaper articles, photographs etc.

In The Netherlands we want to promote and preserve the Dutch cultural heritage of the clog making/cutting handcraft. And we want to involve the youth in this traditional technique.

SFO Museum San Francisco International Airport 2017
From 20.03.2017till 01.11.2017 seven special pairs of marriage clogs from The Netherlands and France, will be on display at a special exhibition at the International Airport of San Francisco, USA.

Special exhibition
CLOGS new STYLE
On show from 01.04.2017 till 31.10.2017

Adress
The International Wooden Shoe Museum
Wolfhorn 1a
9761 BA Eelde
The Netherlands

Opening times
From April 1st till October 31st
Tuesdays - Sundays from 14.00 to 17.00.

Groups
Up to 60 persons by pre-arrangement.

More information
The International Wooden Shoe Museum

Photo: French wedding clogs for the groom from the valley of Bethmale in the French Pyrenees, early 20th century.

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 2017 is almost here. And for shoe lovers this can't start without the fabulous shoe calendars by Workman Publishers New York. A must have for shoe lovers! Step into a shoe lover’s dream. Adapted from Linda O’Keeffe’s internationally bestselling book, 365 Days of Shoes is an exuberant celebration of luxury and style. The 365 Days of Shoes Calendars features a full-color photo on every day. Since 2008 a notable part of these shoes images were selected by the Virtual Shoe Museum.
2017 Shoe Calendars by Workman Publishers
2017 Shoe Calendars by Workman Publishers

For 2017 the cover of the Shoes Gallery 365 Days of Shoes Calendar was this editions Jan Jansens 'Master of Shoe Design' red Orrchid shoe on the cover.

Shoes Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar 2017
The calendar that’s the perfect fit for every shoe lover’s desktop, Shoes delivers a year of fabulous footwear photographed in luxuriant full color. Jerome C. Rousseau’s red silk 'Gilliam' pump with glittering gold toe. A sexy purple velvet ankle boot by Cleo B. Plus swoon-worthy designs by Sophia Webster, Minna Parikka, and Nicholas Kirkwood, Vivienne Westwood’s sky-high gingham and leather platform pump, and an elegant silk brocade dancing shoe, circa 1916. It’s a year of impeccable style. In this issue you will also find a nice shoe selection from the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk, the Netherlands and many talents from the Virtual Shoe Museum collection.

Published by: Workman Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780761188582

365 Days of Shoes Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2017
It’s the obsessive calendar for the obsessive shoe lover, packed with day after day of head-turning style. There’s Jerome C. Rousseau’s vivid beaded peep-toe bootie. A fur-lined pump from Manolo Blahnik. Aperlaï’s suede fringe stiletto. Plus more shoes—the avantgarde, the whimsical, the sophisticated, the sexy, the one-of-a-kind, the utterly show stopping, from Giuseppe Zanotti, United Nude, Stuart Weitzman, and other top designers. It’s like looking in your closet and discovering a glamorous new pair for every day of the year. In this issue you will also find a nice shoe selection from the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk, the Netherlands and many talents from the Virtual Shoe Museum collection.

Published by: Workman Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780761188568

More shoes by Jan Jansen at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2017' in Vienna on April 27th. Europe sure needs more crazy shoes, so you (when based in Europe) are invited to join the competition and send in your registration form until February 13 2017. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 16 2017.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2017
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2017

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2017 Vienna: conditions for participation:

Organizer
Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.

Purpose and goal
The creativity and skill of the profession is to be demonstrated in order to draw attention to the international proficiency of the craft of shoemaking.

Participants
All establishments’ shoemakers, shoe designers, shoe manufacturers from Europe.

Authorizing the participation of the piece
The shoe design must be wearable (women size 35-41, men’s size 39-47) and must be made by the participant.

Number of competition entries
Each participant may only submit one pair of 'Crazy Shoes'.

Registration
The registration form must be received until February 13 2017 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs
None.

Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of any other persons attending the shoemaker's ball in 2015 are to be paid by the participants.

Submission of the 'Crazy Shoe'
The 'Crazy Shoe' must be received by March 16 2017 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna) with a description of the 'Crazy Shoe' (idea description, materials used, labor intensity) with photos of the working steps (jpg file). The images are shown at the ceremony in a digital photo frame. Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and jury
The 1st Evaluation of the submissions will be carried out in March 2017 by a panel of experts and laymen, and in the presence of a lawyer. The evaluation and selection of shoes by the Jury is based on a point system. The top 15 pairs of shoes go on to the final round on April 27 as part of the ceremony, in the Studio 44. The final round will be conducted by a panel of experts and prominent figures from politics and art, and in the presence of a lawyer. The selection of shoes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be made on a point system. The Jury's decision is final. Jury members may not participate in the contest.

Notification of the nominated participant
The participant will be notified March 22 2017 by email, that he/she is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via email or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than March 29 2017. If the deadline expires, the next highest participant is re-nominated.

Presence of the participant
The nominated participant must be present for the final round on April 27th 2017 or send a representative. If the nominee or his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe is removed from the competition!

Presentation of participation piece
The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 27th 2017 himself or he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes.
The practice will take place before the ceremony, the participants will be informed on March 2017 about the beginning of the practice.

Prizes
As part of the ceremony, on April 27 2017 in the Studio 44 the top three pairs of shoes will be awarded with a winning trophy, certificates and a prize.
1. Prize in worth of € 1.500,-
2. Prize in worth of € 750,-
3. Prize in worth of € 350,-

More information
Submissions received that do not come in the finals will be sent back after the ceremony by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and will be sent back in end-April 2017 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the ceremony, on April 27, 2017 in the Studio 44. Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form if you come alone or with an extra person.

The program
Saturday April 27 2017
Ceremony 'Award for the Crazy Shoe 2017 Vienna'

Download your registration form.

The winners 2016 are 1 Jennifer Cavanaugh, 2 Günter Näumayr, 3 Stefan Haitzer, Daniel Scheidl and Simon Watzinger.

Photo shoes 'Ich steh am Wörthersee' by Günter Näumayr.
© fotoweinwurm

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - The High Heeled Art Footwear Design School by Mark Schwartz and Nicky Avanzini offers hands-on approach to learning shoe design workshops in January and February 2017. In Parabiago, Italy, the region for today’s top shoe designers.
Mark Schwartz shoe design workshops in Italy
Mark Schwartz shoe design workshops in Italy

Hands-on approach to learning shoe design
The shoe industry today is an ever-changing business that must be followed closely when it comes to trends. But, there must be a basic core to good and classic shoe design that runs through every trend and ever-changing season, be it fall/winter or spring/summer. Knowledge of basic design skills is very important and is the spark that can ignite you into the world of shoe design. This 6-day course covers sketching and conceptualizing, pattern-making, and sample-making your design. We visit the leather houses that supply the world’s top designers, heel factories, and shoe accessory suppliers (buckles, etc.). Classes are limited to 3-5 students, so that the atmosphere remains intimate and hands-on.

The High Heeled Art Footwear Design School by Mark Schwartz and Nicky Avanzini
Mark Schwartz is an accomplished footwear designer with more than 30 years experience designing shoes for Roger Vivier, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Cleo Bottier, and Neiman Marcus. Mr. Schwartz has collaborated on design projects in the past with Balenciaga, Chanel, Gucci, and Jean Claude Jitrois. He has made shoes for Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Natasha Richardson, Tina Turner, and Lady Gaga, to name a few.



Nicky Avanzini is our school coordinator. Mr. Avanzini is the owner of Nik Service, a well-known private car service in the Milan area. Mr. Avanzini also takes care of all hotel reservations. He is our school translator, speaks English, Italian, Spanish and French. Nicky has also been the assistant to Mark Schwartz for five years, so he plays a key role in the school’s activities. He is our go-to man!

 Joining us as a special guest will be an accomplished technical designer and patternmaker whose family also owns a shoe factory in Parabiago. We will be working in his studio throughout most of the class.

Workshop details
You will be picked up at Milan Malpensa Airport by Mr. Avanzini. Arrivals are normally the day before class starts, where it’s recommended that students spend the rest of the day in their hotel resting up due to the 6-hour time difference. There will be group launches and dinners, which you have the option to attend (all hotel, meal, and airfare are separate costs from the class fee). We get a very reasonable hotel fee of around $110 per day. Final hotel rates will be announced before end of November with the hotel info. The hotel is located about five minutes from the school.

Parabiago
Parabiago, Italy is the region for today’s top shoe designers. The city and its factories have led the way in better shoes and design for hundreds of years. This course can be repeated and we also do private lessons with one or two students in between the week-long breaks. If that is something you would be interested in, please contact Mark Schwartz for further information.

Class hours
10 am to 7 pm, with a lunch break from 12:30 pm to 2 pm.

Dates 2017
First Class: Arrival Jan 8
, classes from Jan 9 - 14.
Second Class: Arrival Jan 29
, classes Jan 30 - Feb 4.
Third Class: Arrival Feb 19

, classes Feb 20 - 25.
The workshop dates for March, April and May will be released after the new year.

Workshop costs
Total price for the class is $2250.00 per student for 6 days of classes, Monday through Saturday.
$500.00 refundable deposit is available. We require at east 2 weeks or more notice to any cancellation. The $1750.00 balance is due 30 days before class starts.

More info at highheeledart.com.

More shoes by Mark Schwartz at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 'Every Girl Deserves her Cinderella Moment… 'This has been the philosophy for Irregular Choice since owner Dan Sullivan began, now he is making that dream come true. In collaboration with Disney, we are excited to be launching our truly magical Cinderella collection. This limited edition appearing in stores worldwide on the 28th of October at 12pm…
Irregular Choice unveils 'Cinderella' Collection
Irregular Choice unveils 'Cinderella' Collection

Gracefully glide with us into our beautiful fairytale kingdom full of glitter, oversize bows, and amazing embroidered embellishments.

Dreamy organza ribbons will sweep you off your feet whilst Lucite heels encapsulate dancing Cinderella figurines. Truly feel the magic as lights sparkle with your every step, with features including beloved characters and quotes from the classic Disney Cinderella movie transporting you into the enchanting tale. Fulfil your dreams with your very own glass slipper inspired heels, featuring silver glitter uppers with oversized bows and metallic high heels.

Enjoy your very own Irregular Happily Ever After.

Special 'Cinderella' styles:
'Gracious Dreamer' + 'Sparkling slipper': Light up as you walk with small flashing lights across the body of the shoe to give the effect of a glass slipper.
'Make An Entrance' + 'It Fits + Glittering Entrance': The bow lights up as you walk.
'Call me Cinders' + 'Home Before 12': Wind up Cinderella underneath the sole and watch her dance around inside the heel.

About Irregular Choice
The brand was created by Dan Sullivan in 1999 as a reason to stand out from the crowd. Back in the late 90's Dan saw that the footwear market was becoming very neutral and black, yet there was a global demand for something different and individual, something to wear with pride. Born in London, England, and growing up on the Kings Road in the 70’s during the Punk era, Dan was fortunate enough to travel the world throughout the 70's and 80's with his family. Whilst his parents developed their own irregular footwear collections, including 'Transport' and 'Chaos Creators', Dan got to visit the most amazing and inspirational locations, allowing him to soak in everything that surrounded him. He had left home by the age of 15 and opened his first shoe shop in Covent Garden at the age of 18, which soon turned into 6 stores, until at 23 he decided to close the stores so he could travel and add to his already extensive knowledge of what the rest of the world had to offer.

During his mid to late 20's Dan chose to go back to the far east to meet with factories and understand the opportunities that were being offered from that part of the world. Dan Sullivan: 'The culture, architecture and foods were big influences for my first collection in 1999, and that’s where I got the inspiration for the split toe shoe, which is still incorporated into my designs today.'

The opportunities that Dan discovered in China allowed for detailed & creative manufacturing, at an affordable price & small quantities. This gave Dan the chance to combine the resources of the far east with the experiences he had gathered spanning the most creative times, and countries, of his generation. And from this Irregular Choice was born.

Dan has stuck very determinedly to his philosophy throughout the past 16 years, which is to keep Irregular Choice as something that is not influenced by passing trends, but original and set apart from the crowd. His fearlessness translates into the design of the shoes, and an Irregular Choice shoe is not like any other you’ll find. Dan doesn’t listen to what’s happening in the fashion industry or what another brand may be doing. This is what makes Irregular Choice designs completely unique and truthful.

From embellished heels, ornate wood carvings, tiny intricate charms and lavish fabrics, to the memorable colour combinations, everybody has an Irregular Choice favourite shoe or story. Each year Dan creates over 600 different styles, and is constantly jotting down styles, photos and sketches, it’s an ever expanding creative process reaching to what is now over 10,000 different options. Irregular Choice has evolved with great strides over the past decade. The brand is now sold through hundreds of stockists around the world, and has nine of its own stores across the globe, with more in the pipeline.

Irregular Choice had several whimsical special editions, the Blythe Doll collection, wedding shoes and in 2015 there was the STAR WARS collection. And earlier this year there was the launch of the fabulous 'Alice in Wonderland' collection.

Buy your Irregular Choice Cinderella shoes here.

More shoes by Danny Sullivan at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - People wear feathers to make an impression. They have done so all over the world for centuries. The greatest couturiers use them, they are worn by royalty all round the world and they have given many indigenous peoples – from Papua New Guinea to North America – iconic status. Fashion lovers will delight at the feathered creations of leading couturiers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler. On display at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden, NL from October 14 2016 till March 5 2017.
A World of Feathers
A World of Feathers

Feathers are dazzling, they are distinctive and yet they also connect; they are seductive, exclusive and stylish. The museum’s most beautiful feather objects are now on display to the public for the first time.

Feather shoes by Aki Choklat
The Virtual Shoe Museum loaned a pair of feather brogues designed by Finnish designer Aki Choklat, from his spring/summer 2013 collection design. In the exhibition they are in a fantastic setting in the very good company of fabulous dresses, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Yiqing Yin, Pierre Antoine Vettorello and Fong Leng. Material of the shoes: Calf upper, dyed duck feathers, goat lining, leather sole and heel.

ArtEZ Fashion Design
In addition to the works of the aforementioned top couturiers, the next generation of fashion designers from ArtEZ in Arnhem (Fashion Design, a component of the faculty Art & Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem) gave their interpretation on the feathers theme. The museum team asked the students not to use real feathers, but to mimic the effect of feathers by using shapes, materials and textures. This has resulted in a spectacular new perspective on feathers in fashion. A selection of the designs of these students are included in the exhibition.

Exhibition 'A World of Feathers

Museum Volkenkunde
October 14 2016 till March 5 2017
Location: Steenstraat 1, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00

Afrika Museum
Exhibition on show: May 11 till September 25 2017
Location: Postweg 6, 6571 CS Berg en Dal, The Netherlands.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00

More info at Museum Volkenkunde.

© Aki Choklat, photo by Ruggero Mengoni.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - With Molinis you can look and walk unique every day. Create different looks easily to match your style and outfits. You can style your shoes with different models and colors that match the fashion season. And never slip out of your shoes again. For business women who are always on the go & fashionistas. Nominated as finalist of the Dutch Fashion Awards Milan, september 2016.
Molinis shoe accessories
Molinis shoe accessories

About Molinis
'We believe a woman can never have too many shoes!'

Transform your pumps into a whole new shoes with this Molinis. They look elegant on your feet and makes your pumps outstanding. The laces on the front gives a sexy look and it's easy to fasten them with the buckle.

The Molinis story
What if you can slide something over your high heels, which gives you an instant new pair of shoes and also make your shoes walk more comfy? This 2009 idea never let go of Dutch entrepeneur Esther Megens. After years of product development Molinis is an internationally patented product and launched it's first collection in November 2014. Molinis are made of vegan leather and are produced in Portugal. In 2015 the Molinis were showed at the L.A. and New York Fashion weeks and are worn by women who are always on the go. Molinis is made for these women. Women who are busy every day defining new goals for themselves, are independent and fearless which lead to self-made success.

Your Molinis
There is a large variety available in this collection, something suitable for everyone: graphic patterns, color combination, snake prints, laces or straps. All available in different 3 different sizes: 36/37, 38/39 and 40/41. So restyle your pumps or turn them into ankle boots. Give them a second life!

Available at Molinis.com and in selected fashion and shoe stores.

Also a very nice gift for shoe lovers.
Molinis gift cards

Molinis is an internationally patented and registrered product and is allied at Dutch Law Firm.

Thursday, September 01, 2016 - Looking for a challenge in crafting leather? Lisa Sorell: 'As far as I know, this is the first book written about the craft of leather inlay and overlay. I’m thrilled to be able to add a written resource to leather craft.' This book was over two years in the making, the result of more than two decades of honing her craft.
The Art or Leather Inlay and Overlay by Lisa Sorell
The Art or Leather Inlay and Overlay by Lisa Sorell

The Art or Leather Inlay and Overlay. A Guide to Technique for Top results
Although a pair of Sorrell’s custom boots are featured on the cover, Sorrell emphasized the book is about the unique craft of hand crafted underlays and overlays, an art form she says is slowly disappearing, and can be applied to shoes, apparel and accessories.In addition to crafting techniques this book covers the history of leather inlay and overlay, choosing the best leather and how to pattern and create art. It also provides an illustrated step-by-step guide to three leather projects. 'Many people are interested in learning to make boots and shoes by hand,' said Sorrell, who envisions her book as a textbook on the subject. In addition to her own work, she sometimes offers boot making classes at leather shows were she exhibits her work.

More than 470 color photos bring in-depth detail to this comprehensive look at the almost forgotten decorative art of leather inlay and overlay. Leather is an often-overlooked textile, with very little documentation on its tools and techniques, and this guide fills a crucial gap for the aspiring leatherworker. These skills have historically been passed along orally, and the book begins with a brief introduction of the cowboy boot, since thisis the discipline that’s become a repository for the art of leatherinlay and overlay. Learn what these decorative methods can bring to your work with details on the tools and machinery needed, and clear explanations of the techniques. Also covered are the history of leather inlay and overlay, choosing the best leather, how to pattern and create leather art, and basic sewingmachine maintenance. The book finishes with anillustrated, step-by-step guide to three leather projects.

About the author
Lisa Sorell is a bespoke cowboy boot maker. Sorrell’s handmade boots don’t come cheap, averaging between $5,000 and $10,000. However, she personally fits customers and works with them on designs. All of her boots are commissioned by clients, that require a personal meeting for measuring, and are built by Sorell personally in her Oklahoma studio. She works as an ambassador for the craft of cowboy boot making: speaking, demonstrating, and teaching to preserve and promote this historic craft.

More info at customboots.net

Book review from the Virtual Shoe Museum
For many years I have been a great fan of Lisa Sorell's amazing, special decorated and colorful cowboy boots. I am intrigued by her craftsmanship and now there is this book in where she step for step visualizes and clearly explains her various and special techniques. I found examples I never have seen before. Its sculpting with leather. I think this is a very inspiring book for everybody who works with leather. A must have!

The Art or Leather Inlay and Overlay
Author: Lisa Sorell
Format: 8 1/2” x 11”
Features: Full color, 470 color photos of the technique
Hardcover: 176 pages
Price: $34.99 
Published by Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5121-1
Published in June 2016

More shoes by Lisa Sorell at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - Ego Ballerina Wedding Shoes is sub-brand of Ego Ballerina, the conceptual collection of unique printed ballerina shoes. The designer’s unique graphic collage printed on leather is composed of memories, favourite colours and symbols. Together with a framed portrait or monogram of their owner they make an eccentric picture, like a personal poster transmitted directly to the footwear. Special moments require a unique custom-designed shoes!
Ego Ballerina Wedding Shoes
Ego Ballerina Wedding Shoes

Ego Ballerina by Ana Cvejic is a conceptual collection of unique printed ballerina shoes.
Unique graphic collage are printed on the leather, it is composed of memories, favorite colors and symbols. Together with a framed portrait of the shoe’s owner, it looks like eccentric picture, such as a personal posters transmitted directly to the shoe. Model can be flat or hight heel shoes.

If we look at the social phenomenon known as selfie, Ego Ballerina represents a new medium for your portrait and which shoe is Ego or Alter ego depends on what is your dominant side.

Pastel color palette with romantic floral prints and lace can be custom made to outfit to any bride.

Order your one of a kind, custom made wedding shoes at Idea Boutique.

More shoes by Ana Cvejic at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

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