Friday, April 10, 2015 - This spring, Wednesday Whiskey, the young label in men’s shoes by Dutch entrepreneur Marijn Verschure, is launching a very special project. Several artists, from different origines, were invited to apply their significant signature on a pair of Wednesday Whiskey shoes. As a result the eye-catching works of art will be on display in a small exhibition from 2 April till 7 June 2015 at the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk, the Netherlands.
Wednesday Whiskey x The Artists
Wednesday Whiskey x The Artists

Exclusive collaboration between and a Dutch shoe brand and various artists.

Unique pieces of art
Marijn Verschure, who is both founder and owner of Wednesday Whiskey, came up with the idea for the art project together with his friend Pablo Lücker during an international fair. Besides Lücker, he found the American graffiti artist Kool Koor, the Dutch cartoonist Luc Verschuuren and several others, willing to make a contribution to this project. After the exhibition in the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum, the project will be shown on several fairs and events as well.

The Wednesday Whiskey’ grafic art shoes have been combined with regular art pieces supplied by the artists themselves. Also on display is the shoe label’s rapid evolution into a full-fledged brand according, made visible by showing both early samples and current styles.

Wednesday Whiskey is a Dutch Shoe Brand established in 2013. Its philosophy stands for enthusiasm for unrestrained simplicity. The Wednesday Whiskey collections are produced with lots of care in a small factory, just outside of Porto, Portugal. At the moment the collection is available in 50 stores as well as online.

For more information Wednesday Whiskey

The exhibition of Wednesday Whiskey at the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum can be visited during regular opening hours. In the weekend of 18 and 19 April, visiting the museum is free of charge.

Wednesday Whiskey x The Artists
2 April - 7 June 2015
Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum
Elzenweg 25, Waalwijk, the Netherlands

For more information Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum'

Shoes painted by artist Pablo Lucker.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - Pushing the boundaries of shoe design with the latest materials and most advanced 3D printing technology. A select group of the worlds leading architects and designers are invited to explore and challenge 3D printing technology by designing 3D printed high heels that are to debut at Salone Del Mobile 2015, 14 - 19 April 2015.
Re-Inventing Shoes
Re-Inventing Shoes

United Nude and 3D Systems Corporation have teamed up once again to take you on a journey where fashion, design and technology merge into five of the most fascinating 3D printed creations ever seen.

Since the launch of United Nude in 2003 with the Möbius shoe, United Nude have become experts in technologically advanced ladies footwear; pushing the boundaries and the continuous re-inventing of shoe making. Some of the great examples for these innovations have come from our collaborations with great creative minds from other industries such as Iris Van Herpen (fashion designer) and Zaha Hadid (architect).

The goal for the Re-Inventing Shoes project is to explore and push the boundaries of the 3D printing technology for creating shoes with the largest amount of sculptural freedom.

The production method used is the highest quality of 3D printing (selective laser sintering) in a hard Nylon and all new soft rubber material. United Nude has figured out a way to combine harder and softer 3D printed parts for creating fully functioning shoes.

More shoes/collaborations by United Nude

Shoe: Michael Young’s high heel design for Re-Inventing Shoes.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - An event that brings together fashion, art and education, organised by the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design since 2010. Promotion of young artists, promoting Cracow as one of the fashion capitals and showing fashion as one of the visual arts are the main goals of the event. Shoe designer Amber Ambrose Aurèle and Liza Snook (Virtual Shoe Museum) will take place in the fashion award design jury.
Cracow Fashion Week 21-29 March
Cracow Fashion Week 21-29 March

Widely promoted by media the event gathers thousands of public for fashion shows,exhibitions, lectures, workshops and conferences. Cracow Fashion Awards Premiers a diploma show of Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design opens the event on the 21st of March and will be held in The Museum of Municipal Engineering.

Cracow Fashion Awards Gala in ICE Krakow – Congress Centre is opened for public and a limited number of tickets is available in InfoKraków Centres: ul. św. Jana 2 and InfoKraków Wyspiański Pavilion, pl.Wszystkich Świętych 2. Collections from Poland, England, France, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania will be presented during the show.

Exhibitions and events:
“FOCUS ON FASHION” – the international juried exhibition of fashion photography,
Museum of Municipal Engineering, address: ul. św. Wawrzyńca 15,
Exhibition will run from 12th March till 7th April 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 24th March 2015 at 7:00 pm.

“WILD IMAGINATION” – the international exhibition of fashion illustration,
Jewish Community Centre of Krakow, address: ul.Miodowa 24
Exhibition will run from 03 till 31 March 2015
The official closing of the exhibition will take place on 25th March 2015 at 6:00 pm.

“STEP BY STEP” – the international exhibition of shoe design,
Museum of Municipal Engineering, address: ul. św. Wawrzyńca 15,
Exhibition will run from 12th March till 7th April 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 24th March 2015 at 7:00 pm.

“WHAT’S UP” – photos of collections of Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design graduates,
Pauza in Garden, address: ul.Rajska 12
Exhibition will run from 4th till 30th March 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 26th March 2015 at 4:00 pm

“MORE AND MORE” – the exhibition of graduates’ paintings, photos and drawings
Cracow Shool of Art and Fashion Design, address: ul.Zamoyskiego 52
Exhibition will run from 9 March till 31st May 2015

“Fashion & Fantasy” – Exhibition of paper designs by students of Cracow School of Art
and Fashion Design
Galeria Kazimierz, address: ul. Podgórska 34, level 0
Exhibition will run from 18th March till 29th March 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 23st March 2015 at 1:00 pm

Guests of our event: Amber Ambrose Aurèle (Shoe Designer), Jerzy Antkowiak, Wojciech Bednarz (Vistula), Joanna Błażejowska-Pecorari (ASKA Paryż), Marcin Dąbrowski (stylista gwiazd i bloger Mr Dynamo), Hanna Gajos (Fashionweare, Rynek Mody), Wojciech Grzybała (Gala) IMA MAD, Joanna Hawrot (projektantka mody), Anna Jatczak (projektant mody), lIona Kanclerz (Modny Śląsk), Magda Korcz (Hush Warsaw), Ewa Kowalewska-Kondrat (krytyk mody, Harelblog.pl), Olka Kaźmierczak (Fashion PRGirl), Ewa Kosz (Ultra), Tobiasz Kujawa (krytyk mody, freestylevoguing.com), Bianca Cimiotta Lami (Akademia Mody Koefia, Rzym), Agata Mayer (Fashion Culture Magazine), Krystyna Mazurówna, Maria Mrowca (Mrovca Fashion Design), Carol Morgan (Central St. Martins, Wielka Brytania), Monika Onoszko (onoMono Design), Jerzy Osika (Promedia), Karolina Pięch (Balenciaga), Anna Pięta (HUSH Warsaw), Anna Pirowska (DRESSAP), Lidia Popiel (Finelife.pl), Liza Snook (Virtual Shoe Museum), Małgorzata Sobiczewska (est by eS.), Iga Szuchiewicz (Malgrau), Anka Letycja Walicka (projektantka mody), Daniel Wieleba, Dorota Wróblewska (Sophisti Group), Connie Viever (TECO), Michał Zaczyński (krytyk mody, michalzaczynski.com), Aneta Zielińska (projektantka mody).

EXCIDIUM by Chris van den Elzen, on show a the “STEP BY STEP” exhibition, photo Charlotte Visser.

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - Article by Corinna Meneghetti, part of her thesis 'Shoes as object of desire, self-identity and expression'. The increasing interest in sporting activities around the end of the 19th century created a demand for more comfortable and suitable footwear for leisure and outdoor activities. Manufacturers started to develop new shapes and material, developing the first athletic shoe.
Sneakers revolution: from sport to lifestyle
Sneakers revolution: from sport to lifestyle

Although called by various names, the term ‘athletic shoe’ indicates the new category of footwear that was primarily designed for sports or other forms of exercise which later on became a global product and an icon of particular of lifestyle values. The first model worn by people in the late 18th century was a ‘low-tech’ rubber soled shoe called plimsoll in the UK or 'sneaker' in America.

The first breakthrough, in 1832, was made when Wait Webster who patented a process whereby rubber could be used to attach soles to uppers and this is what led to the creation of Plimsolls. The big development, however, was vulcanized shoes, created from a newly developed process called vulcanisation - still in use today - which uses heat to meld rubber and cloth together. But it wasn’t until 1917 that manufacturer Goodyear started to advertise a canvas and rubber shoes - called Keds- as an athletic shoe. While Keds were the first to sell trainers on a mass scale, specialist running-spikes had already been around for a long time.

Kends Century Collection 2010
In fact, a further development to the first plimsoll was made in 1852 by a Britain, Joseph William Foster, founder of a company now called Reebok. He decided to add spikes to the bottom of plimsolls creating what we know as running spikes.

Adi Dassler who founded the company Adidas, his brother Rudolph founded Puma.
Many years later it was the turn of a German, Adi Dassler, to take the spikes a step further. Dassler, in fact, created a light range of shoes with hand-forged spikes, differentiating the style depending on purpose and distances. Some years later he opened a company named after him Adidas, established in 1948, to be then split into Adidas and Puma. After one year, the famous three side-stripes were created to give more support to the running shoe.

In the same year, in another part of the world, another iconic sportswear brand was opened by Mr Onitsuka started Onitsuka Co. Ltd later now as ASICS. In the last century trainers evolved from rubber soled plimsolls to air cushioned, gel filled capsules worn as much for their looks as their sporting performance. This happened also thanks to a complex branding and marketing strategy. Famous companies such as Nike, Puma, Adidas, Reebok and others brand developed footwear specifically for any individual sport and they also started to update their styles by creating new models every season.

According to different lifestyle and subcultures, new colours, materials and product innovations, meant that sports footwear has become an essential part of contemporary living and expression of the new leisure culture. Consumer choice when buying sports shoes began to be influenced by the complex marketing strategies of these major brands. Advertising revolves around three essential features that create the value of the footwear: performance, well-being and fashion. Athletics shoes are promoted not just as tools to enhance your performance, but also as a means to bettering yourself through physical exercise and, by doing so, enhancing attractiveness and success. Furthermore, they have become the equipment of style and fashion awareness.

Advertising saw a dramatic transformation of sports footwear that created a lifestyle image, developed during the 60’s and 70’s and enhanced especially during the 80’s and 90’s through prominent sports personalities and branding strategies. This transformed athletic shoes from an object of function to a commodity mix of performance, self-identity and fashion concern. From then on sports footwear has been perceived as a means of self-expression in the same way as other footwear ranges.

Marketing has been central to this transformation of the sport shoe industry and each brand played a big role on the popularizing of the sports shoe; Adidas in the football field, Rebook for aerobics and Nike for running. Therefore, the continuous improvement and development of new technologies has been a stimulus, as was probably the fitness boom of the 70s, which had more influence on the mass consumption of trainers. 'During the 1990s, shoe companies perfected their fashion and marketing skills. Sports endorsements grew larger and marketing budgets went through the roof. Sneakers became a fashion statement and definition of identity and personality rather than humble athletic aids.'

The design of the footwear, the balance between functional features, protective and innovative materials and strong aesthetic appeal has been pushed further by the merging of sport and fashion.

Prada, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood are just few names that, through their own collection, brought sports shapes and materials out on the catwalk and in the window displays of their ready- to-wear boutique.

Furthermore, an increasing interrelation between sports footwear and the music/dance scene - such as in the 80s hip hop culture and the 90s with the settle grunge - lead to a phenomenon of celebrity style icons consolidating the image of certain kind of footwear as a key element of certain cultural groups. In the last few decades 'designer sports shoes' have been consecrated firmly as fashion items and this has been achieved by the increasing number of collaborations between ready to wear designer and sport brands such Puma’s Alexander McQueen, Watanabe for Nike or Yamamoto for Adidas just to mention some of them.

Topshop and Adidas are two of the most talked-about and shopped brands in the market right now for a collaboration: Topshop x Adidas Originals 2014

So, although in the 20th century, the sneaker became a common cultural phenomenon, emphasis on new technologies for athletes and sports footwear nowadays doesn’t refer any longer to just any item of footwear that is intended for sports use, but also refers to footwear intended for everyday life and leisure, becoming one of today’s most fashionable items.

Chapter V.2 from 'Shoes as object of desire, Self-identity and expression'
Master of Science in Fashion, Design and Luxury Management

A Thesis Submitted to Grenoble Graduate School of Business, 2014
By Corinna Meneghetti, Fashion Design and Creative Management based in Barcelona, Spain.
For more info: corinna.meneghetti@hotmail.it

Images: Wikipedia: Athletic shoes and Topshop x Adidas Originals 2014.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Do you want to create the future of sneakers with one of Nike’s great design legends? SLEM and Hong Kong PolyU are organizing a great workshop from March 24-27 with Mike Friton, the designer behind iconic styles such as the 'Presto' and the 'Nike Woven'. Mike also worked on the new self-lacing Back to the Future shoes.
Future of Athletic Footwear workshop with Nike legend Mike Friton
Future of Athletic Footwear workshop with Nike legend Mike Friton

In this unique short course you will develop a new athletic concept, including a wearable prototype, applying dynamic materials that have functions and possibilities beyond what is trending today. You will also learn quick ways for 2D to 3D prototyping that Mike developed himself.

This workshop is meant for students and professionals, organized as a collaboration between HK PolyU and SLEM, an international innovation and education center for the footwear industry. Currently we have only 5 places left!

For more info on Mike Friton check: fritondesign.com/bio.

Details
March 23-27, 2015 - 09:00-17:00
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Costs: 7777 HKD
Maximum class size: 15

Enroll before February 28 office@slem.nl

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - The shoe exhibition 'Shoe Treasures - Roger Vivier' will be hosted by the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk from 21 February 2015 till 28 June 2015. 'Christian Dior – Shoes created by Roger Vivier', these words have been written in lots of shoes by the legendary House of Dior.
Shoe treasures - Roger Vivier
Shoe treasures - Roger Vivier

The creator of the New Look, however, would never have allowed anyone other than an equally legendary shoe designer to put their signature next to his. A clearer proof of the great esteem in which Christian Dior held Roger Vivier is hard to find.

Sculptural style
Vivier started his career in the shoe business during his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, when he accepted a job in a shoe factory owned by a relative of his. Within a few years he had learned every trick of the trade. His studies in sculpting, which came in handy during the rest of his career, explain the characteristic, sculptural style of most of his shoe designs.

Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot
Gravity was never much of an obstacle to Vivier, who laid particular emphasis on heels. He has been cited as the inventor of the stiletto heel but surely he is responsible for the Comma heel and Shock heel. In the mid-1960s, he also blew new life into existing shoe types. With this shoe types he made actresses like Catherine Deneuve (Belle de Jour-buckle shoes, based on the Pilgrim Buckle shoe) and Brigitte Bardot (Harley-Davidson thigh-length boots also called cuissardes) almost immortal.

I. Miller and Delman
Starting from the 1930s, Vivier caused a real revolution on the North American shoe market as a designer for the leading New York-based manufacturers I. (Israel ) Miller and Delman. All Vivier's creations in those years were commissioned by Laboremus, a subsidiary of the German Heyl'sche Lederwerke leather factory in Worms-Liebenau. At that time Laboremus’ headquarters was located on the Place Vendôme in Paris, just a few steps away from the famous Ritz Hotel.

Hidden treasure
Until recently, hardly any research had been done into Vivier’s creations from the period before working with Christian Dior. Thanks to an observant member of the staff in the German Leather Museum in Offenbach, which houses the German Shoe Museum in one of its wings, a hidden treasure was found in the museum collection: 40 prototypes from the master himself, dating back to the 1930s.

These models represent the beating heart of the Shoe Treasures - Roger Vivier exhibition that will be hosted by the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum from 21 February 2015. The long-lasting friendship with the German Leather Museum allows us to bring the exhibition to Waalwijk. In Germany, both the public and national and international press showed huge interest in the work of the French designer. Reason enough for the German exhibition, with the name 'Schuhwerke – Roger Vivier', to be extended no less than twice.

Marlene Dietrich’s shoes
In this exhibition, the Laboremus designs will be complemented with unique shoes by the House of Dior, designs that have been manufactured under the labels 'Roger Vivier for Saks Fifth Avenue' and 'Delman'. Highlights of the exhibition are four pairs of court shoes, especially made for the German actress Marlene Dietrich. These shoes will be on show courtesy of the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin. Needless to say, several Vivier models from the collection of the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum will also be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a trilingual full colour catalogue (German – English – Dutch). Dr. Rosita Nenno from the German Leather Museum in Offenbach is curator of the exhibition and also the author of the catalogue.

Shoe Treasures - Roger Vivier
21 February – 28 June 2015
Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum
Elzenweg 25, Waalwijk, the Netherlands

For more information Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum'

Monday, January 19, 2015 - Nat-2 launches a spectacular capsule collection of LED Sneakers including 3 different LED outsoles for women, men and kids. The three soles all together have about 20 different functions from colour-changing to flashing and going round.
nat-2 launches LED Sneaker Collection
nat-2 launches LED Sneaker Collection

The entire outsole changes with a simple push on a hidden button while wearing the shoes. Every pair can simly be quickly re-loaded many times with an included double-USB cable. With a constant use of the LEDs they last about 6 hours per charge.

When the light function is disabled, it is not possible to see what unique technique is featured in the shoe.

These kicks are not only ideal for the great show - while they have additional cool features such as galaxy prints and reflecting tongues - but also at night while cycling, on the way to school, going home from the bar or as a decoration object for design-lovers, sneakerheads and shoe-retailers.

Pre-orders are taken now until middle of March 2015 at Nat-2.

The first presentation of the Nat-2 LED Sneaker Collection will be at:
Premium Berlin
Nat-2 booth
Hall5, C-12
From 19 - 21 February 2015

Location
STATION-Berlin
Luckenwalder Strasse 4-6

More shoes by Nat-2 by Sebastian Thies.
10963 Berlin
Germany

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Basel's next Museum Night will take place on Friday 16th January 2015. Because of the current exhibition 'History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes' at the Spielzeug Welten Museum their night programme will be a big celebration of shoes. From 18.00 til 2.00 there will be various shoe performances, tap dancing, shoe making, flip-flop workshops and shoe games. So put on your party shoes and come dance with us!
Basel Museum Night 2015
Basel Museum Night 2015

Special shoe exhibition at the Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel from 18 October 2014 – 6 April 2015, in collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery from England and the Virtual Shoe Museum. This special exhibition is devoted to an everyday object that for millennia has served to protect the soles of men, women and children: the shoe.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel Museum Night program for Friday 16th January 2015
All events are suitable for children

Coloro. The performance 'Shoes', a show developed exclusively for the Toy World Museum in Basle, will feature in the museum’s display window. Coloro – these are the Swiss artists Cornelia Clivio, Lorenz Matter and Romano Carrara. Numerous awards, seven years as a team and over 700 performances of their show 'Stage TV' on national and international stages attest to their success. 

Performance times: 18.00, 18.20, 18.40, etc. till 01.40

Tap dancing. Try tap dancing. And enjoy live performances by professional dancers. Experience how fascinating it is to generate rhythmic sounds through dance. Learn the first simple steps and routines under instruction from the tap dance professionals. The instructors will demonstrate how the perfect tap dance looks and sounds.

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoeshine boys. Take a seat and have your shoes cleaned as in the days of old. During the 1920s and 1930s, young men offered their services as shoe cleaners in many cities. This tradition will experience a revival during the night of the museum. With a professional polish, two young men will bring a little lustre to the Museums Night.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoemaking with Thomas Murphy. Learn how a shoe is made. Experience how custom-made shoes are still handcrafted today and try your hand at shoemaking yourself. Thomas Murphy is one of the best-known shoemakers in the world. He designs for the collections under his own shoe label and is responsible for the children’s range 'Chapter 2'. His creations are sold in boutiques around the world. Thomas Murphy teaches at the highly respected Royal College of Art in London and crafts creative shoes that have their grand appearance on the catwalks of the fashion metropolises. 

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoe race. The Formula 1 of remote-controlled shoes. Hit the gas pedal and win. You’re in the running with us, not with model cars, but with remote-controlled shoes. The winners will be presented with a small prize. Good luck at the shoe Grand Prix! 
Suitable for children 
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00
Mould a chocolate shoe. A highlight for those with a sweet tooth. You can mould shoes in chocolate all night long, and take them with you to indulge in later. Call by and sweeten your Museums Night. 

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

For shoe masters. Play, score and win. A shoe table-top football game and various interactive shoe games guarantee plenty of excitement and lots of fun. Play the night away.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Flip-flop workshop. Together with the famous shoe designers Kobi Levi from Israel, Aki Choklat from Finland and Stuart Thom from Italy, you can create your own personalised flip-flops and take them home. Classical, eccentric, understated, colourful, glamorous, decorative or stylish. Whatever your heart desires. Everything you need is provided by the museum free of charge: glitter, sequins, beads and feathers – and of course, also pairs of flip-flops in two sizes and colours.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Don’t forget: If you’re feeling famished or just a little peckish, fine Italian specialities and other delicacies are waiting for you at Ristorante La Sosta. Treat yourself to a break from culture and plan a culinary intermezzo with us.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle)
Museum, shop and restaurant
Opening hours during the Museum Night 16th January 2015: 18.00 until 2.00
Steinenvorstadt 1
CH-4051 Basel

Friday, January 09, 2015 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2015' in Vienna on April 25 as part of the Viennese Shoemaker’s Ball 2015. 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 3 2015. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 31 2015.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2015
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2015

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2015 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 3, 2015 (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 31 2015 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria) with a description of the ‘Crazy Shoe’ (idea description, materials used, labor intensity) and, if possible, with photos of the working steps. (jpg file, please save the photos on a USB stick, if possible). The images are shown at the Vienna Shoemaker’s Ball 2015 in a digital photo frame for the visitors vote. Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and jury
The first evaluation of the submissions will be carried out on April 7 2015 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 25, 2015 as part of the Shoemaker's Ball 2015, in the Colosseum XXI. The final round will be conducted by the visitors and 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 3 places will be made by the visitor votes and the jury votes 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 on April 8 2015 by e-mail, that she/he is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via e-mail or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than April 13 2015. 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 25, 2015 or send a representative. If the nominee or her/his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe will be removed from the competition.

Presentation of participation piece
The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 25 2015 her/himself or she/he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes. The practice is at 17:00, the final round begins at 24:00 on April 25 2015 in the Colosseum XXI.

Prizes
As part of the Shoemaker's Ball 2015, on April 25 2014 in the Colosseum XXI 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 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and we will be sent back in end-April 2016 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the Shoemaker's Ball on April 25 2014 (recommended arrival on Friday April 24/departure on Sunday April 26 2015). Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of other persons attending the Shoemaker's Ball 2015 are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form how many people you will attend.

The program:
Friday April 24 2015
• Meeting point by at 15.00 clock in the reception of the commercial building, Rudolf-Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.
• Tour of the Vienna Shoe Museum with a champagne reception and refreshments and possibly a press conference.
• Heuriger evening (dinner at a Viennese restaurant in wine country).

Saturday April 25 2015
• Shoemaker's Ball 2015 in Vienna in the Colosseum XXI, Wien 21, Sebastian-Kohl-G. 3-9/21.

Download your registration form here

Photo: Audrey, Carnivore shoe by Lisa Brumbauer, winner of the Crazy Shoe Award 2014.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - I would like to wish all shoe designers and shoe lovers a very happy and inspiring New Year! 2014 has been a shoe roller coaster with various exhibitions and various other shoe projects (Shoe Shows in the Middle East, photo research for a new series of Workman NY shoe calendars, judging shoe design students) and I have met so many passionate designers and shoe lovers!
Happy Shoe Year!
Happy Shoe Year!

I want to thank the museums and publishers for their co-operation and all designers and artists who worked with me for sharing their beautiful shoes with me to be able to create these exhibitions. I will sure keep you posted on my future shoe projects and new fabulous shoe designers at our website.

2014 Shoe exhibitions curated from the Virtual Shoe Museum collection:

Auf Schritt und Tritt - At Every Turn, Shoes in Art and Design
Museum Villa Rot in Burgrieden-Ulm, Germany
27.10.2013 - 02.16.2014

Berlin’s 1st International Shoe Museum
What About Shoes shoe fair, Berlin, Germany
22.02.2014 - 24.02.2014

Na Yopánky
In collaboration with the Czech Bata Shoe Museum
AuPark, Bratislava, Kosice and Žilina, Slovakia
19.02.2014 - 2.03.2010 / 4.03.2014 – 20.03.2014 / 29.09.2014 – 19.10.2014

SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
KUNST HAUS WIEN, Vienna, Austria
8.06.2014 - 5.10.2014

Shoe Show for CELS Kuwait City, Kuwait
30.10.2014 till 13-11.2014

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Contributions to exhibitions in 2014:
Shoemania (shoe video's) - Centrum Chodov Prague, Czech republic
1.6.2014 till 30-6.2014

Schuhe!
Museum Auberlehaus, Trossingen, Germany
4.10.2014 - 31.01.2015

Architectural shoes for
Vogue Fashion Night at Shoe Level Distict, Dubai, VER
28.10.2014 – 10.11.2014

Miami
The Art of Fashion Show by Artsy Productions during Art Basel Miami, USA
4.12.2014 – 7.12.2014

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Photo research for Workman shoe calendars 2016 and NY magazine

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Jury
Clarks Shoe Design Award 25.1.2014
Dutch Shoe Academy Industrial Footwear Design 12.4.2014

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New series of X-mas 'Col-lec-tion' cards with photographer Charlotte Visser.

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2015 Current and planned shoe exhibitions curated from the Virtual Shoe Museum collection:

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, Switserland
In collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery in England
Die Geschichte unter den Füssen - 3000 Jahre Schuhe - History under you feet – 3000 years of shoes. Including a toy shoes project with the Dutch Shoe Academy, Utrecht, NL
18.10.2014 – 6.04.2015

Shoe Show for CELS
Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi
9.1.2015 till 21-1 2015

Shoes in Senses. shoes in art and design
Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt
26.6.2014 - 11.10.2015

Photo's: 'Col-lec-tion' Star and Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel.

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