Tuesday, August 07, 2018 - nat-2™ launches vegan sneakers made from real coffee & real grass. German high end sneaker brand nat-2™ presents vegan luxury sneakers. The result looks anything but the usual eco stuff.
Wake Up Sneakerheads!
Wake Up Sneakerheads!

Coffee
The 100% vegan, unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from real sustainable recycled coffee, coffee beans and coffee plant, which covers up to 50% of the shoe’s surface, depending on each style. The coffee is applied to a layer and got the natural coffee scent. The feel is very smooth and fine, while you can smell the coffee and see the material’s natural texture. The patented material was developed in Germany and the final sneakers are 100% handmade in Italy and produced under fair conditions in a new family-run high-tech facility. The type of coffee used varies upon a sustainable availability.
To order: vegan luxury sneakers made from real coffee

Grass
German high end sneaker brand nat-2™ presents vegan luxury sneakers made from real grass, from Austrian or Bavarian meadow hayfield.
The 100% vegan, unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from real sustainable recycled hay, grass and flowers which cover up to 50% of the shoe’s surface, depending on each style. The hayfield is pressed and applied to a layerbase and got the natural mountain scent. The feel is very unique and natural, while you can smell the alpine hayfield and see the material’s natural texture. The patented material was developed in Germany and Austria while the final sneakers are 100% handmade in Italy and produced under fair conditions in a new family-run high-tech facility.
To order: vegan luxury sneakers made from real grass

All shoes are 100% vegan and equipped with a soft padded, anti-bacterial real cork insole. The glue is free from animal ingredients, the outsoles are made from real rubber and the upper features nat-2™ signature reflective glass details for a better visibility and a techy look. The parts looking like suede or nappa leather are made from recycled PET bottles.

nat-2™ | German engineered high-end sneakers
A luxury state of the art footwear brand based in Munich, Germany. Driven by true innovation x supreme quality. Founder and designer Sebastian Thies has risen from one of the oldest shoe-dynasties in Europe, representing the 6th generation shoemaker & -creator since 1856.

More sneakers by nat-2 at the VirtualShoeMuseum.

Monday, August 06, 2018 - Amsterdam introduces the Gumshoe, a sneaker with soles made from chewing gum taken from the city’s streets. Designed in collaboration with the companies Publicis One, Explicit Wear and Gum-tec®. The sneaker is meant to raise awareness of the city of Amsterdam’s gum litter problem in a creative and positive way.  
Gumshoe - for the sole purpose of clean streets
Gumshoe - for the sole purpose of clean streets

The streets of the Netherlands accumulate about 1.5 million kilo’s of chewing gum annually! Costing the Dutch municipalities millions of euro’s to remove and clean it. With gumshoe, the Amsterdam metropolitan area aims to stimulate its citizens with a surprising innovation.

Publicis One and Gum-tec® developed a new type of rubber made of chewing gum, which local shoe brand Explicit Wear used in the design for the sneaker, finished with the map of Amsterdam visible on its sole.

Amsterdam introduces the Gum shoe, a sneaker with soles made from chewing gum taken from the city’s streets. Designed in collaboration with Publicis One, Explicit Wear and Gum-tec®. The sneaker is meant to raise awareness of the city of Amsterdam’s gum litter problem in a creative and positive way.

Buy your Gumshoes here, we chewiate your support!
The sneakers will be available, in limited edition, at Gumshoe Amsterdam.

Photo © Gumshoe

Find more shoes made of Chewing gum at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Monday, May 28, 2018 - Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures sequel at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem. Designers and artists from all over the world honour the iconic shoe designer Jan Jansen with unique works of art that have been designed and made specially for the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project. Every work of art is inspired by shoes in the private collection of Jan & Tonny Jansen. On show at Rozet in Arnhem. From June 2 till July 31 2018.
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem
Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Rozet
The exhibition is an initiative by Amber Ambrose Aurèle (art historian and designer under her brand name) and Liza Snook (collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum). For this project, Jan Jansen donated shoes from his private collection, consisting of more than 4.000 models. This includes the iconic 'What is this ?', the wooden clogs, the famous 'hovering wedge' and countless others. The artists had carte blanche to create new objects from the shoes. This resulted in one of a kind artworks, from sculptures with gold leaf to woodcuts and exuberant dolls.

Routing Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures
You will find the artworks from the 'Erfgoedmuseum in the basement', end of the hallway on the ground floor and on 3 floors, just follow our signs 1 till 18.

AmberAmbroseAurele
AmberVerstegen explores the boundaries between art and design under her own label Amber Ambrose Aurèle. She’s got two master’s degrees: one in shoe design from ArtEZ in Arnhem and one in art history from the University of Amsterdam. Her academic background is what makes her research unique, it resembles her vision on aesthetics and design. With her designs, she does not follow trends but makes shoes that are strongly rooted in concepts. She’s constantly questioning the status quo, such as that of the femme fatale and the femme fragile. Next to her work as a designer, she works as a teacher at several art academies in The Netherlands and China.

Liza Snook
Ever since her studies in graphic design at the Royal College in The Hague, Liza Snook collects anything and everything that has something to do with shoes. To share this passion with the world, she started the website Virtual Shoe Museum together with her partner Taco Zwaanswijk in 2004. For ten years now, she has been designing exhibitions around shoes that are involved in art and design by collaborating with museums worldwide. Next to that, she works closely together with Workman Publishers in New York, is a regular judge at international design schools and helps young designers find their way.

Artists and designers
ONA B. (Oostenrijk), Peter Dautzenberg (NL), Fantich&Young (UK), Liselore Frowijn (NL), Joyce de Gruiter (NL), Lok Jansen (Japan), Kei Kagami (Japan), Hetty Kelderman (NL), Bas Kosters (NL), Jasper Krabbé (NL), Costis Magarakis (Israël), Ted Noten (NL), Alet Pilon (NL), Elvira Rajek (Oostenrijk), Joop Rubens (NL), Ton van der Spruit (NL), Marie Verstegen (NL), Albert van der Weide (NL), Lie van der Werff (NL).

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures exhibition
Form saturday 2 June till wednesday 1 July our exhibition is open to the public.

Location
Kortestraat 16, Arnhem

Opening hours
Monday 8:30AM–10PM
Tuesday 8:30AM–10PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–10PM
Thursday AM–10PM
Friday 8:30AM–10PM
Saturday 8:30AM–5PM
Sunday Closed

Publication No More Shoes
Order your catalgue No More Shoes or get your copy at the desk of ToArt at the Rozet, 3rd floor.

More information about Jan Jansen, the artworks and artists at janjansenshoetreasures.com.

Special thanks to
Jan & Tonny Jansen, Lok Jansen, Joyce de Gruiter & Peter Willemse, Eric Cox, Wouter van Raamsdonk, Marie & Hanny Verstegen, Charlotte Visser, Taco, Alaska and Loladina Zwaanswijk and to all artists who share our passion for shoes and have participed in the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project.

Photo Charlotte Visser: I choose comfort over fashion/I love a party where you can wear sandals/Let’s do it one time upside down by Bas Kosters.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 - Jo Cope’s window display at the YKK London Showroom is an official part of London Craft Week, with an opening night party and live performance to be held on 9th May. Exploring the complex subject of love and its parallels with addiction and relationships, Cope’s collection will be on display until 25th May 2018.
Jo Cope at YKK London Showroom
Jo Cope at YKK London Showroom

Installation
Cope's installation narrates the journey of love as a means of self-help through a series of extraordinary handcrafted leather shoes and objects each carrying symbolic meanings and messages. With a creative process at the intersection of fashion, art, and craft, Cope goes far beyond conventional shoe-making aesthetics and techniques, developing new processes and functions all the time to redefining the boundaries of footwear. The original collection 'The Language of Feet in the Walk of Life' is an evolving piece of work, reflecting Cope’s visionary approach. With new pieces continually added to extend its meaning; as new life lessons are learnt. Constant throughout the collection is design that embodies real human experiences and a self-therapeutic approach. In a testament to the high craftsmanship involved, the ‘Looking for Love’ double ended relationship shoes took five months to create and are over one metre in length. Audiences are encouraged to look, think and reflect upon their own relationships with others, and more importantly their own selves.

She seeks to redefine fashion’s potential future as something that has a deeper language, value and purpose. The opening night at the YKK London Showroom will also include a performance. Entitled 'Lessons in Love', a new collaborative work where Cope partners with Antonio de la Fe, a Spanish born choreographer based in London. The work seeks to bring the shoes to life through a four part written score. The live performance has been inspired by their joint interest in working with both words and body, and to explore the relationship between conceptual footwear and dance as progressive practice. London performance art partners Antonio Branco and Riccardo Tarocco will conduct the performance.

Cope said: 'The pieces on display at the YKK London Showroom and the performance as part of the opening night have been developed specifically for this collaboration and the London Craft Week event. I think the subject of Love is something that everyone can relate to and the performance is highly experimental, I am so excited to see it come to life on the night as not even the performers will know what to expect until they pick up the score on the night, their responses and actions will be truly live.'

With a BA Fashion Design degree from Nottingham Trent University, Cope recently returned to education after working with galleries and running her own studio for the last decade, to complete an MA in the prestigious Fashion Artefacts course at the London College of Fashion. This developed her high-end craft skills alongside conceptual practice. Cope is a part time lecturer and guest speaker at a number of universities, delivering modules and directing courses and workshops across art and design disciplines.

YKK London Showroom
154 Commercial Street
Shoreditch
E1 6NU London
United Kingdom

Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am -5pm Saturday – Sunday: Closed.

More information and shoes by Jo Cope at the VirtualShoeMuseum.

Friday, April 06, 2018 - Discover a new universe; experience a different reality; explore a new way to see the world. Indulge yourself in the otherworldly details in the breathtaking designs of Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Her solo shoe exhibition is on show at the Museu do Calçado, S. João da Madeira in Portugal from April 8 till September 23 2018.
Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland
Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland

'Sweet things have a strange edge'
Amber Ambrose Aurèle is known for her visually unique work and sky-high heels. Amber explores the boundaries of fashion and art through her Haute Couture shoe designs. She holds an MA in Shoe Design from ArtEZ Arnhem and a MA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam in 2012. Her academic background makes her research process unique and elevates her vision of beauty and design. She has a firm belief her art of shoemaking require interdisciplinary research which explores new fields in every collection. The first to 3D-print metal heels, her creations have a sweet and twisted view that combines fine handwork technique with innovative technology.

After graduating, Amber Ambrose Aurèle established her Amsterdam-based eponymous label AAA. All her shoes are made to order.

Liza Snook/Virtual Shoe Museum about Amber Ambrose Aurèle
I am Liza Snook, a passionate shoe collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum. I work as a curator for museums, image researcher for publishers and as judge at design schools.

Years ago I met Amber, when she graduated from ArtEZ and DHTA in the Netherlands, in 2012. She made a smashing graduation collection with constructed high heels with peacock feathers, themed ‘the garden of Eden’. From that moment I new she was designer to follow.

Amber is a multi talent. She creates stories, mostly fairytales, with her shoe designs, that are always very divers from her former collections.

She is always improving her crafsmenship and experimenting with new materials. Next to her design skills she is a source of inspiration for Dutch and foreign students with her art history lectures. After several successfully completed studies its only waiting for the next level or title she will gain.

We have cooperated in various shoe exhibition projects and Amber always brings lots of good ideas and positive energy. In 2017 we launched our first publication together, ‘No More Shoes’.

Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland
April 8 till September 23 2018

Museu do Calçado
Rua Oliveira Júnior, nº 591
3700-204 S. João da Madeira
Portugal

Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday to friday: 09h00 - 12h30 | 14h00 - 18h00
Saturday: 10h00 - 13h00 | 14h00 - 18h00
Sundays and holidays: 10h30 - 12h30 | 14h30 - 18h00

More info about Amber Ambrose Aurèle.

Photo: The garden of Eden by Charlotte Visser.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Mostly this website is about extreme shoes in design and art. But sometimes somebody brings me a shoe with a special story. This February my friend Ap Verheggen brought me a very special birthday gift. When he went to the Sultanate of Oman for his Sunglacier art and science project, he stayed at Bader Al Badri's Sharqiya Sands Bedouincamp camp. Here he found out that from a long tradition Bader wears beautiful traditional nailbinded shoes to protect him from desert animals like scorpions, who are known for their venomous stings. Ap told Bader about my passion for shoes and then he took this pair of shoes back for me!
Bedouin shoes from Oman
Bedouin shoes from Oman

Sock shoes
During research to find out more about these shoes I found similar shoes at the The National Museum of Oman and the British Museum in London. Bedouins used to wear these, thick socks made from goats hair, in the Empty Quarter desert to protect their feet from thorns, snakes and scorpions.

Nailbinding technique
This is a fabric creation technique predating both knitting and crochet. Also known as 'knotless knitting or single needle knitting', the technique is distinct from crochet in that it involves passing the full length of the working thread through each loop, unlike crochet where the work is formed only of loops, never involving the free end. It also differs from knitting in that lengths must be pieced together during the process of nailbinding, rather than a continuous strand of yarn that can easily be pulled out.

Sharqiya Sands Bedouincamp
Bader Al Badri's desert camp is located in the stunning Sharqiya (Wahiba) Sands. A 15 km 4WD ride from Al Wasil.
GPS: 22°23′21.26″N 58°42′36.76″E

The Sultanate of Oman is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. The Arabian Peninsula is the original home of the Bedouin. From here they started to spread out to surrounding deserts, forced out by the lack of water and food. According to tradition, the Saudi Bedouin are descendants of two groups: the Yemenis, settled in the Southwestern Arabia, in the mountains of Yemen and the Qaysis, settled in North-Central Arabia.

Monday, March 05, 2018 - TeNeues published a new book called 'It's All About Shoes' by British photographer Suzanne Middlemass. A variety of exciting and inspiring street style images with a 'sole' focus on shoes! A must have for or students of footwear fashion, cultural anthropology, fans and admirers of innovative street style fashion, or anyone looking for creative personal style inspiration.
It's All About Shoes
It's All About Shoes

About the Book
Shoes are a staple in every person's wardrobe, but depending on the wearer, they can transform from basic functionality to a unique and compelling fashion accessory that can 'make or break' an outfit as a distinct expression of personal style. From vintage and quirky, to edgy and Goth, and sleek and high-end,' It's All About Shoes' shows an eclectic mix of what fashion-forward mavens choose to put on their feet each morning to make a statement on the everyday runway of city streets.

In an increasingly globalized and homogenized culture, it is these daring individuals, whether devoted followers of fashion or completely devoid of trend, that street style photographer Suzanne Middlemass has captured for their bold, beautiful, strange, yet always interesting choices in footwear that make them truly stand out.
Shoe street style represented by the major fashion capitals of the world: Paris, Milan, New York, London, Berlin and Copenhagen.

About the Author
Suzanne Middlemass is a British photographer living in London. She has been commissioned by such publications as British Vogue, Elle UK, Elle Italy, Elle Taiwan, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Company Magazine, Cosmo On Campus, GQ USA. She works for clients: Elle Uk, LOOK!, Womens Health, GQ USA, Furla, Havaianas Shoes, Hearst Publishing, Glamour UK, Grazia UK and Vogue UK. Her passion for fashion, photography, and travel has taken her across Europe and the U.S. to the most influential Fashion Weeks in the world.

Follow @suzannemiddlemass on Instagram.

Publisher
Published by TeNeues
Europe: March 2017
Overseas: April 2017
Book size: 19,4 x 24 cm
Hardcover: 256 pp.
Photographs: 300 color
Text in English and French
Price: € 29,90, $ 45, £ 29.95
ISBN: 9783832769048

Photo © 2017 Suzanne Middlemass

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - An exhibition of shoes in Art and Design at Schloss Lichtenwalde, near Chemniz in Germany. On show from May 25 2017 extended till February 25 2018. Curated by Liza Snook, passionate shoe collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum and Brigitte Woischnik, founder of the FotoFactory, an agency for photographers, in Munich. The shoes are accompanied by a series of photographs by Volker Hinz, Christin Losta and Olaf Martens, who give an insight 'behind the scenery of the fashion and shoe world.
HIGH HEELS, Die hohe Kunst der Schuhe - extended
HIGH HEELS, Die hohe Kunst der Schuhe - extended

Brigitte Woischnik
She studied fashion at the Meisterschule für Mode in Hamburg. Worked as a modern editor for numerous magazines and photography editor at Seventeen Magazine in New York. She was a fashion manager at the magazine Freundin and PR consultant of a big fashion company. In 1992 she founded the FotoFactory, an agency for photographers, in Munich. Since 2009 she has been a curator of various exhibitions, like the 'SHOEting stars' at the KunstHausWien. As co-curator, she worked on retrospectives of the artists Lillian Bassman/Paul Himmel, Saul Leiter, Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler and Sarah Moon at the House of the Photographie, Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and was co-editor of the respective exhibition catalogs, of which Bassman/Himmel and Saul Leiter were awarded the photobook prize in gold and silver.

Liza Snook
Passionate shoe collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum. Based on this online collection Snook creates, (co)curates and organizes various exhibitions
on the topic of shoes, in art and design, around the worldwide. Such as in the Grassi Museum, Leipzig and the Villa Rot, Ulm (Germany), KunstHausWien, Vienna and Stadtgallerie, Klagenfurt (Austria), Spielzeug Welten Museum, Basel (Switzerland), Dutch Design Week (the Netherlands) and various Malls (UAE & Qatar).
In addition to her work as a collector and curator, Snook scouts shoe talents, judges and gives lectures at design schools.

HIGH HEELS Shoe Facts
• More than 90 shoes are on show in the exhibition, from wearable to creative experimental.
• There are more than 80 international exhibits.
• You can view the 'Footnotes' installations by Anna Vasof and the race cars by Xavier G-Solís.
• Amongs the exhibitors is fashion designer Kermit Tesoro, who has designed sensational shoe creations for Lady Gaga.
• The shoes are accompanied by pictures by the photographers Volker Hinz, Christin Losta and Olaf Martens, who give an insight 'behind the scenery of the fashion and shoe world.
• In the baroque museum park you will find four wooden sculpture shoe - pairs by artist Karen Lakar, produced by Peter Wojtkowiak from Borstendorf.
• During your walk in the park you will also find the oversized air figures of Air Promotion.

Ladies Day!
Every thursday all the ladies (and men) who wear High heels get a free sparkling drink!

Castle/Schloss Lichtenwalde
Schlossallee 1
09577 Niederwiesa
Lichtenwalde
Germany

Open
Castle/Schloss: Tuesday till Sunday.
November - March: 10:00 –17:00

Photo: Love is a Bitch 2 by Joyce de Gruiter, photo by Bas Duijs.

Monday, January 01, 2018 - 2017 has been a busy and very successful year. With judging at design schools in The Netherlands and Belgium, working on a new set of Workman Publishers New York shoe calendars and 4 shoe exhibitions in Schloss Lichtenwalde in Germany, Műcsarnok Budapest in Hungary, College for Creative Studies Detroit in USA and Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Rokin75 in Amsterdam with a first 'No More Shoes' publication.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

Big thank you!
I want to thank all artists and designers who have send/lend me their fabulous shoe designs digitally for the online collection or in real exhibitions. And I want to thank Brigitte Woischnik, Joyce de Gruiter, Aki Choklat and Amber Ambrose Aurèle for being my inspiring shoe buddy's and exhibition partners. Charlotte Visser for her photograph and being my Col-lec-tion partner and of course my MultiMediaMan Taco Zwaanswijk, without you I could not have done this journey.

On this website and my social media I will for sure keep you posted on my new plans!

I wish you all a very Happy and Creative New Year!
Liza Snook

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Shoetopia! The first exhibition of its kind in North America to gather contemporary footwear, art, video and related designs into one space, is curated by Liza Snook, founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum and Aki Choklat, Chair of Fashion Accessories Design at CCS. The exhibition looks at shoe design through the lens of seven themes: Metropolis, Ritual, Utopia, Feast, Nocturnal, Techno and Eco. On show from November 3rd till december 16th 2017 at the Valade Family Gallery, Detroit, USA.
Shoetopia CCS Detroit
Shoetopia CCS Detroit

Shoetopia features an array of objects, from footwear by international designers like Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela and architect Zaha Hadid, to sculpture, painting and works by artists and designers like Willie Cole, Chris Francis, Fantich & Young, Kobi Levi, Peter Popps and Frederico Uribe.

This exhibition is sponsored by Lisa Applebaum, Nicole Eisenberg, Lynn Gandhi, Danialle Karmanos, The Vivian Pickard Shoe Collection, Sandra Seligman, Julia Reyes Taubman and Molly Valade.

Exhibitions in the Valade Family Gallery are produced by the College for Creative Studies’ Office of Exhibitions & Public Programs and are supported, in part, by Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Kresge Foundation and the Friends of CCS Galleries. Valade Family Gallery, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, College for Creative Studies, 460 W. Baltimore, Detroit, MI 48202. Free parking available in the CCS Parking Structure located on Baltimore between Cass and Second. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Like CCS Exhibitions & Public Programs on Facebook: facebook.com/ccsexhibitionsandpublicprograms and CCS Exhibitions on Instagram: instagram.com/ccs_exhibitions to stay informed about all the exhibitions, lectures and special events throughout the year.

The Future of Footwear - Panel discussion:
Thursday, November 2 2017
6 P.M.
GM Auditorium, A. Alfred Taubman Center
for Design Education, CCS
The Toyota Lecture Series and the Woodward Lecture Series

Shoetopia - Opening reception
Friday, November 3 2017
6 to 8 P.M.

Shoetopia / Valade Family Gallery
Located on the first floor of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, presents exhibitions for and with students, faculty, CCS alumni and the community of Detroit on topics relevant to contemporary art and design practice today. Its focus is to establish educational linkages between the College and the community, and to provide a space for exhibitions that advance and support the academic departments of CCS.

460 W. Baltimore, Detroit, MI 48202

Gallery hours
Wednesday - Saturday 12 to 5 P.M.

Free parking available in the CCS Parking Structure located on Baltimore between Cass and Second.

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