Wednesday, October 07, 2015 - We invite you to visit our exhibition Damn Pretty Dutch Shoes during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. From 17 till 25 October, 2015 at the location of Piet Hein Eek in Eindhoven. Unusual materials. Unexpected forms. Craft combined with high tech and new techniques. 15 top designers present a diverse and inspiring collection of experimental shoes.
Damn Pretty Dutch Shoes
Damn Pretty Dutch Shoes

Amber Ambrose Aurèle
René van den Berg
Janine van den Bosch
Nienke van Dee
Ellis Droog
Chris van den Elzen
Iris van Herpen X United Nude
Chrissie Houtkooper
Alexander Khorikian
Dora Kloppenburg
Peter Popps
Peterson + Stoop
Mandy Rose
Ilja Visser
A number of participating designers will be present at the exhibition.

Damn Pretty Dutch Shoes
Organized by the Virtual Shoe Museum
A concept of Liza Snook & Chris van den Elzen
Film: Stainless Media & Hessel Waalewijn
Graphic design: Erik Cox & Chris van den Elzen

Location Piet Hein Eek
Halvemaanstraat 30
5651BP Eindhoven

Opening hours
Saturday 17th till Saturday 24th October: 10:00 till 21:00
Sunday 25th October: 10:00 till 18:00

For more information Dutch Design Week

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - This Saturday 26th of September Dutch shoes designers Swart & Rademaker introduce there new brand 'LEV'01. Liesel Swart and Dorien Rademaker know each other from the Dutch Shoe Academy. Liesel is a teacher shoe techniques and design and Dorien is a graduate shoemaker. Together they have teamed up to follow their passion and realize their dream: their own label: LEV’01.

They created a robust timeless felt boot that is also elegant. Its natural material felt provides comfort and warmth and is also sturdy and strong. Felt naturally repels moisture and dirt. The design LEV’01 ensures that the felt upper with contemporary sole and heel coalesces into a modern boot. It's characterized by simplicity and elegance, while providing quality and comfort. Attention to craftsmanship, design and materials make the difference.

LEV’01 designs with attention to quality and comfort. The high-quality and durable material felt was the basis in the creation of the label LEV’01 and DSC01353binding factor. LEV’01 chooses carefully its manufacturers and combines quality and responsibility.

Quality wool is dyed and felted in Finland, to an ancient tradition.

The soles and heels production is carried out by an innovative Dutch producer. The custom-made shoe and lasts are the specialties of this company, which guarantees LEV’01 comfort and quality. The boots are made of 100% high quality wool and vegetable tanned leather. The leather sole is protected with a rubber anti-slip sole.

Swart & Rademaker: “We love shoes and everything related to it. As passionate shoe designers we look around for new applications and different materials. Felt is a material of choice in times of sustainability and natural materials”.

For more information or to order online LEV’01

Also for sale at Betsy Palmer in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Friday, September 18, 2015 - Celebrating urbanity in a new and different way. Sneaker brand nat-2 and perfume producer Atelier PMP belong to the most creative companies in Germany and were rewarded last year by the German government for their creativity: both companies are 'Kreativ- und Kulturpiloten', yes it means creative culture pilots… And this was the starting point for the idea to team up and to do a unique collaboration. Again both brands prove to be creative pilots.
CONCRETE FLOWER meets Cube2 reflective from nat-2
CONCRETE FLOWER meets Cube2 reflective from nat-2

Concrete Flower & A super cool sneaker or: How to paint the world?
Concrete Flower is more than just a super-modern fragrance, it is also an attitude. It is Concrete Flower’s mission of ending the drab and letting our cities bloom again. On the fragrance’s website, artists from all around the world can show how they are transforming concrete into visual bouquets: with tags, graffiti, plants. The South African graffiti artist Nardstar* has already left behind her take on blossoming concrete in Cape Town – other artists from Shanghai to New York and of course Hamburg has followed.

The Fragrance
For a second the senses are stunned and seduced by a super fresh and green ginger note, which develops quickly into a note both lime-fresh and herbal, based upon bergamot, mandarine, black pepper, thyme, sage and kardamon. The heart: an unexpected chord of neroli, ginger, jasmine, iris, clove oil and lily. The base note resonates with styrax, noble wood notes of sandalwood, Chinese cedar and oakmoss, rounded off with amber and a hint of musk. And there it is! A super-modern, intensely green and energising play on the Eau de Cologne theme comes to life.

Concrete meets Flacon
How do you pack a love letter to graffiti? How do you connect the flower and the wild energy of the unplanned with the strict strength of concrete? The scent 'Concrete Flower' stands for this untamed energy for the growths of uniquness, the power that can pierce through concrete. This is contrasted by the clean style of the flacon: the cool and heavyness of concrete, the clear glass...

The Parfumer
Mark Buxton is a perfume creator and hedonist who works for labels like Comme des Garcons Fragrances, Le Labo, Givenchy, Cartier and Burberry – or for PMP Perfumes Mayr Plettenberg such as with the already successful 'Dreckig bleiben'!
For more information Mark Buxton

Also avialable at the
Coilex Store
Theresienstrasse 71
For more information Coilex Store'

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - Allow me to present you a banquet full of aesthetic flavors and tastes. An artistic feast in footwear presented by Chu-Ting Lee from Royal College of Art Womenswear Footwear. Tuesday 15 september at 10.30 at the Gallery Mess Bar, Saatchi Gallery London, UK.
Food Adventure
Food Adventure

Tuesday 15 september at 10.30- 18.00
Wednesday 16 september at 10.30- 18.00
Thursday 17 september at 10.30- 18.00

Gallery Mess Bar, Saatchi Gallery London, UK

In collaboration with:
Performance Model: Evelyn Yang
Ceramic Artist : Christina Liu
Fashion Designer: Naoya Nakayama
Product Designer: Li- Hsin Liang

For information visit Gallery Mess Bar, Saatchi Gallery

More shoes by Chu-Ting Lee at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - This exhibition tells the story of inspirational and groundbreaking fashion shoes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It shines a light on those fashion and shoe designers who left their footprint on the world of shoes by means of the exquisite and innovative designs they created. Based on the long-term loan to MoMu from shoe collectors Geert Bruloot and Eddy Michiels.
Footprint - The tracks of Shoes in Fashion
Footprint - The tracks of Shoes in Fashion

This exhibition includes early and iconic work by Prada, Maison Margiela, Dirk Bikkembergs, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, A.F. Vandevorst, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Tokio Kumagaï, Roger Vivier, J.W. Anderson, Balenciaga, André Perugia, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Salvatore Ferragamo, Patrick Cox, Raf Simons, Azzedine Alaïa and many more.

A book by the title ‘Foot Print – The tracks of shoes in fashion’, published by Lannoo, will accompany the exhibition. The book will contain over 30 interviews by Geert Bruloot with the world-renowned shoe and fashion designers responsible for some of the landmark shoe designs of the past 40 years. Accompanied by new images of
Bruloot and Michiels’s shoe collection, and images from the designers’ archives, it promises to be a true feast for shoe enthusiasts and fashion lovers alike. Foot Print features contributions from writer and editor Hettie Judah.

Footprint – The Tracks of Shoes in Fashion
From 03|09|15 > 14|02|16
Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp - MoMu
Nationalestraat 28
2000 Antwerp

For more information visit MoMu

Heel-only shoe in wood and patent leather by Jurgi Persoons, S/S 1997, reproduction of a 1950s sandal.
Photo © MoMu/Frédéric Uyttenhove

Friday, August 21, 2015 - An exhibition celebrating the visionary shoe designer Beth Levine (1914-2006) runs at the Long Island Museum in New York, from August 21h till January 4, 2016. This exhibition includes a wide array of iconic footwear, photographs, paintings, memorabilia, illustrations, accessories, film footage and artifacts from public and private collections relating to Levine's early life on a farm in Long Island through her ascent to the pinnacle of the fashion world. More than almost any single 20th century American designer, Levine revolutionized women’s footwear in ways that still resonate.
Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes
Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes

In addition to three First Ladies (Jacqueline Kennedy, Pat Nixon, Lady Bird Johnson, who chose Levine’s shoes for their extreme comfort), Beth's clients included Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Barbra Streisand, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minelli, and Cher. The boots that Nancy Sinatra wore for her 1966 hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" were designed by Beth. Levine collaborated with designers including Halston, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass and designed all the footwear for Braniff Airline's flight attendants. Her work is collected by many museums and individuals including Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. This exhibition 'Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes' will reintroduce our audience to a true American original, an exceptionally creative, playful, and practical force in 20th century fashion design.

This exhibition is being guest-curated by Helene Verin, an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and the recognized expert on Beth Levine.

Book: Beth Levine Shoes by Helene Verin
Published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang.
ISBN 1584797592

Beth Levine: The First Lady of Shoes
August 21 till January 4 2016
Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For information visit

Photo: leather Jockey boot by Beth Levine inspired by Joan Miró, 1965 © Helene Verin.

More shoes by Beth Levine at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - This summer the Stadtgalerie in Klagenfurt houses a unique exhibition for people who want to use all their senses to experience shoes. Not only the five common ones, but also the sixth sense, a more mysterious one, looking in the past and in the future. About 100 fascinating design and art objects show shoe, by around 80 artists and designers from Austria and around the world, in all their sense stimulating manifestations. This exhibition is a cooperation between Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Ponte Organisation für kulturelles Management GmbH and the Virtual Shoe Museum.
SHOEting Stars 5 Sinne & Mehr
SHOEting Stars 5 Sinne & Mehr

The objects in this exhibition celebrate our possibilities to detect stimuli. We can hear shoes before we see them. We can touch them and then we are lost, because we want to feel them on our own feet. Some shoes we can eat (when we see or feel shoes made of mouth-watering material) and other shoes do something to our noses. In many ways shoes can stimulate our senses and that is exactly what the promoters of this exhibition want us to experience.

The exhibited shoes have sprung from the creative power of designers, artists and architects. Most of their experimental shoe creations are one of a kind or have been produced in small series only, made out of high-tech or natural materials as wood, ceramics, paper, leather or fabric. The spectrum ranges from an architectonic approach through experiments with materials to the shoe as a fetish object. The manifold possibilities inherent in shoes as a creative medium are reflected not only in the shoes themselves but also in installations, photographs and videos, and include the positions of various Austrian artists and designers.

Liza Snook, curator of the Virtual Shoe Museum and composer of this exhibition says: ‘Shoes symbolize passion and sensuality. They can move you in different ways. They can inspire and impress you. Shoes can be your second skin and bring you in or out of balance. In the hands of designers, artists and architects these fashionable everyday objects turn into spectacular and unique sculpture. Wearable or unwearable; as an art object, as a fetish. I think shoes acquire an autonomous artistic statement beyond everyday use.’

The following artists, architects and designers are present in the exhibition:
ainsley-t (Stuart Thom), Mihai Albu, Irene Andessner, Amber Ambrose Aurèle, Ona B., Be&D, Neel Barten, Madeleine Berkhemer, Marloes ten Bhömer, Lisa Brumbauer , Aki Choklat, Erik Cox, Nienke van Dee, Esther Dorhout Mees, Chris van den Elzen, Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young, Alexander und Christian Fielden, Joyce de Gruiter, Zaha Hadid for United Nude, Katrien Herdewyn, Iris van Herpen x United Nude, Ivo Hofsté, Carolin Holzhuber, Ivanka Ska, INSA (Joe Insa), Jan Jansen, Hélène Jaspers, Freya Jobbins, Lauren Johnstone, Sharon Joosten, Birgit Jürgenssen, Kei Kagami, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Gudrun Kampl, Hetty Kelderman, Aleksandra Kielpinska, Kenneth Kirschner, Dora Kloppenburg, Rem D Koolhaas for United Nude, Youngwon Kim, Jochen Kronier, Tokio Kumagaï, Kobi Levi, Pinelopi Loizidou, Eelko Moorer, Krista van der Niet, Thuy Pham, Minna Parikka, Caro Peirs, Bart Persoons, Antoine Peters, Tea Petrovic, Asia Pietryk, Peter Popps, Elvira Rajek, Maurice Regnaut, Inge Helena Rietjens, Roswitha van Rijn, Svenja Ritter, Mandy Roos, Iris Schieferstein, Rose Sellery, Deborah Sengl, Neta Soreq, Jared Steffensen, Sanne Steijger, Liesel Swart, Mark Schwartz, Gianluca Tamburini, Bruno Tansens, Kermit Tesoro, Elisabeth Thorsen, Sergio Toro, Enikő Tóth-Kern, Anna Vasof, Joyce Verhagen, Ap Verheggen, Ilja Visser, Rhonda Voo, Julius Welby, Lie van der Werff, Matthias Winkler, Anuk Yosebashvili, Erwina Ziomkowska, Barbara Zucchi, Peter Zwaan.

The exhibition opens on the 26th of June and ends at October the 11th.
On the opening day the 25th of June 19.00 the admission is free.

SHOEting Stars 5 Sinne & Mehr
26 06 11 until 11 10 2015
Mag. Beatrix Obernosterer
Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Theatergasse 4
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

Photo: Cone by Peter Popps, photo by Tom ten Seldam and Cutlery by Lauren Johnstone.

Monday, June 08, 2015 - x-editions’ first publication 'Sneaks. Paris' was released on June 3rd, 2015. ‘Sneaks’ and x-editions are projects initiated by Dutch graphic designer, artist & craftsman Erik Cox.

32 pages self cover | 32 photo’s | no text
Size: 21 x 16 cm | 8.3″ x 6.3″
Print: full color offset
Print run: 500 copies, hand-numbered
Paper: Soporset offset 135 grs
Binding: staples in 5 colors
ISBN 978-90-823888-0-0

Price: € 8,95 (excluding shipping costs)

Sneaks.Paris can be purchased directly from x-editions by sending an e-mail to

Available at

For more information x-editions

Works by Eric Cox at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - On Saturday, June 6 the Fashion and Shoe Designing Academy of Fine Arts Department of Sint-Niklaas presents it's annual sensational and spectacular fashion show for the 19th time and the shoe show for the sixth time. For this presentation 't Bauhuis will be transformed into a show location.
June 6th Fashion and Shoe design show by SASK
June 6th Fashion and Shoe design show by SASK

The fashion and shoe designs of part-time education in Sint-Niklaas, Fashion Design department: led by Ellen Monstrey and assisted by Maureen Declercq and Chris Franssen and Shoe Design by Anne Poesen & Patrick Cremers has manifested itself for many years as a professional and very inspiring department looking far beyond the borders of Sint-Niklaas. What makes this program so special is that it is a part-time education program. The students combine this training with other part-time studies or with their full time or part time jobs. Motivation and enthusiasm is the driving force. For some people it means finally realizing their childhood dream. It requires huge commitment and only who is passionate enough gets to the finish line. Because the program sets its goals very, academic, high.

Focus on both fashion and shoe design on the design, structure, craft, form study , chart and study of historical and ethnic costumes. The programs of both directions are similar and personal vision and authenticity are encouraged from the first year.

The Shoe Design department was created out of passion for the craft. For shoe design there are 30 candidates. The show is the culmination of an academic year and gives students from the first year on a platform to show their work, their vision and creativity. That every year 1200 people, not just family and insiders, come to visit this show is the best form of appreciation for this department and it's students. So make sure you will also join this dazzling, exciting, inspiring show!

6th of June 2015
Academie Sint Niklaas
SASK Shoe design show 20.00, fashion show 21.00.
Tickets in advance 15 euro/at the door 17 euro

Location: 't Bauhuis, Slachthuisstraat 60, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Registration for the course starts Saturday, June 27th at our open days on 27 and 28 June: SASK Boonhemstraat 1, 9100 Sint Niklaas, Belgium.

Previous articles about SASK and the shoe selection by students

Embracing Stripes by Bruno Tansens, graduation collection for the Academy of Fine Arts in Sint-Niklaas Belgium (SASK), 2014.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - Elegnano offers elegant, exclusive women's shoes of the highest quality for women that are fashionable and graceful, but also know what they want in life. Elegnano lives by the motto: float like butterfly, sting like a bee.

Walking through life effortless and elegant, but strong and sharp at the same time. Elegnano wants every woman to move gracefully through life - like a fairy or a butterfly - without exchanging elegance and femininity for comfort and resilience. Technological innovation and modern design make this possible. Elegnano is literally, and figuratively a fusion of elegance and nanotechnology. The Italian craftmenship and high-tech innovation are brought together in unique designs. The design studio is based in Belgium. We pay a lot of attention to the right fit and materials of the shoes. Only top quality materials are personally selected with great care. The exclusive leather goods are handmade in the Marche in Italy, known worldwide for producing high quality footwear.

​ The contemporary and innovative nature of Elegnano is emphasized by the design and the use of modern technological developments. Nanotechnology is for example integrated at the level of leather technology to improve the quality, comfort and durability of the collections.

The designer Katrien Herdewyn
Her fascination for shoes started at a very young age: The four year old Katrien built a shoe shop in front of the garage and spent hours underneath tables in aisles to look at the shoes of people that walked by, without being distracted by anything above it. In 2010 she graduated as a civil engineer with a master's degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Leuven. After her studies she started a PhD in Sciences, in combination with studies in Footwear Design at the Academy of Fine Arts of Sint-Niklaas (Belgium). She took specialized classes in Fashion Footwear Design at London College of Fashion (UK), Polimoda (Italy), Prescot & McKay (UK) and SLEM (The Netherlands). Her designs are enchanting and delicate, yet edgy and sharp. The eccentric collections she designed for the Academy have already been shown in various exhibitions, fairs and fashion shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, London and Paris.In November 2014 Katrien started her own commercial shoe label Elegnano

In 2013 she was nominated for the Global Footwear Design Award. In 2014 she became the only Belgian finalist in the prestigious Muuse x Vogue Talents - Young Vision Award Accessories.

The first collection autumn/winter 2015-2016
The collection consists of four models, available in sizes 36 to 42. Each design in the collection has a name and personality. From the end of July you will find the collection Elegnano back in several shops in Belgium and they will be available at the shop This collection is a limited edition. The price varies from € 450 to € 665. You can pre-order from June 15. In a month they will be delivered at home.

More shoes by Katrien Herdewyn at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

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