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.

Friday, June 24, 2016 - German high end sneaker brand nat-2™ presents the world’s first vegan wooden sneakers. The result looks anything but the usual eco stuff. The 100% vegan, unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from real sustainable wood, which covers up to 90% of the shoe’s surface, depending on each style.
The World’s first vegan wooden sneakers by nat-2™
The World’s first vegan wooden sneakers by nat-2™

The wood is applied to an organic cotton and vector engraved in a way that the material bends and becomes soft and flexible like a fine nappa leather. The feel is very smooth and fine, while you can smell the wood and see the tree’s natural texture.

The wood used to create the fabrics comes exclusively from ethically managed forests and with respect for the entire ecosystem. The material is FSC certified ®, which guarantees the traceability and origin of the wood.

The patented material and the final sneakers are 100% made in Italy and produced under fair conditions in a new high-tech facility. The types of wood used are ash, birch, maple, tulip tree, walnut, cherry, elm and beech.

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. nat-2™ signature reflective and/or iridescent details are applied for a better visibility for the brand's typical futuristic look.

The collection includes four different low top and high top models for women and men in various colours and wooden tones.

The sneakers will be available at the nat-2 concept store Coilex Store in Munich as well as international top-boutiques:
Abu Dhabi | S*uce
China | Beijing | I.T. Galeries Lafayette
China | Shanghai | P-Plus
Dubai | Level Shoe District
Germany | Munich | LST
Germany | Munich | Pool
Italy | Milano | La Rinascente
Italy | Milano | Rossana Orlandi
Japan | Tokyo | Opening Ceremony
Switzerland | Zurich | Bongenie Grieder

You can also order them online at coilex.com.

Coilex Store Munich
Theresienstraße 71, 80333 Munich, Germany
Tel +49 893244367

More shoes by Nat-2 at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - Do you know that your shoes are talkative and say a lot about the person wearing them? To better understand what these objects reveal, the exhibition takes you step by step to discover pairs stemming from every continent, from the 16th to the 21st century, from delicate lotuses for bound feet in China to trainers nowadays. This exhibition, in co-production with the Musée international de la Chaussure de Romans, on show at the wonderful new Musee des Confluences. From June 7 2016 till April 30 2017.
At your feet
At your feet

Whether they be sandals, boots, moccasins, slippers or something else, from here or elsewhere, from yesterday, today or the future, shoes are intimately linked with human history. It is therefore not surprising that they are so close to us, whether we are aware of it or not. They act as witnesses to various life styles, as objects of desire, and often indicate belonging to a group. Under the gaze of whoever knows how to decipher them, they reveal codes and symbols. These multiple facets thus reassure us with the idea that there is nothing anodyne in the shoes we chose to wear. At the heart of the exhibition, you will be led to ask questions about your own shoes and what they say about you. The museum invites you to leave your comments and to contribute in this way to reflexion.

Shoe performance by Xavier G-Solis
At the opening 7th of June there will be a shoe performance by Catalan artist Xavier G-Solis at 19.00.
His work specially conceived for this exhibition'L’ÂME DANS LES CHAUSSURES' a 4 x 3 m photography on paper, that sheds a contemporary light on our intimate relationship with the shoe will be part of the exhibition 'At your Feet'.

At your feet
The exhibition presents nearly a hundred pairs from museum collections, from the International Footwear Museum at Romans, loans from institutions and private collectors.

Musée des Confluences
86 Quai Perrache
69285 Lyon
France

From June 7 2016 till April 30 2017

More shoes Xavier G-Solis by at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

© Poster Quentin Lafont, musée des Confluences

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - On Saturday, May 28 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.
May 28th Fashion and Shoe design show by SASK
May 28th 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 Rey Pador. And Shoe Design by Anne Poesen & Patrick Creemers 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 1.200 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!

SASK show Academie Sint Niklaas
date: May 28th 2016
Time: shoe design 20.00, fashion show 21.00.
Tickets: in advance 15 euro/at the door 17 euro
Location: 't Bauhuis, Slachthuisstraat 60, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Our open days on saturday 25th and sunday 26th of June from 2 till 6 pm, location SASK Boonhemstraat 1, 9100 Sint Niklaas, Belgium.
Registration for the course starts saturday 25th. e-mail academie sint-niklaas

Previous articles about SASK and the shoe selection by students.

Sanctus by Amalia Arutyunyan, graduation collection 2015.
Photo by Ivan Scheers

Sunday, May 08, 2016 - Introducing LOPER: footwear re-invented through craft and technique by creative platform PROEF. Discover our unique glueless construction with the premiere MACALON and DERBY unisex styles. Join us in bringing this project to life and help making the industry a little more responsible. And be the FIRST to wear our unique LOPER shoes.
LOPER: OPEN UP FOOTWEAR. LET'S MAKE IT SIMPLE!
LOPER: OPEN UP FOOTWEAR. LET'S MAKE IT SIMPLE!

LOPER
An initiative developed by Japanese creative platform PROEF (founder Katsuhiro Igarashi and designer Manami Saito) in collaboration with Dutch footwear designer Roderick Pieters. Sharing ideals and a passion for craft, former classmates (ArtEZ Institute of the Arts), Roderick and Manami bonded over an idea to simplify footwear production. In November 2012 Katsuhiro invited Roderick to Japan to discuss the LOPER concept. A shared vision of the project’s potential sealed the collaboration. Along the way great people joined the project, making it a team effort.

Looks good, feels good!
We present you DERBY and MACALON. Traditional leathercraft and streetwear origins combined in two contemporary unisex designs. Sleek lines and refined shapes echo the form-meets-function aesthetic. Typified by the innovative LOPER rope construction.

Your feet will love the smooth high-grade leather. The leather breathes as in nature. It is soft to touch and ages richly over time. Plus it will conform to the shape of your feet. Together with a thick cushioning EVA midsole and the durable rubber outsole we guarantee you a comfortable walk.
Fabricating beautiful shoes is great. Fabricating them responsibly is even better.

By supporting LOPER you will help making the industry a little more responsible. We've set out to make footwear production (and distribution) simpler, safer and more logical. Here's how, step by step:

1. NO GLUE, YES ROPE
Shoe factories are generally unhealthy workplaces; mainly because shoe production often involves large quantities of toxic glue. For workers in the factory it is nearly impossible not to inhale the harmfull vapors that come off the glue. Despite modern air circulation systems. Next to that, glue makes recycling of shoes nearly impossible.

So, the absense of GLUE makes production less harmfull for workers and it reduces the impact on our environment. LOPER shoes are assembled by hand using the LOPER rope construction system: instead of glue, we simply use rope to connect the upper to the sole. It eliminates the need for toxic glue during assembly and reduces workers exposure to toxic vapors.

The rope construction system includes a strong nylon rope with an integrated ‘needle’ and a purpose-engineered moulded rubber sole prepped with 44 holes, 2 start-points and an integrated stopper.

2. PRODUCTION ON DEMAND
Most shoe factories enforce minimum order standards. Massive quantities of product must be sold to cover costs. Often, these standards exceed the demand. Overproduction as a result. Meaning WASTE. We want to stimulate a more sustainable, more flexible production system. Selling before making, producing on demand.
Our solution is based on a simplified production line. LOPER shoes can be assembled very fast by one or two people. Lower machine costs and minimal manpower make it more attractive to produce to order rather than producing in bulk.

3. EASY ASSEMBLY, EASY SET-UP
Mass-produced footwear is made in the cheapest factories and shipped all over the world, bringing unnecessary environmental and economic costs. We want to increase localised production to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and support local economies.The simplicity of the LOPER shoe system makes it easy for us to set up assembling locations anywhere around the world. Making the chain from producer to you, as the end customer, more direct and logical. The first orders will be produced in Japan. With your support we will be able to set-up an assembling unit in Portugal and in the US.

4. EASY REPAIR
When your sneakers are worn-out, normally you will throw them away. With the LOPER rope platform it will be made possible to order separate LOPER parts and replace them by yourself. Enabling you to either repair your shoes or to make new exciting combinations.

MAKE IT POSSIBLE!
Our dream is to produce the LOPER collection. With your help it will be possible. We have set our goal on € 25.000,-. Which will cover for all costs concerning the full size range molds and lasts. Creating the LOPER sole platform. For men and women. Because, we want everybody to enjoy our LOPER shoes! Hopefully this is the start of something beautiful. With our sole designed as a platform, it’s ready to take on many different future styles. Simple. Elegant. Glueless. Production on demand. With a low carbon footprint. This is what LOPER is all about.

Share our beliefs? Like our styles? Join us in bringing the project to life! Be the FIRST to get LOPER shoes on your feet.
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WANT TO KNOW MORE?
For press enquiries and further information please contact LOPER Shoes

Monday, April 25, 2016 - From the 2nd of April until the 11th of September 2016 Fashion Museum Hasselt in Belgium presents ‘Haute-à-Porter’, curated by the internationally acclaimed costume designer, journalist and photographer Filep Motwary. Haute couture is synonymous with craftsmanship, luxury, extravagance and spectacle. But aren’t these typical features of contemporary prêt-à-porter?
Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion
Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion

The exhibition examines this question further and researches the changing relationship and cross-fertilization between haute couture and ready to wear. Through a variety of themes and a selection of spectacular silhouettes and accessories from high end designers and fashion houses, the exhibition highlights the significance of haute couture for contemporary fashion. Completed with photography, film, art and music, Haute-à-Porter offers a unique insight into the fashion industry of the last 30 years.

Participant designers and houses: Dior, Chanel, Erdem, Burberry, Lanvin, Rochas, Nina Ricci, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Roger Vivier, Prada, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix, Delpozo, Mary Katrantzou, Jil Sander, Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf, Alberta Ferretti, Thierry Mugler, Anna Molinari, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Giambattista Valli, Balmain, Rick Owens, Blumarine, Undercover, Giles, Christian Louboutin, Thom Browne, Marios Schwab, Sacai, Alexander McQueen, Herve L.Leroux, Anrealage, Schiaparelli, A.F. Vandevorst, Olivier Theyskens, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Alexis Mabille, Jay Briggs, Giuseppe Zanotti, Anya Caliendo, Iris Schieferstein, Erik Halley, Norita Katatehana, Maison Martin Margiela, Roger Vivier...

Photographers presented in the exhibition: Peter Lindbergh, Miles Aldridge, Nagi Sakai, Luigi and Iango, Charles Fréger, Francesco Brigida, Emma Summerton, Mikael Jansson, Erik Madigan Heck, Matthias Vriens-McGrath, René Habermacher, Michael Thompson, Fabien Baron, Thanassis Krikis, David Dunan, François Berthoud, Krishna Godhead, Sheila Metzner, Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello, Michal Pudelka, Ali Mahdavi, Txema Yeste, Daniel Jackson, Kevin Tachman, Giampaolo Sgura, Sebastian Kim, Tim Richardson, Bill Georgoussis, Matthew Brookes...

Artists presented: Hedwig Snoeckx, Iris Van Dongen and Koen Vanmechelen.

About the Book ‘Haute-à-Porter’
Along with the exhibition a book will be published by Lannoo, with interviews and contributions from Angelo Flaccavento, Alexander Fury, Antonio Mancinelli, Colin McDowell, Farida Khelfa, Irene Silvagni, Maria Luisa Frisa, Robin Schulie, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Nicole Phelps, Pierre Hardy, Rick Owens, Stephen Jones, Thom Browne, Tim Blanks, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, Zandra Rhodes completed with visuals by more than thirty renowned photographers and artists.

Book review from the Virtual Shoe Museum
The exhibition is divided into themes such as crinoline, volume, draping, classic, decoration. In the accompanying book, these themes are commented thoroughly. Motwary shows us interesting very stories, by combining historical handwork items from the museum’s private collection with iconic pieces from todays fashion visionairs. This book reflects the exhibition’s themes in a great mix of very interesting photography with Haute Couture masterpieces. The original compact interviews, with renowned fashion icons like Vivienne Westwood and Yohji Yamamoto, literally dig deeper into the material. The book states great fashion quotes like Rupaul's 'We're all born naked, the rest is drag!'.

About the autor
Filep Motwary started his career at the Greek editions of Vogue and L'Officiel in early 2000. He then worked for fashion houses such as John Galliano, Christian Dior and Chloe. Today he is Fashion Features Editor of Dapper Dan Magazine and has interviewed more than 200 fashion pioneers. Among others, he photographs for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Joyce.com, Giambatista Valli, Hyeres Festival. Motwary is still active as a costumes designer and he is the founder of The Kinsky.

Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion
Editor: Filep Motwary (Lannoo)
Format: 23 cm x 28 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, 208 pages
Price: € 45 
ISBN: 9789401429139

You can order your copy at Lannoo

Photo: Kristof Vrancken © Modemuseum Hasselt.

Monday, April 04, 2016 - 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. The shoe exhibition features a retrospective of Amber’s work. A selection out of four seasons will be on showcase until May 28, 2016. The shoes on display are one-of-a-kind made of experimental techniques and noteworthy materials: among them are 3D-printed metal, embossed latex, LED-fabric, real human hair and porcelain. On show from April 8 to May 28 2016 at Art Statements Gallery in Hong Kong.
Dutch Days in Hong Kong - Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
Dutch Days in Hong Kong - Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle

About the artist
Amber Ambrose Aurèle is a Dutch haute couture shoe designer, known for her visually unique work and sky-high heels. Amber explores the boundaries of fashion and art through her Haute Couture shoe designs. Amber: 'Sweet things have a strange edge.'

She holds an MA in Shoe Design from ArtEZ Arnhem (2012) and a MA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam (2012). Her academic background makes her research process unique and elevates her vision of beauty and design. The first to 3D-print metal heels, her creations have a sweet and twisted view that combines fine handwork technique with innovative technology.

Amber Ambrose Aureole's shoes are made to measure and available for editorial styling in Hong Kong until May 28. The artist will be present in Hong Kong April 5 till April 16.
More info at Amber Ambrose Aurèle

After graduating, Amber Ambrose Aurèle established her Amsterdam-based eponymous label. She has a firm belief her art of shoemaking requires interdisciplinary research which explores new fields in every collection. Amber’s shoes are seen in editorials (Vogue, Kaltblut, and many more) and exhibitions and museums all over the world. Amber shoes have been featured in shoes courted by the Virtual Shoe Museum in Vienna, Klagenfurt, Doha and Dubai). She is currently working on her 8th collection and various commission projects. This will be the first time Amber shows to the Asian public.

Shoe collections by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
Original (Sin)suality (2012)
Illustrates what women are capable of: having soft and fragile characteristics and being empowered sexually at the same time. The shoes focuses on sin found in the purest places and beauty found in the darkest places: the capability of merciless sensuality in femmes fragiles and sweet persuasion in femmes fatales.

Hidden Messages in Water (2012)
Are heels first ever 3D-printed from metal. Amber materialized the pseudoscience of how human consciousness has an effect on water in the sculptural open construction of the heels. Metamorphosis suggested through a composition of icy hard and volatile soft material; the stages water can be found in.

Coruscate Imprisonment (2012)
Suggests capturing light through print design and clever footwear engineering. Striving not to demonstrate only the romantic and swift beauty that is often found in modern-day fast fashion, Amber created one of a kind shoes that light up in the dark powered by LED-fabric.

L’Amour (2014)
Inspired by the reflection of water; its form was translated into the use of mirror-porcelain and Plexiglas to represent the two sides of Hamlet’s Ophelia and her search for happiness. Amber’s narrative of L’Amour 'Her Happiness Is Never Her Own' is a story inspired by the young Ophelia reaching madness and her struggle of being truly happy without the influence of others. She is drowning in pain but still stays feminine and strong while being stuck between two different worlds.

Art Statements Gallery
Art Statements was founded by Dominique Perregaux in 2003 in Hong Kong. The gallery has since become an important establishment that represents in Asia internationally celebrated contemporary artists. Pursuing its goal of giving its artists a wide visibility and to reach a pan-Asian audience, Art Statements opened its first overseas branch in Tokyo in 2010. Beside its regular exhibition programme, the gallery is actively involved in dealing both Western and Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art as well as participating in international art fairs. Art Statements works also extensively with regional architects, interior designers and property developers in public art consultancy projects.

More info at Art Statements

About Dutch Days in Hong Kong
The month of April is known to the Dutch nation as Koningsdag or “King’s Day”. The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands celebrates and dedicates April as the month to hold the second edition of its art and culture festival in Hong Kong. The “Dutch Days in Hong Kong” festival is co-organized and curated by Asia Week Hong Kong. It will host a series of events and programs in art and culture, taking place all over Hong Kong. The program is a collaboration of many partners in the Netherlands and Hong Kong. The long awaited museum seminars are presented by the ABN AMRO Bank with distinguished speakers from Mauritshuis Museum, Het Scheepvaartmuseum and the Rijksmuseum, as well as their counterparts from the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Dutch Days in Hong Kong will feature exhibitions, art lectures, a film festival, a culinary evening, and performances. We aim to weave an engaging dialogue to share ideas and best practices between artists, the greater public, students, collectors and art patrons.

Haute couture shoes exhibition by Amber Ambrose Aurèle
From April 8 to May 28
Location Art Statements Gallery
Gee Chang Hong Centre, Factory D, 8/F
65 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Hong Kong

Monday - Saturday 12pm - 7pm
or by appointment with Markus Halberstam or Charlotte Foo, T +852 2696 2300
e-mail artstatements

More shoes by Amber Ambrose Aurèleat the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Shoes: Imprisonment of the continuously shifting © AAA, photo Peter Stigter.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - As you know, adult coloring books are the latest thing. This time, you're the artist! Instead of just mindlessly filling in the usual geometric patterns, you get to have fun creating dazzling new color combinations for Claudia Lynch's original ShoeStories™ designs.
ShoeStories Coloring Book by Claudia Lynch
ShoeStories Coloring Book by Claudia Lynch

All the original stories - complete with witty puns, lots of innuendo, and the occasional intentional typo - are included. Feeling even more inspired? Design your own unique shoes... elegant, pretty, sexy or silly... using the templates inside.

About the artist
Claudia Lynch has enjoyed a multifaceted career as theatrical costume designer, tutu maker, milliner, author, publisher, artist and illustrator. She relishes the variety of the artist's day, completing projects as varied as corporate brochures, fashion illustrations for a sewing magazine, faux Andy Warhol prints for a film, and ShoeStories™. ShoeStories™ have been featured in a number of locally shot films, HBO’s Treme, and the CW’s series The Carrie Diaries.

Why a shoe?
The graphic shape of a shoe, particularly without the constraint of functionality, lends itself perfectly to unusual architecture and applied embellishment - whatever is necessary to express a character, a situation or an entire story. Proportions are exaggerated, heightening the sexual connotation that has historically surrounded women’s shoes.

Why a typewriter?
In traditional illustration, a picture illuminates, explains or expands on the text. Here, the situation is reversed: the text illustrates the pictures, so it had to be an integral part of the work. The vintage pulp fiction that inspired ShoeStories™ featured quick, witty repartee with lots of “You-get-it-you-get-it-You-don’t-you-don’t” innuendo, and would have been written on a beat-up old typewriter. As luck would have it, I happened to have one of those in my basement.

How are the originals made?
ShoeStories™ are painted with gouache (an opaque watercolor paint) on watercolor paper. The stories are typed directly onto the paintings with an old typewriter.

ShoeStories™ Coloring Book
24 Pages + Cover
Softbound
ISBN 9781944248482
$15

Find your ShoeStories Coloring Book here.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 - From March 8 till April 10 2016 'Art & Sole' will be exhibited at the Miami Beach Regional Library. It features over 150 of the most inventive examples of these fantasy art shoes, remarkable for their imaginative construction and elaborate adornment. Curated by Jane Gershon Weitzman.
Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection
Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection

The 2015-2016 season will be presented as bassX in a satellite space in the Miami Beach Regional Library, located directly across the street from the Bass Museum.

Art & Sole: Fantasy Shoes from the Jane Gershon Weitzman Collection

Location:
Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(between Collins Avenue and Liberty Avenue)

Mon and Tue 12- 8 pm
Wed - Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Public Holidays.

Free Admission.

Stuart Weitzman
Since opening its doors in 1996, luxury shoe brand Stuart Weitzman’s Madison Avenue flagship store has showcased footwear commissioned by artists, designers and craftsmen from around the world. Shoes are constructed of unexpected materials such as bronze, ceramic, wire, Plexiglas or in the case of Robert Steele, corrugated cardboard. Other shoes are noteworthy for their surfaces, embellished with feathers, gems, fresh flowers and cake frosting. Evelyn Kaplan who works in a mosaic art form pique assiette, crafted shoes from pieces vintage china, porcelain and ceramic knickknacks. Joan Klimo, who worked in fabric and mixed media, transformed shoes into whimsical soft sculptures.
Stuart Weitzman

Jane Gershon Weitzman
Art & Sole was curated by Jane Gershon Weitzman, Executive Vice President of Stuart Weitzman and Stuart Weitzman Retail, who also authored a book (www.virtualshoemuseum.com/art-sole) on the topic.

Jane Gershon Weitzman was the executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman and the first vice president of Stuart Weitzman Retail. She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her efforts were brought to life through innovative charity events on the brandʼs website, such as the Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction, and its retail stores. She serves on the Trust Board of the Boston Childrenʼs Hospital. Weitzman: 'All of the shoes are made by artists I found while traveling. I began to collect them and since I was involved in dressing the windows of our first retail store I thought, why not create a space around one of these pieces of art?'.

Image: mosaic shoe by Sharon Von Senden/Collection of Jane Gershon Weitzman.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - The shoe brand Irregular Choice will launch their next special collection 'Alice in Wonderland'. The new live-action 'Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass' hits the theaters in May. And designer Danny Sullivan didn’t spare any details with a new collection featuring favorite characters from the original 1951 animated film This limited edition appearing in stores worldwide on the 26th of February at 12pm…
Irregular Choice unveils 'Alice in Wonderland' Collection
Irregular Choice unveils 'Alice in Wonderland' Collection

For these tea party shoes, the designers didn’t scrimp on details, pulling in a teapot as the heel on the ‘One lump or two’ shoes and adorning the platform with icing from a cupcake. On the shoe 'Flowers can't talk' Alice herself becomes the heel, with the shoes embroidered with the pansies and dandelions from the original film.

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. “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.” Dan Sullivan.

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.

Buy your Irregular Choice shoes here.

Note 10.04.2016
The Alice in Wonderland shoes are completely sold out at Irregular Choice... but there are many sizes and styles available at www.fun.com

More shoes by Danny Sullivan at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

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