Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 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.
History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes
History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes

In collaboration with the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery in England, home to the world’s largest collection of historical shoes, this exhibition of over 220 pairs of shoes takes you on a journey through the footwear fashions of the last 3000 years. In addition to its purely protective function and its importance for many people as a fashion item, throughout history the shoe has also been connected with social status and membership of particular social groups. In ancient Egypt, only pharaohs were allowed to wear sandals made of silver or gold. The oldest shoe in the exhibition comes from Egypt, and dates from around 1000 BC. Every shoe form that we wear today has a link to the past. We are always wearing a piece of history on our feet. And in the meantime, the shoe has also become a subject for the art world.

More than 30 artists from across the globe, selected by Liza Snook from The Virtual Shoe Museum, have made their artistic shoe creations available for the exhibition. Shoes from the designers of tomorrow also offer visitors a taste of the future.

Thomas Murphy, an English shoemaker of bespoke shoes for the young and old, will demonstrate his craft on various weekends. Our visitors will have the chance to experience live how handmade shoes are made today, and will have the opportunity to try their hand at a bit of shoemaking themselves.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle)
Museum, shop and restaurant
Opening hours 10.00 until 18.00 daily
Steinenvorstadt 1
CH-4051 Basel

The Swiss Museums Pass and the Museums-PASS-Musées are valid for the Toy Worlds Museum Basle.

CHF 7.00/5.00
Children up to 16 years of age are admitted free of charge and only the company of adults.

Beads shoes by Tomas Kroes, photo by Charlotte Visser.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Shoe art, signed & numbered Helena is back. After an overwhelming response on various boots featured in international exhibitions, Helena decided to make her shoe art available to shoe lovers. This fall she will be launching 'Gloria Flamenca', the first in a series of exclusive, signed and numbered boots which all have been in expositions but never produced before.
Helena Amsterdam unique wearable shoe art
Helena Amsterdam unique wearable shoe art

These wearable pieces of art will all carry their unique number and will be signed by the artist compared to a litho or art print. The significant difference is that the boots will not be an inferior copy of the original but completely identical. Each pair will be manufactured out of exactly the same materials, in the same country, with equal dedication and craftsmanship as the ones featured in museums and exhibitions. 

The boots and bags will all be handmade from the finest leather and materials, with a passion for perfection by, grown up, craftsmen in Portugal. The artistic footwear will arrive with a certificat of authentity, together with a travel bag to keep them nice and shiny. To top off things Helena designed a matching clutch. These collectors items can exclusively be ordered directly from
Helena Amsterdam. The first delivery will be before Christmas!

Gloria Flamenca
Designed with a deep love for Spain and it's beautiful culture and people, these boots represent a tribute to the Flamenco dancers, expressing the fire, passion and colorfulness to be found in every woman, all over the world

The 'Gloria Flamenca' boot is of course permanently featured at the Virtual Shoe Museum and will be part of the 'History under you feet – 3000 years of shoes' exposition at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, Switserland in collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery in England. From October 18 2014 untill april 5 2015.

Boot: € 275
Ankle boot: € 235
Clutch: € 145

About Helena
Inge Helena Rietjens is known for her creative, daring, stylish and playful signature, manufactured in high quality materials and craftsmanship. This fall she is launching a brand new concept featuring solely, limited edition boots and bags, with a new release 3 times a year.She started out as a shoe designer in 2004 by launching the Helena Angelique collection in a collaboration with a tattoo artist, followed by her own Helena d'Amsterdam collection in 2009. She co developed and taught at the masterclass shoe design for FIA ( Fashion Institute Arnhem) and was a designer and trend watcher for Sacha. Her designs received international media attention and have been sold worldwide.

Quite some of her boots an shoes were, are and will be featured in various museums and exhibitions, amongst which the Kunsthal/Rotterdam, Modemuseum/Hasselt, Nederlands Leder en Schoenen Museum/Waalwijk, Museum Auberlehaus/ Trossingen, Spielzeug Welten Museum/Basel and at The Virtual Shoe Museum more to come in 2015: Shoe Show/Dubai and Kuwait, Klagenfurt/Austria.

More shoes by Helena at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Photo's by Charlotte Visser.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Dutch designer Rosanne Bergsma starts a new workshop 'create your own leather accessory' at Sunday October 19 and from December 6 the new course 'Make your own shoes' starts. A course for everyone who loves to create. You will become familiar with the craft of shoemaking in the studio in the Fashion quarter in Arnhem.
New workshop and course by Rosanne Bergsma
New workshop and course by Rosanne Bergsma

Create your own leather accessory with a small group. You can choose whether you make a clutch, a tablet or phone cover. Experience is not required! While enjoying a cup of coffee, tea and sweets you will be ensure of having a fun workshop.

Sunday October 19, 2014 from 13.00 till 17.00
Teachers are Nikki Giling and Rosanne Bergsma.
Participants 4 till 8
Price € 75,- p.p. including material. (We take care of coffee, thee and sweets).

A course for everyone who loves to create. You will become familiar with the craft of shoemaking in the studio in the Fashion quarter in Arnhem. You can make the shoes that you’ve always wanted. In 7 days you will be guided through the entire process from design to a pair of hand crafted shoes. Experience is not required!

Different techniques and skills will be demonstrated. The following activities will be discussed: making patterns, cutting out the leather, stitching, making the soles and heels. There will be a lot of personal attention and time for questions, so you can learn what you want.

December 6 is the beginning of a new course. The course is on Saturday from 10.00 till 17.00 o'clock.
Participants 2
Price from € 950,- p.p., including lasts, excluding material

Shop Rosanne Bergsma
Klarendalseweg 397
Modekwartier Arnhem

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As a shoe designer Rosanne believes in craftsmanship and durability. Every pair of women- and men shoes is made to measure in the studio in the Fashion Quarter Arnhem. With personal attention your shoe will be designed that fits your identity. Any personal wish such as the leather, toe shape, heel height and sole can be chosen. Products made by Rosanne are easily recognizable and stand out as clean silhouettes, in which innovative constructions are hidden. Shoes with an understated design language, executed in high-quality materials.

Rosanne Bergsma graduated Cum Laude at the Academy of Arts ArtEZ in Arnhem, the Netherlands. She made shoes for several Dutch celebrities as Claudia de Breij en Wende Snijders. More shoes by Rosanne Bergsma

Photography by David Jagersma and Martin Wieldraaijer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Following previous successful design workshops given by international (shoe) design talents Kei Kagami and Kobi Levi, the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk proudly presents another design workshop by Kermit Tesoro from the Philippines on Wednesday 1 Oktober 2014.
Kermit Tesoro design workshop
Kermit Tesoro design workshop

Observant visitors know Kermit Tesoro from his modest contribution to the Mode Biënnale Arnhem: M°BA exhibition 'Fetishism in Fashion' 2013. Lady Gaga fans will remember Tesoro's work in her 'Marry the Night' video, where she shines in a 'muscle dress' created by Kermit Tesoro and Leeroy New. After that Tesoro contributed to the Lady Gaga + Gilt campaign, in which his terrifying high, heelless shoes attracted more attention than Lady Gaga herself.

At the start of his mini shoe exhibition 'Kermit Tesoro' this remarkable designer comes to Waalwijk to give a design workshop. Tesoro will share his skills in the field of three-dimensional design on a shoe last. The workshop is specifically for shoe designers and/or traditional shoemakers, but other interested parties are of course very welcome. For students knowledge of shoe design is desirable.

There is room for up to 25 people.
The costs are € 40,- per person, including coffee or tea, lunch and materials. Registration for this workshop can be done via e-mail.

9.30 10.00
Walk in, registration, coffee or tea & cake

10.00-12.00 Part 1 workshop

13:00 to 15:30 Part 2 workshop
15:30 to 16:30

Coffee or tea

Kermit Tesoro design workshop
Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum
1 Oktober 2014
Elzenweg 25, Waalwijk, the Netherlands

More shoes by Kermit Tesoro at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - The fabulous Shoe Calendars by Workman Publishers New York are out now! A must have for shoe lovers! Step into a shoe lover’s dream. Adapted from Linda O’Keeffe’s internationally bestselling book, 365 Days of Shoes is an exuberant celebration of luxury and style. The 365 Days of Shoes Calendars and diary features a full-color photo on every day. Since 2008 part of the shoes in these Calendars have been selected from the Virtual Shoe Museum.
2015 Shoe Calendars by Workman Publishers
2015 Shoe Calendars by Workman Publishers

For 2015 the cover of the Shoes Gallery 365 Days of Shoes Calendar was chosen from the Virtual Shoe Museum selection. The cover shoe is designed by Anastasia Radevich from Canada, 'Kinetik, The golden age', the photographer is Nik [Nitro] Yur.

Anastasia Radevich
Of Belarus origin she lives and crafts in Montreal, Canada. Having a distinction diploma from London College of Fashion in footwear design under her belt, she has spent a few years deepening into essence of technical design and art of the shoemaking at such creativity hubs as Alexander McQueen, Nicholas Kirkwood and Bolongaro Trevor (Creators of All Saints). Among the knowledge Anastasia attained was also appreciation of the value of free unobstructed expression and creativity which is often uneasy in our profit driven society. Shoes are her canvas where Anastasia combines art, craft and technology to relay a message, a story or a statement.

You can purchase your copy here for The Netherlands and Belgium, International purchase info is coming soon!

This innovative calendar, the features a full-color photo on every day. Nicholas Kirkwood’s color block stiletto. A tartan pump from Manolo Blahnik. And a glittery sky-high platform for New Year’s Eve. Shoes is a bold and obsessive tribute to fabulous footwear, with hundreds of stilettos, boots, sandals, platforms, and pumps displayed in full color.

Slip on a year of pure style. The ultramodern designs of Diego Dolcini. Classic Manolos. The pretty-meets-wild looks of Jerome C. Rousseau. And the timeless elegance of Stuart Weitzman. The #1 bestselling Picture-A-Day wall calendar, 365 Days of Shoes is a glamorous parade of footwear adapted from Linda O’Keeffe’s internationally bestselling book. For the shoe lover, it’s like a yearlong shopping spree (but a lot easier on the wallet).

It’s big style in a little format. Boasting a diminutive 7" x 7" size, Shoes Mini Calendar is a perfect fit for cubicles, fridges, even closets. Every month is a fabulous shoe, sumptuously photographed and reproduced in full color. A sky-high lace-up stiletto. A bold platform wedge. A playful pair of hot pink booties. And a to-die-for emerald green pump. Go ahead, try them on for size.

Fifty-two weeks of fabulous shoes. Marrying a practical week-by-week planner with pure passion, Shoes Engagement Calendar celebrates the sexiest, boldest, and most covetable footwear with a dazzling full-color photograph on the left-hand side of each spread. On the right is a roomy write-in grid to keep each day organized. From purse to desktop, it’s the perfect fit.

More shoes by Anastasia Radevich at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - The Palette series (Stiletto Palette or Sneaker Palette) was developed in 2010, to inspire everyone from fashion lovers to sneaker heads. A platform where everyone can easily collaborate, share, draw and create. The journals feature a variety of subdued side profiles that allow the designer to quickly draw and brainstorm design ideas by providing accurately proportioned silhouettes.
Palette- creative tools for creative minds
Palette- creative tools for creative minds

Style & Quality
Palette is focused on bringing you a high quality notebook. All palette products are premium and feature a quality control method of printing, stitch binding and luxe linen cover.
• High quality: 100 gsm designer white paper
• Luxe linen cloth hardcover journal.
• 150 pages including ribbon book mark
• Elastic band closure

Designed in Los Angeles
Palette Publishing is a publisher and distributor established in Los Angeles. We are one of LA’s largest growing distributor of books and lifestyle products who continue to grow and cultivate a unique generation of individuals and specialists. Palette Publishing places great emphasis on working with bookshops, educational institutions, and schools. We are committed to our craft and strive to improve the quality of our materials released for designers as well as footwear/accessories enthusiasts globally. We have held various exhibitions and sponsored many events to assist the promotion of design culture and learning through the practice of drawing.

The founders
Creative professionals and Los Angeles natives with extensive european training, as well as, global work experience in USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. We have a shared mission; to provide premium design tools that have been developed to foster creative synergy.

Over the years the design duo has developed with unique insights that can be translated into various industries including high fashion, apparel, soft goods, accessories, digital design, publishing, lifestyle branding, automotive and consumer electronics. Backgrounds include Fashion Footwear & Accessories Design focus from: London College of Fashion, UK/Central Saint Martins, UK/Art Center College of Design, USA.

Order your Palette here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - The shoe exhibition Shoes in Art and Design at the KUNST HAUS WIEN is on show from 18 June till 5 October 2014. Most of the approximately 160 experimental shoe creations by designers, artists and architects are one of a kind or have been produced only in small series. Many have been devised as small sculptures, as conceptual statements, or as provocations against the main stream. These SHOEting Stars are distinguished by their unusual forms, exclusive materials and 'emotional added value' often to the detriment of their actual wearability.
SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design

SHOEting Stars
The topic of 'shoes' opens up an entire cosmos of stories, individual experiences and preconceptions. Shoes symbolise passion and the search for perfection. They represent trivial needs, but at the same time are an attractive medium for artistic and scientific speculation. The subject of this exhibition, therefore, is the contemplation of shoes not only as casual fashion projects but as design objects that make their own autonomous statements.

The exhibition focuses on experimental shoe creations by artists, designers and architects. Most of these creations are one of a kind or have been produced only in small series. Many have been devised as small sculptures in their own right, as conceptional statements, or as provocations against the main stream. Each of them is distinguished by an unusual form, exclusive materials and an “emotional added value” – often to the detriment of its actual wearability. In view of the astounding creativity and diversity of artistic ideas, the functionality criterion is of secondary significance.

Where does this courage to create an unconventional shoe come from? A not inconsiderable role is certainly played by the design avant-garde of the fashion world, where art and fashion have long been intimately linked, with each camp utilising the other’s mechanisms. Fashion designers rely on limited
production runs and direct cooperation with artists or borrow unabashedly from the treasure trove of
art history.

On the other hand, when artists focus on shoes as the subject of their creative works, amazing autonomous artistic statements result. Shoes made of glass, ceramics and porcelain or conceived as part of an installation follow in the tradition of creative sculpture and thus assume positions outside the
canons of the fashion market. Artists enjoy slipping into the role of the beholder. In conceptual works they target the complex relationship between society and the individual and focus on facets of modern consumer behaviour. In doing so they are working at the crossroad to social design, which represents
an expansion in the sense of creating life forms and preserving values.

A further source of creativity is provided by new technologies and materials, which enable a previously unheard-of spectrum of forms, structures and surfaces. By means of computer-aided processes, used alone or in combination with traditional techniques, the appearance of a shoe can be modified step by
step. Materials with new looks and new textures lend these shoes an almost futuristic aspect. The sections of the exhibition reflect contemporary design positions and show a blurring of boundaries between design, handicrafts and art that has been observable for quite some time. The range of exhibition objects is correspondingly broad: from an architectonic approach through small sculptures to the critical exploration of ethical and moral aspects of art and society; from experiments with materials to the shoe as a fetish object – there is no question in present-day discourse to which a shoe of some kind does not have an appropriate answer.

The thematic grouping of the exhibited works underscores the blurring of boundaries between art, design and handicrafts. 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 several Austrian artists and designers.

An exhibition by KUNST HAUS WIEN in cooperation with the GRASSI Museum of Applied Art Leipzig
Idea and concept: Sabine Epple
Curator in Vienna: Brigitte Woischnik
Co-Curator in Vienna: Liza Snook,

SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
18 June to 5 October 2014
1030 Vienna, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - After launching his new shoe collection EXCIDIUM at FashionClash Festival 2014 Maastricht last month in a collaboration with fashion designer Judith van Vliet, this friday Juli 11th at 14.00 during the 21st edition of Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam, Chris van den Elzen's fabulous shoes will be part of the vodafone FashionLAB show by Joelle Boers and Bregje Cox.
EXCIDIUM by Chris van Elzen
EXCIDIUM by Chris van Elzen

Hereby Chris van den Elzen proudly presents his new collection, a collaboration with fashiondesigner Judith van Vliet.

The EXCIDIUM shoe collection
EXCIDIUM, a latin word, an adjective, embracing the words destruction, demolition, overthrown, cataclasm, erosion, desolation.

A 3D printed woodpulp platform wedge with a calf leather upper and a acrylic/copper heel insert, a high-tech wedge with a handmade calf leather upper finalized with italian zippers. The collection consists of ankle booties, half booties and sandals, all in black and a soft grey with copper details.

Everywhere around us there are more and more empty buildings. They are abandoned. It often costs too much to restore them and are therefore demolished to make room for cold new projects without identity. These abandoned, derelict buildings bursting with ornaments. Overpowerd by nature influences. They live a life of their own. The layers of dust became layers of sand. Broken windows make room for the green to come inside and find its way. The object leads its own life and so it creates its unique nature, 'time seems to stand still'.

The beauty of imperfection gives each object its own identity. The consequences of abandonment are becoming more severe as time passes. Architectural shapes become erratic and are increasingly being overpowerd by nature. Erosion, moss, fungi and oxidants adorn the walls, ceilings and floors. A world of new designs, textures and colors.

Together with technicians Pelser-Hartman (3D-scan) and Peggy Bannenberg (3D jewelry designer) van den Elzen started the high-tech part of the shoes, the platform. A perfect scan of the new lasts was required. Pelser-Hartman who normally scan architectural objects helped to optimize the design. Together with Peggy Bannenberg the 3D model was constructed and ready to print. The platform wedge is 3D printed with a new and fresh woodpulp material called woodfill (by colorFabb). The one piece platform is printed at ifabrica Amsterdam, a young and hightech workshop open to fresh ideas.

Photo's by Fanny van Poppel.

More shoes by Chris van den Elzen and Judith van Vliet at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - The U-Lace story is actually your story. You are the artist who will take our laces and customize sneakers in way that will turn heads, collect compliments and inspire other to create sneaker masterpieces of their own. It's your world, so color it your way!

About You
From its inception, U-Lace has been about You - the end user, the consumer. That's why we named the company 'U' Lace. Though we all share the same planet, we are all unique individuals who possess our own passions, sense-of-style, and desires. U-Lace was created to empower people across the globe to simply Color Their World however they wish.

About U-Lace
U-Lace is the result of a deliberate effort by global trend-spotter and U-Lace founder Tim Talley (the guy above in the coaches shorts, shell-toe Adidas and dooky-rope chain) to find an idea for a new product that could transform the world in a way that was exciting, creative, innovative, and empowering all at the same time. That idea was found in Harajuku, Tokyo - one of the coolest places on the planet. Fittingly U-Lace was named the #1 Hot New Trend product in Japan. Distributed in over 40 countries and sold in some of the worlds hottest shops, including Colette in Paris, U-Lace is rapidly changing the way people lace up and how they express themselves from head to toe.

U-Lace Classic Mix-N-Match
Want to lace your kicks in more than one color? Team colors, school colors, fashion colors, Classic U-Lace Mix-n-Match is your product. With 6 U-Lace's and a price that beats standard laces on lace-ups with 2 or more colors, you'll be styling in a snap with U-Lace Classic Mix-n-Match Packs. Requires at least 2 packs to lace a pair of sneakers. You can buy your U-Lace here

Lacing Guide
There are well over 40 known U-Lace lacing patterns. Recently, the winner of our Win Free Kicks For A Year contest created several lace-ups that we had never seen or thought of. So there are likely even more patterns out there to be discovered. If you come up with a new pattern let us know and if we verify it to be new, unique and different from any pattern we’ve already seen we’ll give you a prize pack and even add your pattern to our lacing guide. Remember, you can use patterns not just for creating cool designs but also for fine-tuning the snugness and feel of your U-Laces.

Photo sneakers by Charlotte Visser.

Sunday, June 08, 2014 - Organised by The Walt Disney Company France the exhibition 'Bad for Good' gathers creators around their childhood memories of Disney movies. They built on their Disney’s souvenirs to produce original pieces… Exhibition show at Espace Commines 17 in Paris June 10 and 11 from 10.00 till 19.00, June 12 from 10.00 till 15.00. Auction date June 12 at 20.00. This auction includes a pair of black Witch shoes by Kobi Levi.
Disney's Bad for Good (Le Mal pour le Bien) Auction
Disney's Bad for Good (Le Mal pour le Bien) Auction

The works of 23 creators working within the fashion industry, the visual and fine arts one, cinema, literature and haute cuisine area will be auctioned in favor of La Source association, founded by artist Gérard Garouste. Tajan auction house will be leading the sale. It has already been many years since fashion designers and artists have reinterpreted iconic Disney characters with their very own sensitivity. This time, Disney has been willing to give them carte blanche to create works not only from a character but from an entire universe: the one relating to Bad and Good, timeless and ever present common theme to all Disney creations.

Bad For Good: creators’ childhood memories:
Paul Smith / Chantal Thomass / Christian Louboutin / Christian Lacroix / Véronique Leroy / Anne Valérie Hash / Martin Grant / Kobi Levi / Gisèle Ganne / Manish Arora / Francis Kurkdjian / Gérard Garouste / Elisabeth Garouste / Speedy Graphito / Laurent Pernot / Martine Aballéa / Virginie Barré / Thierry Dreyfus / Lionel Estève / Christophe Ono-Dit-Biot / Benjamin Renner / Philippe Conticini / Jean Rochefort

All of them have brought to l fe a personal souvenir of Bad or Good from an animated movie seen during their childhood.

The works gathered, most of them being brand new creations, will illustrate Disney movies’ eternal vocation: 'Over at our place, we're sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don't think of grown ups, and we don't think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall' Walt Disney.
« I pass you down this souvenir, to help you growing up »

The Walt Disney Company France has wanted that the operation 'Bad for Good' can contribute to its vocation of hand over and solidarity amongst children, which has already been developed for many years with various associations in favour of childhood.

The auction will therefore be in favor of La Source association created in 1991 by painter Gérard Garouste, who intends to help children and young people facing social problems, both family and school related, and to develop their artistic creativity in various fields (

Espace Commines 17, rue Commines 75003, Paris.

June 10 and 11: 10.00 till 19.00
June 12: 10.00 till 15.00

Auction date
June 12 at 20.00