Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - An exhibition of shoes in Art and Design at Schloss Lichtenwalde, near Chemniz in Germany. On show from May 25 2017 till January 7 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
HIGH HEELS, Die hohe Kunst der Schuhe

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 Hig

Monday, June 12, 2017 - On Saturday, June 17th, the Fashion and Shoe Designing Academy of Fine Arts Department of Sint-Niklaas presents it's annual sensational and spectacular fashion show for the 20th time and the shoe show for the sixth time. For this presentation the Techniekhuis will be transformed into a show location.
June 17th Shoe, Jewelry and Fashion design show by SASK
June 17th Shoe, Jewelry and Fashion 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 & Hans De Clercq 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: June 17th 2017
Time: Shoe and Jewelry design 20.00, Fashion show 21.00
Tickets: in advance 18 euro/at the door 20 euro
Location: Techniekhuis, Industriepark Noord 6 Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Our open days are Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June from 2 till 6 pm, location SASK Boonhemstraat 1, 9100 Sint Niklaas, Belgium.

Shoe design by Alice van Opstal, 2016.
Registration for the course starts saturday 25th. e-mail academie sint-niklaas

Previous articles about SASK and the shoe selection by students.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - This exhibition will open in Science Museum Oklahoma’s smART Space galleries on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The exhibit features local, national and international artists and will examine how the shoe has been interpreted in art throughout history, the science and engineering behind specific shoe designs, peoples’ relationships with footwear. The artworks from Col-lec-tion by Virtual Shoe Museum are part of the show.
Sole Expression - The Art of The Shoe
Sole Expression - The Art of The Shoe

The exhibition 'Sole Expression: The Art of the Shoe' celebrates our shoes and their too-often overlooked significance in our lives. In the exhibit you will find how the shoe has been interpreted in art from the 19th century until now, modern artistic interpretations by shoe designers from around the world, local artists’ interpretations of their association with footwear, the magical shoes featured in fairytales and literature, an interactive materials touch wall including DIY shoe design tables, plus an installation that  explores peoples relationships with shoes and the powerful ways that relationship effects our lives, activities and perceptions.

Shoe artists and designers on show
Zita Attalai, Amber Ambrose Aurèle, Suhandan Ozay Dermikan, Gabriel Dishaw, Costa Magarakis, Hugh Meade, Mark O’Brien, Mark Schwartz, Kelly Jo Shows, Lisa Sorrell, Paige Sorrell and Col-lec-tion artists Liza Snook and Charlotte Visser.

Local artists: Marilyn Artus, Alyson Atchison, Nick Bayer, Erica Bonavida, Kim Camp, Kjelshus Collins, Gayle Curry, Douglas Shaw Elder, Klair Larason, Adam Lanman, Nathan Lee, Sean Vali, and Julie Yang.

Col-lec-tion
Col-lec-tion makes illustrations with barbieshoes and sells postcards and artwork. In the near future we plan to to sell fabrics (shawls, shirts, bedlinnen), stationary (notebooks, calendars, diaries, wrapping paper...) and wall paper as well. Col-lec-tion is founded by collector/curator Liza Snook (Virtual Shoe Museum) and designer/photographer Charlotte Visser.

Sole Expression: The Art of the Shoe
Feb 17th 2017 – Jan 10th 2018

Science Museum Oklahoma’s smART Space galleries
2020 Remington Place, Oklahoma City, USA.

Museum hours
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Illustration and animation 'Rocket' by Col-lec-tion.com.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - The International Wooden Shoe Museum in Eelde NL is looking for designers/students who have a passion for wooden clogs or footwear using woord as material. The museum challenges them to design and make a pair of clogs for the future. They have a chance to get their designs shown at the exhibition 'CLOGS new STYLE', on show from 01.04.2017 till 31.10.2017.
The International Wooden Shoe Museum is looking for designers/students with a passion for clogs.
The International Wooden Shoe Museum is looking for designers/students with a passion for clogs.

The International Wooden Shoe Museum requests designers/students to send in their design and motivation before 31.01.2017 in 3D and digital. A motivation must be added how the design can be realized. With the present clogs production methods or by using new technologies.
Please send in your designs to Bertus van den Hof. Bertus van den Hof is a board member of the International Klompenmuseum as well as a board member of the European Wooden Shoes Foundation. This foundation promotes clogs, making/cutting clogs, connects clog museums at an European level.

Jury
The jury will consist of a clog-maker, a Dutch artist and re-present from the Klompenmuseum.

Winners
Up to twenty clog designs will be presented at the exhibition. The winning and to be exhibited clog designs will be announced mid February 2017.

International Wooden Shoe Museum/Internationaal Klompenmuseum
Wooden shoes or clogs: although everyone knows what they are and what they look like, they are worn much less frequently nowadays than they used to be. In fact clogwearers have become an all but extinct species. Yet is it not so long ago that almost everybody owned a pair of clogs and used them every day. Consequently there were lots of clogmakers in those days, who all made their own models, often in a variety of colours and decorations. This immense diversity in clogs from the past now forms a valuable part of the cultural heritage of a people.

Wooden Shoes Museum 'Wietzes Bros' was named after the two last clogmakers in Eelde, Elso Wietzes (1916-1977) and Egbert Wietzes (1925-1988). They were not only good makers of clogs for daily use, they also collected clogs from many different countries.

After Egbert's demise the Foundation Wooden Shoes Museum 'Wietzes Bros' takes over the management of the collection of clogs and the clogmaking tools. The collection of Mr H.P. Bongers from Enschede is added to the collection of the Wietzes brothers. Bongers was a teacher at the Technical College in Enschede. His collection included clogs and unique clogmaking tools from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France and Spain. In 2002 this whole collection becomes the property of the Museum.

In 1990 the Wooden Shoes Museum 'Wietzes Bros' in Eelde was opened. It's international collection includes:
• More than 2.300 pairs of different clogs and other footwear with wooden soles from 43 countries.
• The largest and most diverse clog collection in the world.
• Hundreds of tools from seven European countries.
• Simple clog machines from The Netherlands, Germany and France from around 1920.
• Information in the form of books, newspaper articles, photographs etc.

In The Netherlands we want to promote and preserve the Dutch cultural heritage of the clog making/cutting handcraft. And we want to involve the youth in this traditional technique.

SFO Museum San Francisco International Airport 2017
From 20.03.2017till 01.11.2017 seven special pairs of marriage clogs from The Netherlands and France, will be on display at a special exhibition at the International Airport of San Francisco, USA.

Special exhibition
CLOGS new STYLE
On show from 01.04.2017 till 31.10.2017

Adress
The International Wooden Shoe Museum
Wolfhorn 1a
9761 BA Eelde
The Netherlands

Opening times
From April 1st till October 31st
Tuesdays - Sundays from 14.00 to 17.00.

Groups
Up to 60 persons by pre-arrangement.

More information
The International Wooden Shoe Museum

Photo: French wedding clogs for the groom from the valley of Bethmale in the French Pyrenees, early 20th century.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2017' in Vienna on April 27th. Europe sure needs more crazy shoes, so you (when based in Europe) are invited to join the competition and send in your registration form until February 13 2017. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 16 2017.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2017
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2017

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2017 Vienna: conditions for participation:

Organizer
Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.

Purpose and goal
The creativity and skill of the profession is to be demonstrated in order to draw attention to the international proficiency of the craft of shoemaking.

Participants
All establishments’ shoemakers, shoe designers, shoe manufacturers from Europe.

Authorizing the participation of the piece
The shoe design must be wearable (women size 35-41, men’s size 39-47) and must be made by the participant.

Number of competition entries
Each participant may only submit one pair of 'Crazy Shoes'.

Registration
The registration form must be received until February 13 2017 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs
None.

Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of any other persons attending the shoemaker's ball in 2015 are to be paid by the participants.

Submission of the 'Crazy Shoe'
The 'Crazy Shoe' must be received by March 16 2017 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna) with a description of the 'Crazy Shoe' (idea description, materials used, labor intensity) with photos of the working steps (jpg file). The images are shown at the ceremony in a digital photo frame. Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and jury
The 1st Evaluation of the submissions will be carried out in March 2017 by a panel of experts and laymen, and in the presence of a lawyer. The evaluation and selection of shoes by the Jury is based on a point system. The top 15 pairs of shoes go on to the final round on April 27 as part of the ceremony, in the Studio 44. The final round will be conducted by a panel of experts and prominent figures from politics and art, and in the presence of a lawyer. The selection of shoes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be made on a point system. The Jury's decision is final. Jury members may not participate in the contest.

Notification of the nominated participant
The participant will be notified March 22 2017 by email, that he/she is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via email or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than March 29 2017. If the deadline expires, the next highest participant is re-nominated.

Presence of the participant
The nominated participant must be present for the final round on April 27th 2017 or send a representative. If the nominee or his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe is removed from the competition!

Presentation of participation piece
The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 27th 2017 himself or he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes.
The practice will take place before the ceremony, the participants will be informed on March 2017 about the beginning of the practice.

Prizes
As part of the ceremony, on April 27 2017 in the Studio 44 the top three pairs of shoes will be awarded with a winning trophy, certificates and a prize.
1. Prize in worth of € 1.500,-
2. Prize in worth of € 750,-
3. Prize in worth of € 350,-

More information
Submissions received that do not come in the finals will be sent back after the ceremony by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and will be sent back in end-April 2017 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the ceremony, on April 27, 2017 in the Studio 44. Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form if you come alone or with an extra person.

The program
Saturday April 27 2017
Ceremony 'Award for the Crazy Shoe 2017 Vienna'

Download your registration form.

The winners 2016 are 1 Jennifer Cavanaugh, 2 Günter Näumayr, 3 Stefan Haitzer, Daniel Scheidl and Simon Watzinger.

Photo shoes 'Ich steh am Wörthersee' by Günter Näumayr.
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