Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Basel's next Museum Night will take place on Friday 16th January 2015. Because of the current exhibition 'History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes' at the Spielzeug Welten Museum their night programme will be a big celebration of shoes. From 18.00 til 2.00 there will be various shoe performances, tap dancing, shoe making, flip-flop workshops and shoe games. So put on your party shoes and come dance with us!
Basel Museum Night 2015
Basel Museum Night 2015

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.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel Museum Night program for Friday 16th January 2015
All events are suitable for children

Coloro. The performance 'Shoes', a show developed exclusively for the Toy World Museum in Basle, will feature in the museum’s display window. Coloro – these are the Swiss artists Cornelia Clivio, Lorenz Matter and Romano Carrara. Numerous awards, seven years as a team and over 700 performances of their show 'Stage TV' on national and international stages attest to their success. 

Performance times: 18.00, 18.20, 18.40, etc. till 01.40

Tap dancing. Try tap dancing. And enjoy live performances by professional dancers. Experience how fascinating it is to generate rhythmic sounds through dance. Learn the first simple steps and routines under instruction from the tap dance professionals. The instructors will demonstrate how the perfect tap dance looks and sounds.

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoeshine boys. Take a seat and have your shoes cleaned as in the days of old. During the 1920s and 1930s, young men offered their services as shoe cleaners in many cities. This tradition will experience a revival during the night of the museum. With a professional polish, two young men will bring a little lustre to the Museums Night.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoemaking with Thomas Murphy. Learn how a shoe is made. Experience how custom-made shoes are still handcrafted today and try your hand at shoemaking yourself. Thomas Murphy is one of the best-known shoemakers in the world. He designs for the collections under his own shoe label and is responsible for the children’s range 'Chapter 2'. His creations are sold in boutiques around the world. Thomas Murphy teaches at the highly respected Royal College of Art in London and crafts creative shoes that have their grand appearance on the catwalks of the fashion metropolises. 

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoe race. The Formula 1 of remote-controlled shoes. Hit the gas pedal and win. You’re in the running with us, not with model cars, but with remote-controlled shoes. The winners will be presented with a small prize. Good luck at the shoe Grand Prix! 
Suitable for children 
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00
Mould a chocolate shoe. A highlight for those with a sweet tooth. You can mould shoes in chocolate all night long, and take them with you to indulge in later. Call by and sweeten your Museums Night. 

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

For shoe masters. Play, score and win. A shoe table-top football game and various interactive shoe games guarantee plenty of excitement and lots of fun. Play the night away.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Flip-flop workshop. Together with the famous shoe designers Kobi Levi from Israel, Aki Choklat from Finland and Stuart Thom from Italy, you can create your own personalised flip-flops and take them home. Classical, eccentric, understated, colourful, glamorous, decorative or stylish. Whatever your heart desires. Everything you need is provided by the museum free of charge: glitter, sequins, beads and feathers – and of course, also pairs of flip-flops in two sizes and colours.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Don’t forget: If you’re feeling famished or just a little peckish, fine Italian specialities and other delicacies are waiting for you at Ristorante La Sosta. Treat yourself to a break from culture and plan a culinary intermezzo with us.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle)
Museum, shop and restaurant
Opening hours during the Museum Night 16th January 2015: 18.00 until 2.00
Steinenvorstadt 1
CH-4051 Basel

Friday, January 09, 2015 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2015' in Vienna on April 25 as part of the Viennese Shoemaker’s Ball 2015. 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 3 2015. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 31 2015.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2015
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2015

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2015 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 3, 2015 (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 31 2015 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria) with a description of the ‘Crazy Shoe’ (idea description, materials used, labor intensity) and, if possible, with photos of the working steps. (jpg file, please save the photos on a USB stick, if possible). The images are shown at the Vienna Shoemaker’s Ball 2015 in a digital photo frame for the visitors vote. Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and jury
The first evaluation of the submissions will be carried out on April 7 2015 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 25, 2015 as part of the Shoemaker's Ball 2015, in the Colosseum XXI. The final round will be conducted by the visitors and 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 3 places will be made by the visitor votes and the jury votes 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 on April 8 2015 by e-mail, that she/he is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via e-mail or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than April 13 2015. 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 25, 2015 or send a representative. If the nominee or her/his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe will be removed from the competition.

Presentation of participation piece
The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 25 2015 her/himself or she/he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes. The practice is at 17:00, the final round begins at 24:00 on April 25 2015 in the Colosseum XXI.

Prizes
As part of the Shoemaker's Ball 2015, on April 25 2014 in the Colosseum XXI 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 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and we will be sent back in end-April 2016 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the Shoemaker's Ball on April 25 2014 (recommended arrival on Friday April 24/departure on Sunday April 26 2015). Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of other persons attending the Shoemaker's Ball 2015 are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form how many people you will attend.

The program:
Friday April 24 2015
• Meeting point by at 15.00 clock in the reception of the commercial building, Rudolf-Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.
• Tour of the Vienna Shoe Museum with a champagne reception and refreshments and possibly a press conference.
• Heuriger evening (dinner at a Viennese restaurant in wine country).

Saturday April 25 2015
• Shoemaker's Ball 2015 in Vienna in the Colosseum XXI, Wien 21, Sebastian-Kohl-G. 3-9/21.

Download your registration form here

Photo: Audrey, Carnivore shoe by Lisa Brumbauer, winner of the Crazy Shoe Award 2014.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - I would like to wish all shoe designers and shoe lovers a very happy and inspiring New Year! 2014 has been a shoe roller coaster with various exhibitions and various other shoe projects (Shoe Shows in the Middle East, photo research for a new series of Workman NY shoe calendars, judging shoe design students) and I have met so many passionate designers and shoe lovers!
Happy Shoe Year!
Happy Shoe Year!

I want to thank the museums and publishers for their co-operation and all designers and artists who worked with me for sharing their beautiful shoes with me to be able to create these exhibitions. I will sure keep you posted on my future shoe projects and new fabulous shoe designers at our website.

2014 Shoe exhibitions curated from the Virtual Shoe Museum collection:

Auf Schritt und Tritt - At Every Turn, Shoes in Art and Design
Museum Villa Rot in Burgrieden-Ulm, Germany
27.10.2013 - 02.16.2014

Berlin’s 1st International Shoe Museum
What About Shoes shoe fair, Berlin, Germany
22.02.2014 - 24.02.2014

Na Yopánky
In collaboration with the Czech Bata Shoe Museum
AuPark, Bratislava, Kosice and Žilina, Slovakia
19.02.2014 - 2.03.2010 / 4.03.2014 – 20.03.2014 / 29.09.2014 – 19.10.2014

SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
KUNST HAUS WIEN, Vienna, Austria
8.06.2014 - 5.10.2014

Shoe Show for CELS Kuwait City, Kuwait
30.10.2014 till 13-11.2014

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Contributions to exhibitions in 2014:
Shoemania (shoe video's) - Centrum Chodov Prague, Czech republic
1.6.2014 till 30-6.2014

Schuhe!
Museum Auberlehaus, Trossingen, Germany
4.10.2014 - 31.01.2015

Architectural shoes for
Vogue Fashion Night at Shoe Level Distict, Dubai, VER
28.10.2014 – 10.11.2014

Miami
The Art of Fashion Show by Artsy Productions during Art Basel Miami, USA
4.12.2014 – 7.12.2014

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Photo research for Workman shoe calendars 2016 and NY magazine

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Jury
Clarks Shoe Design Award 25.1.2014
Dutch Shoe Academy Industrial Footwear Design 12.4.2014

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New series of X-mas 'Col-lec-tion' cards with photographer Charlotte Visser.

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2015 Current and planned shoe exhibitions curated from the Virtual Shoe Museum collection:

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, Switserland
In collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery in England
Die Geschichte unter den Füssen - 3000 Jahre Schuhe - History under you feet – 3000 years of shoes. Including a toy shoes project with the Dutch Shoe Academy, Utrecht, NL
18.10.2014 – 6.04.2015

Shoe Show for CELS
Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi
9.1.2015 till 21-1 2015

Shoes in Senses
Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt
25.6.2014 - 11.10.2015

Photo's: 'Col-lec-tion' Star and Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel.

Friday, December 12, 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.

Admission.
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.

Friday, November 21, 2014 - From Friday 28 till Sunday 30 November 2014, the sixth edition of Meesterlijk will take place in Amsterdam, at the Westergasfabriek. This is the event where product designers, fashion designers, food designers and artisans share their passion for design and craftsmanship with the public. In this edition Makerszoon by René van den Berg and the Dutch Shoe Academy also will be present.
Shoes at Meesterlijk 2014
Shoes at Meesterlijk 2014

Makerszoon (son of the maker) is René van den Berg's brandname for his durable men shoes collection. With Makerszoon he continues the shoemaking tradition of his family, a tradition of four generations, dating back to 1902.

Quirky, sturdy shoes with as their main features, high comfort and low impact on the environment. With a solid background as an orthopedic shoe-maker he started his custom-made shoe workshop in 1992. In this he combines his creativity and design skills with extensive knowledge of the foot, shoe-making, materials and techniques. René has a very successful career by manufacturing the most extreme shoes for fashion designers such as Thierry Mugler, JANTAMINIAU, Ilja Visser, Anouk Wipprecht and Leanie van der Vyver. His shoes are also worn by famous performers such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Pea Fergie.

Makerszoon collection
Consists of three models: Oak (Oxford/Rijg Molière) Ash (Derby/Derby Molière) and Beech (Derby/Derby Molière) in seven sizes. In addition to standard sizes and designs Makerszoon offers you the possibility (at extra costs) to specify your ideas. The price of these handmade shoes start at € 395.00. These shoes are not available through stores. If you wish to purchase a pair of these shoes, you are welcome to welcome in the studio to try the right size, please call for an by appointment first. The delivery of those shoes would be about two weeks. For more information about the extensive possibilities, please feel free to contact Makerszoon.

In addition to Makerszoon René also founded 'A shoe can be', to create striking sculptures and exclusive footwear with his business partner Karin Janssen and René teaches shoe making at the Dutch Shoe Academy in Utrecht.

The Dutch Shoe Academy will also presents its students work at Meesterlijk. At the request of Uniquole/Meesterlijk the students investigated the details of historical prints for their school program. The students used details from the prints as inspiration for their handmade shoes and the objects are produced only in one color 'Ivory'.

Meesterlijk
This november 2014 the sixth edition of Meesterlijk will take place. This is the event where product designers, fashion designers, food designers and artisans share their passion for design and craftsmanship with the public. During 3 days established Masters will stand alongside talented novices at one of the most stunning and inspiring venues of Amsterdam: the Westergasfabriek.

3 days - 3 venues
Where can you buy objects directly from the product designers, fashion designers and artisans themselves? Where can you still find the pure passion for the creation process? At Meesterlijk, the contemporary event for design and craftsmanship. Your ticket offers access to all these venues.

There are unique products for sale, like furniture, glass and crystal objects of use, wooden, metal and ceramic objects and of course wearable items such as tailor made shirts, shoes (for both men and women), hats, bags, jewellery and other accessories.

Meesterlijk - design and crafts
28 -30 November 2015, 12.00 - 18.00
Westergasfabriek, Polonceaukade 2 (De Bakkerswinkel entrance)
Amsterdam 1014 DA
The Netherlands

More info and tickets at Meesterlijk.

Black and white photography by Esther van der Wallen.