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.
© fotoweinwurm

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - People wear feathers to make an impression. They have done so all over the world for centuries. The greatest couturiers use them, they are worn by royalty all round the world and they have given many indigenous peoples – from Papua New Guinea to North America – iconic status. Fashion lovers will delight at the feathered creations of leading couturiers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler. On display at Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden, NL from October 14 2016 till March 5 2017.
A World of Feathers
A World of Feathers

Feathers are dazzling, they are distinctive and yet they also connect; they are seductive, exclusive and stylish. The museum’s most beautiful feather objects are now on display to the public for the first time.

Feather shoes by Aki Choklat
The Virtual Shoe Museum loaned a pair of feather brogues designed by Finnish designer Aki Choklat, from his spring/summer 2013 collection design. In the exhibition they are in a fantastic setting in the very good company of fabulous dresses, designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Yiqing Yin, Pierre Antoine Vettorello and Fong Leng. Material of the shoes: Calf upper, dyed duck feathers, goat lining, leather sole and heel.

ArtEZ Fashion Design
In addition to the works of the aforementioned top couturiers, the next generation of fashion designers from ArtEZ in Arnhem (Fashion Design, a component of the faculty Art & Design at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem) gave their interpretation on the feathers theme. The museum team asked the students not to use real feathers, but to mimic the effect of feathers by using shapes, materials and textures. This has resulted in a spectacular new perspective on feathers in fashion. A selection of the designs of these students are included in the exhibition.

Exhibition 'A World of Feathers

Museum Volkenkunde
October 14 2016 till March 5 2017
Location: Steenstraat 1, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00

Afrika Museum
Exhibition on show: May 11 till September 25 2017
Location: Postweg 6, 6571 CS Berg en Dal, The Netherlands.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00

More info at Museum Volkenkunde.

© Aki Choklat, photo by Ruggero Mengoni.

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

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