Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Overview of the past 10 years of shoe design students work from SASK, the Academy of Fine Arts in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. On show from 6.2.2015 till 30.4.2015. This shoe design course, led by Anne Poesen and Patrick Creemers, has manifested itself for many years as a professional and inspiring department looking far beyond the borders of Sint-Niklaas.
Shoe exhibition - Shoes Selection #10
Shoe exhibition - Shoes Selection #10

What makes this program so special is that it is part-time education. Students who work or study during the day choose not to follow every week ten hours of intensive classes during evenings and weekends. Motivation is their motive, for some people the childhood that they can finally realize. It requires a great effort and just who is passionate takes the finish line. Because the program sets the bar high academic high. Focus is on the design, structure, craft, form study, graphics and analysis of historical and ethnic shoes.

Personal vision and authenticity are encouraged from the first year. That it is a highly professional training with an equally passionate teaching team prove exhibitions where students participate, jobs in the footwear sector and the prices have already achieved several students.
From anyone can sign up to the age of eighteen.

The show is the culmination of an academic year and gives students a platform from the first year to show their vision and creativity. That come to see 1200 people every year and not just family and insiders, is the best form of appreciation for this department and its students. That climax is celebrated this year on May 28, 2016 in 't Bauhuis Sint Niklaas.

The exhibition shows a selection of some 90 designs by students of the past 10 years. In addition, pictures of some shoots are shown with designs from students, as well as the film of the year-end show in 2015.

SASK graduates who are now active in the footwear industry
Lies Sockeel works as a shoe designer of men's shoes at the Paris fashion house Balenciaga.

Katrien Herdewyn launched her own shoe brand 'Elegnano' and was recently awarded by Unizo 'Starter of the Year'.

Kris Van Walleghem launched his own shoe brand 'Muso'.

Sam Reychler works as a shoe designer for the Italian shoe brand Roberto Del Carlo.
Roberto del Carlo

Noura Mokhtar works as a shoe designer in London for Eskka Shoes.
Essa Shoes

Jozefien Vandermarliere worked as a star pattern maker at Ambiorix and develops the shoe collections by Tim Van Steenbergen.
Tim van Steenbergen

Several students, including Elisabeth Claes, did an internship at Ellen Verbeek.
Ellen Verbeek

Bieke Bettens worked as a shoe designer Rachel Comey in New York.
Rachel Comey

Bruno Tansens received much national and international attention with his graduation collection.
Winner of the Hulstaert laureate legacy 2015.

Practical information about the shoe design course at SASK
4 years Bachelors Degree.
Ten hours per week.
From age 18 years.

Anne Poesen (lecturer)
Patrick Creemers (teaching materials)

Higher grade 1
Tuesday, 18:00h - 22:30h
Saturday: alternately
Week 1: 9:00h - 12:30h
Week 2: 9:00h - 12:30h and 13:30h - 17:00h*
* Including 4 hours of materials (including leather) by Patrick Creemers

Higher grade 2, 3 and 4
Monday: 18: 00h - 22: 30h
Saturday: alternately
Week 1: 9:00h - 12:30h
Week 2: 9:00h - 12:30h and 13:30h - 17:00h*
* Including 4 hours of materials (including leather) by Patrick Creemers

Registration for the training starts at the open days on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26th of June 2016 (each from 14h-18h).

Academy of Fine Arts
A. Boonhemstraat 1
9100 Sint-Niklaas
T +32 (0) 3780 36 70
F + 32 (0) 3776 34 53
e-mail academie sint-niklaas
Academie Sint-Niklaas

Anne Poesen
T + 32 (0) 486 71 46 77
e-mail Anne Poesen

Shoes Or No Shoes
Shoes Selection #10
From 6.2.2015 till 30.4.2015
Vandevoordeweg 2
Kruishoutem (Belgium)
Shoes Or No Shoes

Open on tuesday, thursday and saturday from 13.30 till 17.30.
Closed on public holidays.

Exhibition is sponsored by Cortina Group

Photo: 'RGB' shoe collection 2015 by Bruno Jansens.

Monday, December 21, 2015 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2016' in Vienna on April 28. 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 1 2016. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 10 2016.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2016
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2016

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2016 Vienna: conditions for participation:

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.

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'.

The registration form must be received until February 1 2016 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs

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 10 2016 (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 on March 15, 2016 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 28, 2016 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 on March 16, 2016 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 24, 2016. 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 28, 2016 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 28, 2016 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 16, 2016 about the beginning of the practice.

As part of the ceremony, on April 28 2016 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 28, 2016 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 28, 2016
Ceremony 'Award for the Crazy Shoe 2016 Vienna'

Download your registration form here

The winners 2015 are Kirsten Sandvoss 'Käseschuhe' and Heinz Müller 'Alice.
© Verein zur Förderung d. Schuhmacherhandwerks/APA-Fotoservice/Preiss

Friday, November 20, 2015 - The Finnish Institute in London is delighted to host the FINSK’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition, from 12 November to 15 December 2015, at the Institute in King’s Cross. FINSK will showcase its designs on purpose-built installations by Royal College of Art architecture graduates Henry Beech Mole and James Smith from Smith & Beech Mole.
FINSK 10th Anniversary Exhibition
FINSK 10th Anniversary Exhibition

FINSK is the London based label of Finnish shoe designer Julia Lundsten, launched in 2005. Julia is an alumni of the Royal College of Art, where she won the prestigious Manolo Blahnik Award two years consecutively. 'Exquisite', 'divine' and 'perfect' were just some of the superlatives used by Blahnik to describe Lundsten’s shoes.

The FINSK aesthetic comprises contrasting leathers with sculptural wooden heels, Julia has been described as ‘The Eames of footwear’ drawing inspiration from furniture and architecture design.

To commemorate the anniversary FINSK has returned to the archive to create a retrospective of iconic styles from over the years. FINSK is often celebrated for the more elaborate and boundary breaking ‘PROJECT’ shoes, experiments made purely to test something or push an idea to its limits.

The popularity of these designs among journalists and buyers alike has ensured their iconic status as part of the FINSK brand identity. Alongside the PROJECT shoes a staple for FINSK has been the mid heel range, beautifully designed and comfortable shoes for the modern woman.

Lundsten explains: 'I often think of shoes as ‘mini-buildings’ for the feet. There is a lot of engineering and detail similar to that in architecture, so I think it’s quite natural that shoe designers look at architecture for inspiration and architects are intrigued by shoes and want to have a go. Shoes have their own architecture and engineering, though, so it’s not always as easy without actual experience in designing and producing shoes.'

Aesthetically FINSK embodies specific design principles. Contrast in design is an important factor, such as a very polished, finished surface of a heel combined with a more rustic natural leather upper. Another juxtaposition is the contrast of busy London life compared to the very quiet, calm Finnish landscapes and a much slower pace of life.

The main concept of FINSK is to work with traditional, natural materials, such as wood and leather, but use them in a very modern way. Julia Lundsten seeks to continually evolve a label with dynamic longevity that is renowned for its architectural design balancing playful femininity with a sense of daily indulgence, and effortless style.

The exhibition is supported by Nordic Bakery and Smith & Beech Mole.

Finnish Institute
London, Unit 1, 3 York Way, London N1C 4AE, UK

12 November - 15 December 2015

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 10am - 5p.

More FINSKshoes at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Monday, November 09, 2015 - From Friday November 27th till Sunday 29th Meesterlijk will take place in Amsterdam at the Westergasfabriek. During this edition of Meesterlijk you will find various shoe designers, artists and makers. They will share their passion for shoes and show their crafts of shoemaking and leatherwork.
Various shoes at Meesterlijk
Various shoes at Meesterlijk

The centre of expertise for leather and shoe design in the Netherlands. The place where you can embrace the crafts of shoemaker and leatherwork in its full spectrum. The strength lies in the high level of expert knowledge of shoe techniques, leatherwork, and anatomy, fit and shoe design. Both the traditional craft as innovative techniques with the most modern machines are addressed in this practice orientated education. The course knows a unique connection between the shoe industry and meets the demand for craftsmen in the business. Professional lecturers convey their expertise and passion to the talented and creative designers of the future. This ensures that the Netherlands in the future can continue to deliver the design talents needed and we remain proud of Dutch crafts.

By Swart & Rademaker
Liesel Swart and Dorien Rademaker are two passionate artisan shoemakers. Professional women who are always looking for new applications and not for the obvious materials. Their collaboration has now resulted in the LEV'01. A robust timeless boot from high quality 100% wool and vegetable tanned leather. The felt shaft provides warmth, is firm and strong and naturally repels moisture and dirt. Finnish expertise in the production of the felt is responsible for snug warm feet up to - 20 degrees. Simplicity and elegance combined with quality and comfort.

René van den Berg creates shoes for many couturiers. At Meesterlijk he presents his own quirky cool men’s collection. Distinguished by absolute comfort, low environmental impact and handmade in a private atelier. Made from organically tanned leather and durable rubber. There are three models available, with or without a heel, ranging from a basic execution to tailor made colour schemes. Come and try them on at Meesterlijk.

Alexander Khorikian is a gifted shoe designer. Trained at the Dutch Shoe Academy he runs his own label. His latest collection 'LUSCIOUS' is indeed enchanting, desirable, daring and stunningly beautiful. But above all: distinguished! Perfectly tailor made for the self assured, stylish woman who dares to wear. Contrasting materials, dramatising lines and ornaments based on nature’s elegant shapes. He works in an artisan and personal fashion. Based on your good taste, style and wishes he designs several models that resonate your personality. Tailor made lasts ensure a perfect fit. You can be part of the artisan production process that follows. The result: a unique pair of shoes that compliment the wearer on her excellent taste.

Kelderman is a designer who has fully mastered the craft of sculpturing. This has led to the creation of a momentous series of stone shoes in alabaster, opal and serpentine, with detailing in wood, copper and aluminium. The series has been internationally presented in the Virtual Shoe Museum. It can now be viewed live on show at Meesterlijk.

Joaney Korevaar is a Dutch designer of sophisticated shoes and bags. Her collection is characterised by the combination of simplicity, big statements, the use of colour and highly detailed execution. The novel, unexpected shapes are designed and handcrafted in her own atelier. During Meesterlijk she presents the Pump-ups to embrace your perfect pumps. You can order these tailor-made after your desired specifications. Find these and a bag to match at the Meesterlijk presentation.

Ike is a second year student “creative craftsman” at the HMC Amsterdam specialising in shoes. An enterprising student who couldn’t wait to get started. He invested in various machines and apparatus and set up his own business. He is fascinated by leather. Exotic leather in particular, such as python, anaconda, crocodile, lizard, ostrich, stingray, salmon, river snake and eel. Ike has not finished learning and his craft develops every day. His shoes, bags, bracelets, belts and wallets are manually produced and can be ordered tailor made to the customer’s wishes. A master in the making. Visit this enthusiastic young craftsman / entrepreneur and discuss your options.

Pepa van Asperen designs fashion accessories and is known for her unexpected use of remnants that are artfully crafted into exclusive and original products. In her own atelier based in the Rotterdam harbour tailor made hats, bags and socks are produced from eco-friendly materials. Felt hats from high quality blankets in Art Deco style and gaiters for various occasions to be worn over high heels and pumps. The collections are everlasting, yet continuously innovative: slow fashion in top form.

Meesterlijk - design and crafts
27 -29 November 2015, 12.00 - 18.00
Westergasfabriek, Polonceaukade 2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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 (10 euro) 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.

For more information Meesterlijk

Sunday, November 01, 2015 - During the Shoe Crush month, during November 2015, an artistic exhibition from unique and innovative shoes curated by the Virtual Shoe Museum in cooperation with CELS Events are on display at the BurJuman Mall in Dubai.
Shoe Crush at the BurJuman Mall in Dubai
Shoe Crush at the BurJuman Mall in Dubai

The exhibition hosts sixty pairs of unique and bizarre shoes that were inspired by nature, iconic architecture, fine art and fashion trends. These pieces of art are designed by notorious designers and students from all over the world, known for their creativity and bold stance, due to the fact that they enjoyed expertise in different creative streams such as fashion design, engineering, fine art and others.

The exhibition embeds the innovative concept of shoes craftsmanship by shedding the light on the artistic dimension of this industry, away from its consumption nature. It also represents a unique opportunity for footwear fans to take a sneak peek on a wide range of non- traditional shoes that attracts those who appreciate distinction.

The heart of the collection is the design of the shoe in its purest form: no matter whether it is wearable, but is essential that stimulates imagination and in all this, a good dose of humor is helpful.

BurJuman Mall
Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For more information BurJuman Mall

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