Monday, March 05, 2018 - TeNeues published a new book called 'It's All About Shoes' by British photographer Suzanne Middlemass. A variety of exciting and inspiring street style images with a 'sole' focus on shoes! A must have for or students of footwear fashion, cultural anthropology, fans and admirers of innovative street style fashion, or anyone looking for creative personal style inspiration.
It's All About Shoes
It's All About Shoes

About the Book
Shoes are a staple in every person's wardrobe, but depending on the wearer, they can transform from basic functionality to a unique and compelling fashion accessory that can 'make or break' an outfit as a distinct expression of personal style. From vintage and quirky, to edgy and Goth, and sleek and high-end,' It's All About Shoes' shows an eclectic mix of what fashion-forward mavens choose to put on their feet each morning to make a statement on the everyday runway of city streets.

In an increasingly globalized and homogenized culture, it is these daring individuals, whether devoted followers of fashion or completely devoid of trend, that street style photographer Suzanne Middlemass has captured for their bold, beautiful, strange, yet always interesting choices in footwear that make them truly stand out.
Shoe street style represented by the major fashion capitals of the world: Paris, Milan, New York, London, Berlin and Copenhagen.

About the Author
Suzanne Middlemass is a British photographer living in London. She has been commissioned by such publications as British Vogue, Elle UK, Elle Italy, Elle Taiwan, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Company Magazine, Cosmo On Campus, GQ USA. She works for clients: Elle Uk, LOOK!, Womens Health, GQ USA, Furla, Havaianas Shoes, Hearst Publishing, Glamour UK, Grazia UK and Vogue UK. Her passion for fashion, photography, and travel has taken her across Europe and the U.S. to the most influential Fashion Weeks in the world.

Follow @suzannemiddlemass on Instagram.

Published by TeNeues
Europe: March 2017
Overseas: April 2017
Book size: 19,4 x 24 cm
Hardcover: 256 pp.
Photographs: 300 color
Text in English and French
Price: € 29,90, $ 45, £ 29.95
ISBN: 9783832769048

Photo © 2017 Suzanne Middlemass

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - An exhibition of shoes in Art and Design at Schloss Lichtenwalde, near Chemniz in Germany. On show from May 25 2017 extended till February 25 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 - extended
HIGH HEELS, Die hohe Kunst der Schuhe - extended

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.

• 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 High heels get a free sparkling drink!

Castle/Schloss Lichtenwalde
Schlossallee 1
09577 Niederwiesa

Castle/Schloss: Tuesday till Sunday.
November - March: 10:00 –17:00

Photo: Love is a Bitch 2 by Joyce de Gruiter, photo by Bas Duijs.

Monday, January 01, 2018 - 2017 has been a busy and very successful year. With judging at design schools in The Netherlands and Belgium, working on a new set of Workman Publishers New York shoe calendars and 4 shoe exhibitions in Schloss Lichtenwalde in Germany, Műcsarnok Budapest in Hungary, College for Creative Studies Detroit in USA and Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Rokin75 in Amsterdam with a first 'No More Shoes' publication.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

Big thank you!
I want to thank all artists and designers who have send/lend me their fabulous shoe designs digitally for the online collection or in real exhibitions. And I want to thank Brigitte Woischnik, Joyce de Gruiter, Aki Choklat and Amber Ambrose Aurèle for being my inspiring shoe buddy's and exhibition partners. Charlotte Visser for her photograph and being my Col-lec-tion partner and of course my MultiMediaMan Taco Zwaanswijk, without you I could not have done this journey.

On this website and my social media I will for sure keep you posted on my new plans!

I wish you all a very Happy and Creative New Year!
Liza Snook

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Shoetopia! The first exhibition of its kind in North America to gather contemporary footwear, art, video and related designs into one space, is curated by Liza Snook, founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum and Aki Choklat, Chair of Fashion Accessories Design at CCS. The exhibition looks at shoe design through the lens of seven themes: Metropolis, Ritual, Utopia, Feast, Nocturnal, Techno and Eco. On show from November 3rd till december 16th 2017 at the Valade Family Gallery, Detroit, USA.
Shoetopia CCS Detroit
Shoetopia CCS Detroit

Shoetopia features an array of objects, from footwear by international designers like Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela and architect Zaha Hadid, to sculpture, painting and works by artists and designers like Willie Cole, Chris Francis, Fantich & Young, Kobi Levi, Peter Popps and Frederico Uribe.

This exhibition is sponsored by Lisa Applebaum, Nicole Eisenberg, Lynn Gandhi, Danialle Karmanos, The Vivian Pickard Shoe Collection, Sandra Seligman, Julia Reyes Taubman and Molly Valade.

Exhibitions in the Valade Family Gallery are produced by the College for Creative Studies’ Office of Exhibitions & Public Programs and are supported, in part, by Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Kresge Foundation and the Friends of CCS Galleries. Valade Family Gallery, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, College for Creative Studies, 460 W. Baltimore, Detroit, MI 48202. Free parking available in the CCS Parking Structure located on Baltimore between Cass and Second. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. Like CCS Exhibitions & Public Programs on Facebook: and CCS Exhibitions on Instagram: to stay informed about all the exhibitions, lectures and special events throughout the year.

The Future of Footwear - Panel discussion:
Thursday, November 2 2017
6 P.M.
GM Auditorium, A. Alfred Taubman Center
for Design Education, CCS
The Toyota Lecture Series and the Woodward Lecture Series

Shoetopia - Opening reception
Friday, November 3 2017
6 to 8 P.M.

Shoetopia / Valade Family Gallery
Located on the first floor of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, presents exhibitions for and with students, faculty, CCS alumni and the community of Detroit on topics relevant to contemporary art and design practice today. Its focus is to establish educational linkages between the College and the community, and to provide a space for exhibitions that advance and support the academic departments of CCS.

460 W. Baltimore, Detroit, MI 48202

Gallery hours
Wednesday - Saturday 12 to 5 P.M.

Free parking available in the CCS Parking Structure located on Baltimore between Cass and Second.

College for Creative Studies

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - For this exhibition, we bring a little shoe magic to Budapest. "I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane." Liza Snook and Joyce de Gruiter have selected artists and designers from various countries with all their own view on shoes. On show at the Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle in Budapest from 15 September till 22 October 2017.
Cipő Mágia/Shoe Magic. Experimental Shoes in Art and Design
Cipő Mágia/Shoe Magic. Experimental Shoes in Art and Design

In addition to purely protective and fashion function shoes equally carry identity, group membership or personality of the wearer. But they also hold a good creative potential. In the hands of designers the fashionable everyday object turns into a spectacular and unique autonomous sculpture or a limited edition.

Shoe designs has changed in the last years, especially now industrial designers, architects and artist are also drawn into shoes. One approaches the shoe material research and technique, the other from construction or expression. Is it a shoe when you can actually walk on them or is it a shoe when your feet fits in? Do we still need leather as material in 10 years? Can we print our shoes during breakfast in 5 years?

This show presents conceptual and layered work that makes you look twice, because there are much more things going on than a pair of wearable shoes.

This way we want to share our passion for shoes with a little crazy in mind.

Liza Snook
curator, founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum

Joyce de Gruiter
artist, co-curator

Exhibiting artists
Charlotte van ALEM (NL) Thomas BATA University: Frederika MOTÚZOVÁ, Jana GARZINOVÁ, Barbora PONÍŽILOVÁ (CZ), René van den BERG (NL), Lotte de BOER (NL), Jo COPE (UK), Erik COX (NL), Joyce de GRUITER (NL), Zaha HADID (IQ-UK) Carolin HOLZHUBER (A), Jan JANSEN (NL), Karin JANSSEN (NL), Júlia KÁLDY (HU), Kei KAGAMI (J), ONA B. (A), Laura PAPP (HU), Dóra Ivonn PAULOVICS (HU), Ike van der PLAS (NL), Peter POPPS (NL), Elisabeth THORSEN (N), Enikő TÓTH-KERN (HU), Anna VASOF (GR), Ap VERHEGGEN (NL)

Hungary, Budapest
H-1146 Dózsa György út 37. (Hősök tere)
+36 1 460 7000


Műcsarnok opening hours
10 AM - 6 PM daily,
12 AM - 8 PM on Thursday
Closed on Monday

Shoe sculpture 'Walk on a field of flowers by' Joyce de Gruiter.

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