Friday, April 10, 2015 - This spring, Wednesday Whiskey, the young label in men’s shoes by Dutch entrepreneur Marijn Verschure, is launching a very special project. Several artists, from different origines, were invited to apply their significant signature on a pair of Wednesday Whiskey shoes. As a result the eye-catching works of art will be on display in a small exhibition from 2 April till 7 June 2015 at the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk, the Netherlands.
Wednesday Whiskey x The Artists
Wednesday Whiskey x The Artists

Exclusive collaboration between and a Dutch shoe brand and various artists.

Unique pieces of art
Marijn Verschure, who is both founder and owner of Wednesday Whiskey, came up with the idea for the art project together with his friend Pablo Lücker during an international fair. Besides Lücker, he found the American graffiti artist Kool Koor, the Dutch cartoonist Luc Verschuuren and several others, willing to make a contribution to this project. After the exhibition in the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum, the project will be shown on several fairs and events as well.

The Wednesday Whiskey’ grafic art shoes have been combined with regular art pieces supplied by the artists themselves. Also on display is the shoe label’s rapid evolution into a full-fledged brand according, made visible by showing both early samples and current styles.

Wednesday Whiskey is a Dutch Shoe Brand established in 2013. Its philosophy stands for enthusiasm for unrestrained simplicity. The Wednesday Whiskey collections are produced with lots of care in a small factory, just outside of Porto, Portugal. At the moment the collection is available in 50 stores as well as online.

For more information Wednesday Whiskey

The exhibition of Wednesday Whiskey at the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum can be visited during regular opening hours. In the weekend of 18 and 19 April, visiting the museum is free of charge.

Wednesday Whiskey x The Artists
2 April - 7 June 2015
Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum
Elzenweg 25, Waalwijk, the Netherlands

For more information Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum'

Shoes painted by artist Pablo Lucker.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - An event that brings together fashion, art and education, organised by the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design since 2010. Promotion of young artists, promoting Cracow as one of the fashion capitals and showing fashion as one of the visual arts are the main goals of the event. Shoe designer Amber Ambrose Aurèle and Liza Snook (Virtual Shoe Museum) will take place in the fashion award design jury.
Cracow Fashion Week 21-29 March
Cracow Fashion Week 21-29 March

Widely promoted by media the event gathers thousands of public for fashion shows,exhibitions, lectures, workshops and conferences. Cracow Fashion Awards Premiers a diploma show of Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design opens the event on the 21st of March and will be held in The Museum of Municipal Engineering.

Cracow Fashion Awards Gala in ICE Krakow – Congress Centre is opened for public and a limited number of tickets is available in InfoKraków Centres: ul. św. Jana 2 and InfoKraków Wyspiański Pavilion, pl.Wszystkich Świętych 2. Collections from Poland, England, France, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania will be presented during the show.

Exhibitions and events:
“FOCUS ON FASHION” – the international juried exhibition of fashion photography,
Museum of Municipal Engineering, address: ul. św. Wawrzyńca 15,
Exhibition will run from 12th March till 7th April 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 24th March 2015 at 7:00 pm.

“WILD IMAGINATION” – the international exhibition of fashion illustration,
Jewish Community Centre of Krakow, address: ul.Miodowa 24
Exhibition will run from 03 till 31 March 2015
The official closing of the exhibition will take place on 25th March 2015 at 6:00 pm.

“STEP BY STEP” – the international exhibition of shoe design,
Museum of Municipal Engineering, address: ul. św. Wawrzyńca 15,
Exhibition will run from 12th March till 7th April 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 24th March 2015 at 7:00 pm.

“WHAT’S UP” – photos of collections of Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design graduates,
Pauza in Garden, address: ul.Rajska 12
Exhibition will run from 4th till 30th March 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 26th March 2015 at 4:00 pm

“MORE AND MORE” – the exhibition of graduates’ paintings, photos and drawings
Cracow Shool of Art and Fashion Design, address: ul.Zamoyskiego 52
Exhibition will run from 9 March till 31st May 2015

“Fashion & Fantasy” – Exhibition of paper designs by students of Cracow School of Art
and Fashion Design
Galeria Kazimierz, address: ul. Podgórska 34, level 0
Exhibition will run from 18th March till 29th March 2015
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on 23st March 2015 at 1:00 pm

Guests of our event: Amber Ambrose Aurèle (Shoe Designer), Jerzy Antkowiak, Wojciech Bednarz (Vistula), Joanna Błażejowska-Pecorari (ASKA Paryż), Marcin Dąbrowski (stylista gwiazd i bloger Mr Dynamo), Hanna Gajos (Fashionweare, Rynek Mody), Wojciech Grzybała (Gala) IMA MAD, Joanna Hawrot (projektantka mody), Anna Jatczak (projektant mody), lIona Kanclerz (Modny Śląsk), Magda Korcz (Hush Warsaw), Ewa Kowalewska-Kondrat (krytyk mody, Harelblog.pl), Olka Kaźmierczak (Fashion PRGirl), Ewa Kosz (Ultra), Tobiasz Kujawa (krytyk mody, freestylevoguing.com), Bianca Cimiotta Lami (Akademia Mody Koefia, Rzym), Agata Mayer (Fashion Culture Magazine), Krystyna Mazurówna, Maria Mrowca (Mrovca Fashion Design), Carol Morgan (Central St. Martins, Wielka Brytania), Monika Onoszko (onoMono Design), Jerzy Osika (Promedia), Karolina Pięch (Balenciaga), Anna Pięta (HUSH Warsaw), Anna Pirowska (DRESSAP), Lidia Popiel (Finelife.pl), Liza Snook (Virtual Shoe Museum), Małgorzata Sobiczewska (est by eS.), Iga Szuchiewicz (Malgrau), Anka Letycja Walicka (projektantka mody), Daniel Wieleba, Dorota Wróblewska (Sophisti Group), Connie Viever (TECO), Michał Zaczyński (krytyk mody, michalzaczynski.com), Aneta Zielińska (projektantka mody).

EXCIDIUM by Chris van den Elzen, on show a the “STEP BY STEP” exhibition, photo Charlotte Visser.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - The shoe exhibition 'Shoe Treasures - Roger Vivier' will be hosted by the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk from 21 February 2015 till 28 June 2015. 'Christian Dior – Shoes created by Roger Vivier', these words have been written in lots of shoes by the legendary House of Dior.
Shoe treasures - Roger Vivier
Shoe treasures - Roger Vivier

The creator of the New Look, however, would never have allowed anyone other than an equally legendary shoe designer to put their signature next to his. A clearer proof of the great esteem in which Christian Dior held Roger Vivier is hard to find.

Sculptural style
Vivier started his career in the shoe business during his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, when he accepted a job in a shoe factory owned by a relative of his. Within a few years he had learned every trick of the trade. His studies in sculpting, which came in handy during the rest of his career, explain the characteristic, sculptural style of most of his shoe designs.

Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot
Gravity was never much of an obstacle to Vivier, who laid particular emphasis on heels. He has been cited as the inventor of the stiletto heel but surely he is responsible for the Comma heel and Shock heel. In the mid-1960s, he also blew new life into existing shoe types. With this shoe types he made actresses like Catherine Deneuve (Belle de Jour-buckle shoes, based on the Pilgrim Buckle shoe) and Brigitte Bardot (Harley-Davidson thigh-length boots also called cuissardes) almost immortal.

I. Miller and Delman
Starting from the 1930s, Vivier caused a real revolution on the North American shoe market as a designer for the leading New York-based manufacturers I. (Israel ) Miller and Delman. All Vivier's creations in those years were commissioned by Laboremus, a subsidiary of the German Heyl'sche Lederwerke leather factory in Worms-Liebenau. At that time Laboremus’ headquarters was located on the Place Vendôme in Paris, just a few steps away from the famous Ritz Hotel.

Hidden treasure
Until recently, hardly any research had been done into Vivier’s creations from the period before working with Christian Dior. Thanks to an observant member of the staff in the German Leather Museum in Offenbach, which houses the German Shoe Museum in one of its wings, a hidden treasure was found in the museum collection: 40 prototypes from the master himself, dating back to the 1930s.

These models represent the beating heart of the Shoe Treasures - Roger Vivier exhibition that will be hosted by the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum from 21 February 2015. The long-lasting friendship with the German Leather Museum allows us to bring the exhibition to Waalwijk. In Germany, both the public and national and international press showed huge interest in the work of the French designer. Reason enough for the German exhibition, with the name 'Schuhwerke – Roger Vivier', to be extended no less than twice.

Marlene Dietrich’s shoes
In this exhibition, the Laboremus designs will be complemented with unique shoes by the House of Dior, designs that have been manufactured under the labels 'Roger Vivier for Saks Fifth Avenue' and 'Delman'. Highlights of the exhibition are four pairs of court shoes, especially made for the German actress Marlene Dietrich. These shoes will be on show courtesy of the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin. Needless to say, several Vivier models from the collection of the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum will also be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a trilingual full colour catalogue (German – English – Dutch). Dr. Rosita Nenno from the German Leather Museum in Offenbach is curator of the exhibition and also the author of the catalogue.

Shoe Treasures - Roger Vivier
21 February – 28 June 2015
Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum
Elzenweg 25, Waalwijk, the Netherlands

For more information Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum'

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

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. shoes in art and design
Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt
26.6.2014 - 11.10.2015

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

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