Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - The shoe exhibition Shoes in Art and Design at the KUNST HAUS WIEN is on show from 18 June till 5 October 2014. Most of the approximately 160 experimental shoe creations by designers, artists and architects are one of a kind or have been produced only in small series. Many have been devised as small sculptures, as conceptual statements, or as provocations against the main stream. These SHOEting Stars are distinguished by their unusual forms, exclusive materials and 'emotional added value' often to the detriment of their actual wearability.
SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design

SHOEting Stars
The topic of 'shoes' opens up an entire cosmos of stories, individual experiences and preconceptions. Shoes symbolise passion and the search for perfection. They represent trivial needs, but at the same time are an attractive medium for artistic and scientific speculation. The subject of this exhibition, therefore, is the contemplation of shoes not only as casual fashion projects but as design objects that make their own autonomous statements.

The exhibition focuses on experimental shoe creations by artists, designers and architects. Most of these creations are one of a kind or have been produced only in small series. Many have been devised as small sculptures in their own right, as conceptional statements, or as provocations against the main stream. Each of them is distinguished by an unusual form, exclusive materials and an “emotional added value” – often to the detriment of its actual wearability. In view of the astounding creativity and diversity of artistic ideas, the functionality criterion is of secondary significance.

Where does this courage to create an unconventional shoe come from? A not inconsiderable role is certainly played by the design avant-garde of the fashion world, where art and fashion have long been intimately linked, with each camp utilising the other’s mechanisms. Fashion designers rely on limited
production runs and direct cooperation with artists or borrow unabashedly from the treasure trove of
art history.

On the other hand, when artists focus on shoes as the subject of their creative works, amazing autonomous artistic statements result. Shoes made of glass, ceramics and porcelain or conceived as part of an installation follow in the tradition of creative sculpture and thus assume positions outside the
canons of the fashion market. Artists enjoy slipping into the role of the beholder. In conceptual works they target the complex relationship between society and the individual and focus on facets of modern consumer behaviour. In doing so they are working at the crossroad to social design, which represents
an expansion in the sense of creating life forms and preserving values.

A further source of creativity is provided by new technologies and materials, which enable a previously unheard-of spectrum of forms, structures and surfaces. By means of computer-aided processes, used alone or in combination with traditional techniques, the appearance of a shoe can be modified step by
step. Materials with new looks and new textures lend these shoes an almost futuristic aspect. The sections of the exhibition reflect contemporary design positions and show a blurring of boundaries between design, handicrafts and art that has been observable for quite some time. The range of exhibition objects is correspondingly broad: from an architectonic approach through small sculptures to the critical exploration of ethical and moral aspects of art and society; from experiments with materials to the shoe as a fetish object – there is no question in present-day discourse to which a shoe of some kind does not have an appropriate answer.

The thematic grouping of the exhibited works underscores the blurring of boundaries between art, design and handicrafts. The spectrum ranges from an architectonic approach through experiments with materials to the shoe as a fetish object. The manifold possibilities inherent in shoes as a creative medium are reflected not only in the shoes themselves but also in installations, photographs and videos, and include the positions of several Austrian artists and designers.

An exhibition by KUNST HAUS WIEN in cooperation with the GRASSI Museum of Applied Art Leipzig
Idea and concept: Sabine Epple
Curator in Vienna: Brigitte Woischnik
Co-Curator in Vienna: Liza Snook,

SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
18 June to 5 October 2014
1030 Vienna, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - A shoe can be… reveals their shoe sculpture Heliotrope. It's inspiration comes from a plant that exhibits heliotropism. A shoe can be… has chosen to present their sculptures by using moving image instead of showing just the final product. This film highlights their possibilities and skills and encourages to create new products in close co-operation. Heliotrope shows leaves and stem at the bottom (leather and wood) and the top of the shoe opens like a true color waterfall (Swarovski, leather and crystal beads).
Heliotrope by A shoe can be
Heliotrope by A shoe can be

Brooklyn Museum New York
Heliotrope is currently in New York for the exhibition 'Killer Heels: the Art of the High Heeled Shoe'. This will be on show from September 10, 2014 through February 15, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. The tour will go on tour to three other museums and will take about two years.

A shoe can be… by René van den Berg and Karin Janssen is a work of art, Dutch design, an addiction, exclusive, a label, a dream, unique, tailor made, better than sex, inherited, love, a story, exposed, authentic, one of a kind, a friend for life, timeless, craftsmanship, yours…

René van den Berg
Specializing in designing and manufacturing tailor-made shoes, René carries on a family tradition of shoemaking which dates back to 1902. He combines his creativity and designer skills with extensive knowledge on feet, materials and shoemaking techniques. Among others René collaborates with famous Haute couture and fashion designers like Thierry Mugler, Klavers van Engelen, Anouk Wipprecht, Heineken, Leanie van der Vyver and Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties. In addition René works as a teacher in traditional shoemaking at the Dutch Shoe Academy in Utrecht, centre of excellence for craftsmanship. René is the best kept secret of the Netherlands...

Karin Janssen
Karin, graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, is a designer and creative entrepreneur who gets excited by projects in which she can combine her two- and three-dimensional expertise with her love for special materials. Her commercial projects differ from graphic design to shoe(related) design. Karin's strong need to combine design and craft, made her attend the course artisan shoemaking at the Dutch Shoe Academy in 2003, followed by several workshops furniture upholstering and exploring new possibilities and perspectives on materials, craft and design. To fulfill her aspiration to explore, create and innovate, she started A shoe can be… together with René van den Berg in 2013.

More info about A shoe can be…
Don't hesitate to contact A shoe can be… (+31 6 81906906) when you're in need of exceptional footwear for your fashion show, TV commercial, music video, feature film or theatre production.

Credits for the 'Heliotrope' film:
Design: René van den Berg and Karin Janssen
Photo: Martien Schouten
Camera: Hessel Waalewijn
Editing: Taco Zwaanswijk/Virtual Shoe Museum
Music: Niels Bos/Florish Forest

More shoes by René van den Berg and Karin Janssen at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - The DLM German Leather and Shoe Museum in Offenbach presents for the first time a treasure hidden in it's Roger Vivier collections until now. It shows 40 prototypes of the master dating from the 1930s, bringing to light the youthful work of Roger Vivier, a period that has not yet really been explored from 22.03. till 02.11.2014.
Roger Vivier SchuhWERKE
Roger Vivier SchuhWERKE

'Christian Dior – Shoes Created by Roger Vivier' – The creator of the New Look would never have allowed anyone other than a legendary shoe designer sign his name next to his. This is proof of the great esteem Christian Dior held in Roger Vivier.

Vivier was a student of fine arts when he found a part-time job in a shoe factory that belonged to someone in the family, which explains the characteristically sculptural style of the shoes he created all throughout his career. He invented the Stiletto heel, the Comma heel, the Shock heel and many others that defied the laws of gravity. He dreamed up delicious little silk shoes decorated with feathers and pearls for Princess Soraya, Marlene Dietrich and many others. And it was Vivier who gave Brigitte Bardot her thigh-high boots to go with her Harley-Davidson…

From the 1930s on, as designer for Miller and Delman in New York, Vivier revolutionized the North American shoe market. All of his creations were realized on behalf of Laboremus, a subsidiary of the tannery Heyl’sche Lederwerke in Worms-Liebenau, the head office of which was at Place Vendôme in Paris, a stone’s throw away from the great Ritz Hôtel.

DLM German Leather and Shoe Museum Offenbach for the first time presents a treasure hidden in its Roger Vivier collections until now: 40 prototypes of the master dating from the 1930s, bringing to light the youthful work of Roger Vivier, a period that has not yet really been explored. The unique shoes from the House of Dior, those created under the label “Roger Vivier for Saks Fifth Avenue” and the exceptional models on loan from Roger Vivier in Paris, the Pierre Bergé-
Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and the Christian Dior Museum in Granville are so many windows opening onto the universe of a great name in fashion of the 20th century.

The exhibition presents over 100 works, including two dresses of Christian Dior, which will be shown in alternation. The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Rosita Nenno.

Roger Vivier – SchuhWERKE
22.03. – 02.11.2014

DLM Deutsches Ledermuseum Schuhmuseum Offenbach
Frankfurter Str. 86
63067 Offenbach/Main

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 – 17:00

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - The 'Berlin Shoe Days' represent the different events throughout Berlin‘s new trade show 'What About Shoes', which takes place from the 21st until 23rd of February 2014. The shoe museum is one of the Berlin Shoe Days events and it is also the first one of that kind ever in Germany‘s capital. In order to make this outstanding presentation happen, we started the cooperation with Dutch designer and curator Liza Snook and her ‘Virtual Shoe Museum’. In cooperation with Ivan Civic, artist and curator of a very special No74 adidas selection.
Berlin's 1st International Shoe Museum
Berlin's 1st International Shoe Museum

Berlin‘s first international shoe museum shows over fifty fancy samples from different designers from all over the World. Some of them were already part of the shoe exhibitions 'Starker Auftritt – Experimental Shoe Design' at the Grassi Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig and 'Auf Schritt ind Tritt' at the Museum Villa Roth in Ulm.

You are welcome to see these remarkable works at the ground floor of the Postbahnhof next to the trade show 'What About Shoes'.

Friday 21.02. and Saturday 22.02.2014
10.00 a.m. - 07.00 p.m. nonstop

Berliner Postbahnhof (ground floor, side entrance)
Straße der Pariser Kommune 8 10243 Berlin

Sunday 23.02.2014
10.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m. nonstop

Entrance fee:
€ 5,00 (no presage, box office only)

Combi ticket for SLEM & Museum: € 8,50 (no presage, box office only)

SLEM Institute workshops & lectures

The Dutch education and innovation institute SLEM is our second cooperation with the Netherlands. They offer several different workshops and lectures for suppliers, exhibitors and other interested parties throughout the days. Hot topics will be trends, Spring/ Summer 2015 and later sustainability and creation of a micro brand. The world-renowned footwear forecaster and consultant Nicoline van Enter and her collegues will present 3 workshops and lectures per day in the middle of the shoe museum at the Postbahnhof.

Friday 21.02.2014
12.00 a.m. - 12.45 p.m Lecture 'Trend' for buyers
03.00 p.m. - 04.00 p.m Workshop 'Sustainability & Micro Brand' for students/companies
06.00 p.m. - 06.45 p.m Lecture 'Trend 'for buyers

Saturday 22.02.2014
11.00 a.m. - 11.45 a.m Lecture 'Trend' for buyers
02.00 p.m. - 03.00 p.m. Workshop 'Sustainability & Micro Brand' for students/companies
04.00 p.m. - 05.00 p.m Lecture 'Spring/Summer 2015 and later' for suppliers

Sunday 23.02.2014
11.00 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. Lecture 'Trend' for buyers

Friday, January 31, 2014 - The Kunsthal Rotterdam will reveal the astonishing story of women's shoe design, from 1900 to the present, during this spring from February 1 till May 11 2014. S.H.O.E.S - Sexy Heels Or Easy Sandals will exhibit more than 500 shoes created by celebrated designers such as André Perugia and Salvatore Ferragamo, international 'stars' Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, as well as contemporary and rising young talent.
S.H.O.E.S Head over Heels
S.H.O.E.S Head over Heels

Shoes as genuine, finely fashioned objets d'art, ranging from Victorian boots to seductive slippers and from high heels to futuristic pieces. The unbelievable variety and inventiveness of so many shoe designs is a delight for the eye: the S.H.O.E.S. exhibition is a must-see for anyone with a passion for fashion.

From practical design to status symbol
Over the years various decorative elements have made their appearance into the world of shoe fashion: amongst others the floating heel, open heel, platform shoes, ankle straps and bows. Designers have constantly experimented with form, materials, colour and comfort. Cross-fertilisation and retro-reference have been combined with new experimentation. The woman's shoe has become increasingly elegant, and heel height has reached as much as 15cm. New technologies and materials such as micro-fibre, elastic and synthetics have made extreme forms, sometimes highly erotically charged, possible. The rise of the "couturier" fashion houses and their designers have taken the woman's shoe from attractive accessory to ultimate status symbol. Just as Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker swears by her Manolo Blahniks, many women long for new shoes as for new love.

Jewels from renowned collections
Numerous star pieces from celebrated collections will be on display in the S.H.O.E.S. exhibition - a collaboration with the Fashion Museum Hasselt - such as Perugia's surrealist 1931 design 'Homage to Braque' from the International Footwear Museum in Romans-sur-Isère, as well as the first platform-sole sandal that Ferragamo designed in 1938 for Judy Garland. Naturally, there is also place for Roger Vivier, who invented the stiletto in 1954. Closer to home, many other splendid designs, such as the 1960 transparent plastic pump by Beth & Herbert Levine from the Fashion Museum Hasselt collection, and the 1985 colourful stiletto by Charles Jourdan from the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk. These grand-masters of shoe design will be featured alongside The Netherlands' own Jan Jansen, himself a member of the international elite since the early 1970's. Some well-known contemporary Dutch and Belgian designers will also be broadly represented in S.H.O.E.S., including Rem D. Koolhaas, Jan Taminiau and the rising talents Katrien Herdewijn and Nienke van Dee (winner of the Global Footwear Design Award 2013).

S.H.O.E.S Head over Heels
February 1 till May 11 2014

Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341
3015 AA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Housewarming Kunsthal
Saturday 1 February 2pm-7pm
Free entrance

Photo: Court Shoes by Vivienne Westwood, 1993 © 2013 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada