Monday, December 02, 2013 - Today A shoe can be… reveals their shoe sculpture Coral. It's inspiration comes from the deep ocean reefs. 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. Coral is decorated with 5000 handmade leather beads in 400 colors and over 7500 Swarovski crystal beads!
Coral by A shoe can be…
Coral by A shoe can be…

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 'Coral' 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, April 10, 2012 - In collaboration with shoe designer Masaya Kushino, Sputniko! is currently developing the work 'Healing Fukushima (Nanohana Heels)', a pair of shoes that plant rapeseeds (Nanohana) into soil through mechanical high-heels. Using the heels, rapeseeds are automatically planted as the user walks. The piece is currently in its work-in-progress phase, and is exhibited from March 11th to April 16th, 2012 at Omotesando Gyre's Hyper Archipelago exhibition, along with works from exhibitors such as architects Arata Isozaki and Ryuji Fujimura.
Healing Fukushima (Nanohana Heels)
Healing Fukushima (Nanohana Heels)

Experiments by Belarusian scientists have shown that rapeseed blossoms absorb radioactive substances such as Caesium-137 and Strontium-90 from soil. These radionuclides are stored in the blossoms’ stalks and seed coats, but not in the seeds themselves- which is fortunate because the seeds can be turned into Canola oil, the most popular source for biodiesel. This discovery led, in the 2000s, to the planting of rapeseeds by the Ukraine and Belarus governments in over 50,000 hectares of Chernobyl-affected land, in a move to revive the area's agriculture industry which had been wiped out by the 1986 nuclear accident.

Fukushima, Japan, has also suffered a devastating nuclear power plant accident in March 2011, which is hugely affecting the lives of many people today. There are currently new movements to plant rapeseeds in Fukushima, to de-contaminate the affected land and convert the output of Fukushima agriculture for use in energy supply.The Nanohana Project Network is one of the main agitators of the movement, and is actively holding summits and workshops in Fukushima on the topic. Sputniko!'s 'Healing Fukushima (Nanohana Heels)' project is developed as a result of her research at summits run by Nanohana Project Network and numerous visits to the temporary housing units in Fukushima.

The hope is for the project to become a catalyst for the viral spread of discussion on the rebuilding of Fukushima and the impossibilities of a future based on nuclear energy - so please look forward to the release of the final video in summer 2012!

Photography: Takuya Shima
Shoe Design: Masaya Kushino
Shoe Making: Perlero
Model Making: KIMURA
Product Design: Naoki Kawamoto

More shoes by Masaya Kushino
More work by Sputniko!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 - The opening for the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum was held at December 5th at MoMA New York by actrice Anne Hathaway. Valentino Garavani, legendary fashion designer, has defined a unique world of couture for almost half a century. Now his achievement takes radical new form, in keeping with the creative traditions of the house: The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum.
The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum
The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

The Valentino Museum is a virtual exhibition space for the designer's work, including a library of 5.000 images, 180 fashion show videos, and a master class with Valentino himself. If the museum would really have been built, it would have been over 10.000 square meters.

Garavani Valentino fashion house was founded in 1959 in Rome. Nearly fifty years later, in 2008, he retired. He sees the online museum as part of his legacy.

Friday, October 28, 2011 - A piano concert, performance and an installation with spectacular high heels by Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Christian Louboutin and shoe designer Hester Vlamings. From a chocolate shoes to a whirlwind of two-dimensional ladies' heels.

Pianist and artist Tomoko Mukaiyama intelligently weaves together various and very different compositions like Bach, Stockhausen and Ligeti and places them in a new musical and visual context. In her performance footware icons almost assume human proportions: they move, dance, make love, die and disappear. SHOES’ is a concert alongside a parrallel installation that is integrated into the performance but is also to be viewed before and after the show.

After the show at the Music aan 't IJ in Amsterdam on 28 October, Tomoko sold pieces (The bags, shoes, dresses, blouses and hats) from her personal wardrobe to her spectators. Including clothes by Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela, Yamamoto, Commes des Garçons and Yves Saint Laurent. This exclusive sale SHOES' was a stunning success. The stage became a colorful shop and the crowd was unstoppable. Over €2.500 was collected to be used for her upcoming projects.

Upcoming performances
1 dec Korzo, Den Haag
14 december, De Harmonie, Leeuwarden