Inspired by Luigi Colani and Pierre Cardin - their optimism, delight in materials and futuristic vision. I admire their commitment to the pure idea and how the design object becomes almost fetishised. In this way the shoes work as both sculptural, aesthetic pieces and functional footwear.
I combined traditional shoe making techniques with new technologies. Thinking three-dimensionally and using rapid-prototyping and laser cutting to create architectural structures. I also introduced materials like steel, acrylic and wood to contrast with softer, stretched and moulded leather.
© Chau Har Lee, photo by George Ong