22nd April 13
French architect Jean Nouvel unveiled a pair of leather and rubber boots in Milan last week. The architect calls the shoes “Pure” and states that the design “reduces the concept of a shoe to its purest form”.
I would argue that this is not the purest form a shoe can take. Different shoes come with different intentions, meanings, and uses, and to say that this is the only pure concept of footwear is a little naive.
Shoes are no longer utilitarian in nature. I appreciate what Nouvel has done here, even though this was a very masculine viewpoint to take. I love a good flat shoe, and I love a good minimalist approach. But many women would agree that a shoe in its purest form is not a monochromatic heavy-soled rubber/leather bootie.
Shoes have evolved along with culture. Just the other day I was writing about the history of the platform shoe, and how both practicality and ego played key roles in developing over hundreds of years what could now be written off as just a fad.
My point is simply that shoes have more meanings than Nouvel addressed with thie project, and many shoes have a long history that shaped them into what they are now.
Creative though they may be, Nouvel’s shoes are not the penultimate representation of footwear.
18th April 13
A two-designer label launched in 2004 and based in Berlin, Miroike is the artchild of Ulrike Seidel and Ramiro Calderoan. The two studied under Dame V. Westwood, and their deconstructionist attitude towards footwear is a wonderful nod to her aesthetic sensibilities.
Until recently I hadn’t heard of them, but I’ll be keeping an eye on their work from now on.
13th March 13
Sliced and prepped for surgery.
These are perfect.
4th March 13
Hints of color on the edges, oversized decorative buckles…. These are cartoons of shoes.
I love them.
23rd February 13
The hidden platform inside the boot is the only reason you could walk in this. See the slight shadow of a heel shape on the red leather? I suspect there is a built up internal wedge, otherwise the lack of flexibility in the heady platform would make it impossible to do anything short of shuffle.
22nd February 13
Stood too close to the fire.
23rd January 13
Angles And hard black lines. Geometry and the. Curves of the foot. This one is just a beautiful specimen and it holds my interest.
17th October 12
Take flight, walk softly.
8th October 12
Graphic and unexpected.
(Source: nowfashion.com, via shoelust)
29th September 12
Rodarte does Tron.