Tuesday, September 20, 2016
As American fashion has become more casual sneakers have been elevated as high-end status symbols. Mainstream designers are now designing upscale sneakers to be worn on the fashion catwalks. With prices like $495 for a pair of cap-toe Lanvins to $895 for studded Valentinos these have become the preserve of the must have bella figure. Upscale sneakers are designed to go with slim jeans, tailored dress pants and the stylish suit.
For women, pairing fashionable sneakers into businesswear and formal attire, has been a challenge for designers. But where there is a market there is a way and high fashion sneakers are being sold to women from $695 high-tops by Isabel Marant to $990 crystal-encrusted Gucci slip-ons.
Comfortable rubber soled canvas topped kicks are also proving popular with brides and for $60, you can buy a pair of monogrammed Keds from their wedding collection .
Friday, September 16, 2016
Cacao & Cardamom in Houston, Texas have the perfect sweet treat for the shoe lover: Christian Louboutin chocolate heels. Made from special molds the most complex part of the process was the red soles. The chocolate shoes have become a big favorite with their customers.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
You Can Judge 90 Percent of a Stranger's Personal Characteristics Just by Looking at Their Shoes: You can accurately judge a person just by looking at their shoes, psychologists say.
In 2010, former design director D'wayne Edwards of Brand Jordan started the Pensole Footwear Design Academy based in Portland, Oregon, offering intensive courses in shoe design taught by people who have worked at companies such as Nike and Adidas. Classes are usually three or four weeks long and cram in what a student might learn over the course of a full college semester. Students learn to do consumer research, study materials, and prototype design. The school invites applications from young people who want to pursue careers in the shoe industry but don't have the basic training to get started. There are 18 places each year with 850 applications.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Heidi Bivens designed the bespoke shoes for the new perfume advert for Kenzo World . She also customized a flat version for its final scene, in which Margaret Qualley hops and jumps before performing a spectacular aerial maneuver. The designer tried different heel heights and ended up with 2.5 inches based on the dancer's comfort. The shoes were made with suede soles, and others with rubber soles so that she had options to dance in depending on the [carpet or marble] surface. The video is directed by Spike Jonze and choreography by Ryan Heffington.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Tokyo-based Flickfit hope to improve shoe comfort with in-shoe scanners and pressure sensors to take readings of your feet. The 3D technology produces a wire-frame image of your feet is synced with either a tablet, smartphone or laptop.
Using this template, the key areas of comfort are highlighted in a "heat map" and the dimensions of shoes with the most comfortable fit are noted. Flickfit's technology is currently available at only one location in Tokyo ahead of its official release. The company is working at bringing the tech to department stores across Japan and plans are afoot (sorry for the pun) to make the technology available to online shopping.