Thursday, December 13, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

God Save My Shoes Limited Box Set

God Save My Shoes has a limited edition Gift Box for Christmas. The limited edition comes in a shoe box (what else?) and retails at $49.50 US. There are only 100 units so shop early. The company will ship directly from their NY shoe closet (US customers only).

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Level Shoe District Dubai

The shoe shop with the world's largest collection of shoes is in Dubai. The Level Shoe District takes up 96,000 square feet of real estate. It is stocked with 15,000 different styles from 250 brands. Gucci and Prada dominate but there are many designer styles. Previously Macy's laid claim to the title "world's largest shoe store" when it opened a 39,000-square-foot floor dedicated to footwear. Saks Fifth Avenue in New York recently added 7,000 square feet to its shoe department along with a dedicated elevator and private VIP room . The shop has also got its own postal ZIP code. Barneys New York recently launched a unisex designer shoe store that is 40% roomier with 350 more styles.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Scottish shoe designer Heather Weir became so tired with paying huge amounts for shoes with designer labels she launched her own shoe business called InspiredBuy. She decorates all of the shoes by hand and has been inundated with orders for her original and funky footwear designs. Heather is a model but has spent the last few months perfecting her glitzy designs. Her crystal-encrusted Marilyn stilettoes and her skull-and-crossbones-studded Rock Chick boots are already proving popular. Heather’s shoes sell for between £55 and £75. InspiredBuy is a new and innovative business which offers the opportunity to have your very own personally designed quality shoes, clothing and accessories at an affordable price.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

La Chaussure, une passion français

Fédération Française de la Chaussure opened the exhibition “La Chaussure, une passion française” (or “The Shoe, a French passion” ), tracing 150 years of shoe manufacturing. The exhibit runs until Nov. 4 at Atelier Richelieu and showcases shoes of Roger Vivier, Raymond Massaro and André Perugia. The oldest shoe in the show is kitten heels by François Pinet circa 1880s. In addition, a space is dedicated to showcase the collections of emerging designers like Amélie Pichard and Alix de la Forest.

On display André Perugia’s Angelique sandals made to resemble a sculpture by Pablo Picasso.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Joyce de Gruiter's shoe sculptures on display

Joyce de Gruiter has some shoe scultures on display at Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam (AAF). The Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam is held in the Gashouder at the Culture Park Westergasfabriek from 25/28 October.

Gun Shoe, wood, paint , gold 22,5 krt.

Double D-Ice Cream, mixed media, pearlescent paint, gold 22,5 krt

Happy Skull Shoe, mixed media

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

High heels can be bad

A group of Australian scientists from Musculoskeletal Research Program at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, have burst the bubble for all high heel wearers by publishing a study which supports power dressing in high heeled shoes may cause damage to some. The study examined the effects of habitual high heel use on the neuromechanical behavior of triceps surae muscle during walking. The small study of 19 subjects (average age 25) consisted of 9 habitual high heel wearers who had worn shoes with a minimum heel height of 5 cm at least 40 h/wk for a minimum of 2 yr, and 10 control participants who habitually wore heels for less than 10 h/wk. Participants walked at a self-selected speed over level ground while ground reaction forces, ankle and knee joint kinematics, lower limb muscle activity, and gastrocnemius fascicle length data were acquired. Human movement requires an ongoing, finely tuned interaction between muscular and tendinous tissues, so changes in the properties of either tissue could have important functional consequences. Findings revealed heel wearers moved with shorter, more forceful strides than the control group. The same movement pattern continued even when the women kicked off their heels and walked barefoot. As a result, the fibers in their calf muscles had shortened and they put much greater mechanical strain on their calf muscles than the control group did. Researchers concluded long-term high heel use had the potential to shorten medial gastrocnemius muscle fascicles and increase Achilles tendon stiffness. Women wearing high heels appeared to significantly engaged muscles rather than tendons, especially the Achilles tendon, leaving it weakened and potentially vulnerable to injury. Researchers added this style of walking requires more energy to cover the same ground as someone in flats, and likely causes more muscle fatigue. Whist the consequences of these changes for locomotor muscle-tendon function are unknown the results suggest long-term high heel use may compromise muscle efficiency in walking. The authors concluded long-term high heel use may also increase the risk of strain injuries.

Cronin NJ, Barrett RS, Carty CP 2012 Long-term use of high-heeled shoes alters the neuromechanics of human walking. J Appl Physiol 2012 Mar;112(6):1054-8.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gaga Chic

In 2010 Alexander McQueen created the "Armadillo heel” for Lady Gaga and wore them in her "Bad Romance" music video, kick-starting the trend of wild and outrageous footwear.

Scarey Beautiful

South African artist Leanie van der Vyver, in a response to fashion's obsession with bold statement designs created the most outrageous shoe yet called "Scary Beautiful." The shoes have not one but two massive heels. There is one in the front and another in the back. The foot enters the shoe pointed downwards as if it were a ballerina slipper and the front heel "supports" the foot by guarding the shins. Once on, the wearer sports a distorted image as the shoe looks backwards. According to van der Vyver, “ Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard." The shoes are a collaboration between van der Vyer and Dutch Shoe designer René van den Berg.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The London 2012 Celebrity Shoe Auction

The London 2012 Celebrity Shoe Auction on the 11th October 2012 is at Jalouse Club , 17 Hanover Square, W1S 1HU, Oxford Circus. This year’s auction features footwear donated from celebs such as Sienna Miller, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell and more. All profits go to charity to help children in poorer countries including paying for thousands of shoes. It will also fund sustainable shelters where the children will be fed, cleaned and looked after.This will be the 3rd Celebrity Shoe Auction, hosted by Oliver Thornton and the premiere of the short film, Next Steps, narrated by Peter Egan. The event includes a cocktail and champagne reception with celebrity canapés, based on the celebrities' favourite foods by Chef to the stars, Rob Hunningher & The Humdingers Team , a pop up hair salon by Taylor Taylor London and massage. Limited tickets are on sale.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Shoe Innovations: A Visual Celebration of 60 Styles

Caroline Cox author of Shoe Innovations: A Visual Celebration of 60 Styles, explains the origin and evolution of common shoe styles and their designs. Not only does it answer all your burning shoe questions (like how on earth did clogs become fashionable?), it also covers pretty much of the history, from gladiator sandals to go-go boots. Superbly illustrated throughout.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Diamond shoes auctioned for charity

Kiwi shoe designer Kathryn Wilson teamed up with jewellery designer Sarah Hutchings of Orsini Fine Jewellery to create the most expensive shoe ever made in New Zealand which retails at a cool $500,000 . Hutchings painstakingly placed more than half a million dollars' worth of white diamonds on to a single classic court-heeled shoe to create a one-off work of art. The process involved hours of surgeon-like precision using tweezers and a special adhesive. The result will be for sale in a silent auction at Wilson's 2013 autumn/winter collection launch in Auckland. The shoe will be displayed in a specially made Perspex box on the night and watched over by two security guards. Other artworks featured are by fashion photographers including Chris Sisarich, Rob Trathen and Olivia Hemus; also artists such as Henrietta Harris, Adrian Hailwood and Stella Castle have all created their own interpretations of Wilson's shoes. Proceeds from the sale will go to Ronald McDonald House, for which Wilson is an ambassador.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hand painted kicks

High top Chuck Taylor All Star Converse shoes hand painted by artists. The""Night Of The Zombie" shoes are limited to only 15 pairs made, signed and numbered by the artist.

Sexy Heels . The editors of Footwear News (FN) chose the 25 hottest heels of 2012.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Young Hollywood Cares collection

The Young Hollywood Cares collection is a collaboration of celebs and shoe designer Stuart Weitzman to create shoes to help raise money for cancer research. Last year the collaboration, successfully raised $80,000 which went to the Folkman Institute/Vascular Biology Program at Boston's Children's Hospital. This year Chloë Grace Moretz, Nikki Reed and Brooklyn Decker worked with Stuart Weitzman helped create the second annual The Young Hollywood Cares collection along with Julianne Hough and AnnaSophia Robb. Proceeds this year will go to Dr. Marsha A. Moses's ovarian cancer research at the Folkman Institute in Boston.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kate's nude shoes: M&S best seller

The Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) may have innocently caused a stir by being photographed topless on holiday but that is pale by comparison to the fashion phenomon she has now created by wearing nude shoes. Marks and Spencer have just released a pair of nude platform court shoes almost identical to Kate’s favourite L.K.Bennett Sledge Shoes , and they are selling like hot cakes.

The Duchess was rarely seen without her nude shoes, and wore them almost exclusively throughout her Diamond Jubilee tour. The copy Kate heels have been selling so quickly already they are close to becoming the most popular style of shoe M&S has ever had. Priced at just £19:50 (as opposed to £195 for identical version of Kate Middleton's Sledge shoes). The Limited Collection stiletto heel platforms come in four different colours, including classic black, and gold.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


CAMiLEON Heels Technology, LLC have re-launched their two-in-one heel to flat shoe. This allows the heel of a shoe to be adjusted from high to low in just seconds. First released in 2007, the patented adjustable-height technology is incorporated into the stylish design of every pair of CAMiLEON Heels. The heels adjust from a 3¼” high heel to a 1½” low heel position without having to take off the shoe, remove any parts or use any tools. The wearer can transform her shoes in seconds, as often as needed or desired. The heel’s innovative stainless steel shank, locking mechanisms and screw attachment to the shoe are unique to women’s footwear and in addition to the various appealing styles, are designed to ensure stability, durability and safety. While several other brands address the need for comfort in women’s dress footwear, according to the manufacturers CAMiLEON Heels Technology, LLC is the only option to provide a woman with the ability to go from a flat to a heel in just seconds. The stylish two-in-one shoes transform from day to evening with ease, providing comfort, style and flexibility. After several years perfecting the technology and obtaining global patents, CAMiLEON Heels Technology, LLC recently obtained additional patents in the U.S. and Japan. Additionally the company holds patents in Australia, Brazil, Singapore, South Africa, China, Russia, Mexico and India. Patents are pending in Korea, Canada, Europe and Taiwan. The original Italian hand crafted CAMiLEON Heels are available exclusively at their web site for a limited time only with special pricing from $99.00 to $129.00.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Adjustable heels from Tanya Heath

Tanya Heath is a Canadian born shoe designer who created a multi-height shoe with changeable heels. The Paris-based Canadian started with a simple idea to make heeled shoes lower when the feet were getting sore. She developed a pair of shoes with an inter changable heel system. The shoes which took three years to develop were shown at the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris this month. Now considered the world's first multi-height heel, the luxury leather shoe switches seamlessly from nine to four centimetres (3.5 to 1.5 inches).

They are available in pastel pink patent sandals, strappy dancing shoes and demure lace-ups, with either stiletto or chunky heels, high or low. The shoes start at around 250 euros (320 dollars). The shoes currently retail at the Sarenza online store, and half a dozen boutiques across five countries.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sole Society

Sole Society is a Los Angeles-based e-commerce which makes its own private-label shoes, targeting customers looking for “casual chic” footwear priced between $50 and $99.95 US.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Louboutin win

French shoemaker, Christian Louboutin won a limited victory over Yves Saint Laurent when an appeals court granted trademark protection for some of the companies footwear with lacquered red bottoms. A three judge panel at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned a lower-court decision to allow Louboutin shoes with red soles combined with a different colored top protected under trademark. Now Louboutin can theoretically prevent another designer from putting out a black stiletto with a red sole. Louboutin's request to prevent Yves Saint Laurent from selling red-soled shoes was initially dismissed by a Manhattan federal judge last year. The injunction was later rejected by the appeals court. The new court of appeal’s decision is based on the reasoning used in a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision Qualitex Co. v. Jacobson Products Co. and on the Lanham Act, which governs trademark law. The Qualitex decision left open the possibility of defending a single color trademark on the grounds that it is used under certain circumstances and is uniquely associated with a particular brand.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Halle Berry's 5th Avenue Collection

Despite a broken foot Halle Berry shot a new shoe commercial for Deichmann shoes in Germany. The actress fell and injured herself on a film set in Spain just before the scheduled shoot. After she had the foot set in a hard cast and has made a full recovery. Berry created the 5th Avenue collection with the footwear firm's designers and is hoping her new collaboration will be as successful as her last with the company. The new line comes six months after former supermodel Cindy Crawford launched a Deichmann collection earlier this year.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Marilyn Monroe exhibition

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the starlet’s death the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Florence, Italy is hosting an exhibition of Marilyn Monroe’s clothing, costumes, and shoes. The exhibit features more than fifty outfits belonging to the starlet, many of them on loan from private collections.

Visitors will see the Swarovski crystal encrusted red heels that were custom made by Salvatore Ferragamo. Marilyn’s obsession with the shoe designer has been credited with putting the designer on the fashion map. She loved to wear Ferragamo’s shoes who made her heels extremely thin and light so the actress could, stand comfortably for long periods of time. The exhibition lays to rest one persistent myth that the Hollywood Siren had her shoes custom made by Ferragamo with one heel shorter than the other to give her a distinctive wiggle walk. Each shoe in the exhibit shows heels of the exact same length. As part of the Marilyn Monroe exhibit the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum has released a new book featuring images of the legendary actress, many of them never before published. The book was edited by museum director Stefania Ricci and art critic Sergio Risaliti. It will be available at bookstores on September 25th. Also there is a limited edition replica of Marilyn’s Salvatore Ferragamo red crystal pumps, identical to those the actress wore in “There’s no Business Like Show Business,” have been created in honor of the exhibit. They are available exclusively in the museum’s gift shop. The Marilyn Monroe exhibition will be held through January 28, 2013.

Friday, August 24, 2012

"The Sex Is In The Heels": Fashion or pornography?

The latest print and video ad campaigns for Brian Atwood have been taken down due to their provocative and risque nature. "The Sex Is InThe Heels" campaign features model Candice Swanepoel completely nude for most of the video, with the exception of her Brian Atwood shoes, of course. The video has been banned from New York City Taxi rear seat TVs. The brand has also been told to remove the billboard-sized poster from outside their Madison Avenue store by the building's owner, as it was deemed unsuitable for the viewing public. "The Sex Is InThe Heels" campaign has caused a debate over what is fashion, and what is simply pornography.

The poster in comparison features Swanepoel pictured in a black basque and hold-up stockings as she is caressed by the two naked men. It is just one of four images from the brand's racy autumn/winter 2012 campaign, which was shot by top fashion photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Cyndi Lauper - Sex is in The Heel

Shoe Fix I Episode 2 I Show Stoppers

Saturday, July 28, 2012


CAMiLEON Heels have a patented adjustable-height technology incorporated into the shoe which allows the wearer to adjust from a 3¼” high heel to a 1½” low heel position without taking off their shoes. The wearer transforms the heel height of their shoes in seconds, as often as needed or desired. The heel’s innovative stainless steel shank has a locking mechanisms and screw attachment to the shoe which provides the opportunity to reduce the amount of time spend in the high heel position but without changing shoes. The adjustable-height heel technology incorporated into every pair of CAMiLEON Heels was conceived and developed by a radiologist with a special interest in musculoskeletal problems and inspired by seeing women walk to work in sneakers. The adjustable-height heel technology is designed to alleviate the numerous problems associated with wearing high heels for extended periods of time. It has taken years to perfect and test market the technology. CAMiLEON Heel Technology, LLC currently holds patents in Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, China, Russia, Mexico, India and Brazil. Additionally the company has patents pending in the USA, which is expected to finalize in early 2013 as well as Korea, Canada, Europe and Taiwan.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Customisze soles the new trend

Real fashionista are customizing the soles of their shoes. From stickers to paint-your-sole kits, the bottom of your footwear has now become the canvas to customize, personalize or imitate top designers. The trend started when women realized they could emulate renowned shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s famous red soles by painting the soles of their shoes red with ordinary paint or nail polish.

Designers keen to emulate Louboutin’s success are coming out with soles in unique colors such as Chloe Green (Topshop) feature shoes with light green soles. Colourful stick on soles are also popular and Rosso Solini's sole stickers come in a variety of colours from firetruck red, to animal patterns, glitter and other bright colors.. Customizing the soles is especially popular with brides. For others who want a more designer look, many shoemakers offer the option of fitting red soles. Save Your Sole, also sells shoe soles and paint in nine colors, including cream, blue, and its ever-popular red. The soles need to be attached by a shoemaker, but the color will last until the sole wears out, unlike paint, which can flake off after a short walk on the pavement. Sales of their Red Sole Gift Set, which includes red soles, touch-up paint and a paintbrush, have increased by 25 percent in the last month alone.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Horder Centre eBay Celebrity Shoe Auction

Help raise vital funds for The Horder Centre by taking part in their eBay Celebrity Shoe Auction . There are lots of celebrity shoes up for auction including Ana Ivanovic, Jayne Torvill, Lewis Moody, Adam Garcia, Nick Knowles, Dame Vera Lynne, Norman Cook and Kaddy Lee-Preston. The auction also includes shoes donated by Gary Barlow.

These were made specially for the Jubilee 2012 celebrations and one shoe is signed ‘Love Gary’ and the other shoe is inscribed with a 2012 Union Jack and the first lines of the Jubilee song ‘ Sing’. The inscription reads ‘ Some words they can’t be spoken only song, so here a thousand voices shouting love’. This item also includes a signed letter of authenticity and Oliver Sweeney shoebox and shoebags. Bidding is underway (currently in excess of one thousand pounds sterling) and the reference for these shoes is 261063811182

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pitlochry: Tartan Shoes from Cheaney

Latest fashion trend for the shoe fashionista is Tartan brougues made by Joseph Cheaney & Sons. The Pitlochry is a fresh take on the Ghillie brogue and after being on display at several trade events the Northamptonshire-based business have now had to include the design in their range because of demand. Toffs have been falling over themselves to get a pair of the distinctive brogues, despite the toe-curling price tag of £275 a pair.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

What have the Middletons' done for Portugese shoes?

Catherine (Dutchess of Cambridge) , Pippa and their mother Carole all like to wear shoes made in Portugal. After Pippa and her mother commissioned shoes for the royal wedding from Helsar, a family-run shoe company near Porto, the company has raised its exports from 9% of sales to 75%.

Helsar shoes have become a symbol of prestige and an example of the spirit helping Portuguese industry to improve its manufacturing technology and to contribute to cutting the country’s trade deficit. The “Made in Portugal” stamp has gained new prestige and stylish fashion designers and shoe stores from around the world are placing orders. The industry had a 20% record growth last year and Portugal is now one of the 10 top shoemakers in the world. Meantime Pippa Middleton has become a real fashion icon in her own right and has a website dedicated exclusively to the subject to prove it.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kama Sutra Heels

Lotus shoes for bound feet were always highly decorated and fabulous works of art. Some even included instructions to the bride on how best to pleasure her lover.

Shoes as a source of first impressions: New Study

A new study entitled "Shoes as a source of first impressions" from the University of Kansas, suggests people can judge other people by their shoes. Researchers asked one group of participants to submit photographs of the shoes they wore most often. A separate group of 63 participants were then asked to study the 208 photos and judge a number of factors about their owners. The researchers found by examining the style, cost, colour and condition of the shoe, participants were able to guess roughly 90 per cent of the owner's characteristics,including age, gender, income and agreeableness. People tend to wear shoes that reveal their personality, whether or not they are always aware of it. According to the researchers, "shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers." It appears high income people wear expensive shoes. Extroverts tend to own flashy and colourful footwear. Conscientious people keep their footwear spotless despite whether they are new or not. Liberal thinkers tend to wear shabbier and less expensive shoes. Agreeable people wear practical and functional shoes. Aggressive personalities prefer ankle boots. Calm personalities appear to prefer shoes that look uncomfortable. The full research report will be published in the August edition of Journal of Research in Personality.

Interesting links
Eisman K 2002How to tell a man by hs shoes Andrews McMeel Publishing
Cleary M 2005 The Perfect Fit: What your shoes say about you Kippen C 2012Shoes ‘r’ Us

Monday, June 11, 2012

New Book: Women from the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us

A new book from Rachelle Bergstein. From the story of shoes in the twentieth century she attempts to answer some of life’s mysteries. An avid shoe collector from an early age the author works as an editorial consultant for a literary agency and traces the history of 20th Century fashion shoes from Ferragamo to Manolo Blahnik. Bergstein also tracks the birth of the stiletto in the early 1950s, the popularity of Vans and Chuck Taylors in the late 1980s and Mary Janes in the 1990s. She exhaustively details how the shoes became iconic, the type of woman who wore them and how pop culture contributed to the popularity, like “Saturday Night Fever” and platforms. The pop culture moments not only depict what the zeitgeist was like at the time, but it also helps illustrate just how the shoe came into its own. Bergstein shows how the story of shoes is the story of women, told from the ankle down.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

From Getas to concealed platforms: Watch your step

Noritaka Tatehana is a shoe designer responsible for Lady Gaga’s clog-like shoes Indeed his creations which are between 25 and 46 centimetres (10 to 18 inches) off the ground have become her signature icon. As a result the Japanese designer’s footwear is in such high demand despite their $US 15,000 price tag. Lady Gaga has more than 20 pairs of shoes of his shoes and all are hand crafted to fit her feet.

Inspiration for his sky-high platforms originated from the traditional geta shoes worn by geishas.

In his Tokyo workshop there are dozens of shoes in various stages, from ideas to completed pairs covered in Swarovski crystals or golden studs. The 26 year old was still only a student at the Tokyo University of the Arts when he began his career. The shoes he created as part of his graduation thesis were to become the first pair for Lady Gaga. When the fashion designer announced his creation in an industry-wide email, one of only three responses happened to come from Gaga’s stylist. Tatehana’s designs have been displayed at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology Museum, with curator Valerie Steele commenting that he is one of the most important shoe designers of this generation. His “heel-less” high-heeled shoes have revolutionized the idea of extreme footwear, she says. The secret of Tatehana’s shoes is his designs transfer the mass of the wearer from the heel to the ball of the foot. Lady Gaga can walk and dance in her as if shoes as if she were on tip toes. The popularity of Tatehana’s high stacks has seen the rise of concealed platforms as the new fashion vogue for the glitterati. However sometimes what seems a good idea on the drawing board may result in challenges to those not so well schooled in deportment. X Factor (UK) judges, Tulisa Contostavlos and Mel B (aka "Scary Spice" from the Spice Girl) found themselves teetering on the bring recently when they attempted to negotiate stairs in their fashionable concealed platforms. Both nearly came a cropper in front of the paparazzi.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Trendy USB Thong Drives shoe-shaped jewelry is a virtual platform for a unique and interesting medley of shoes and shoe-related content meant to entertain and inspire. On offer too is a series of exclusive shoe-related services available through an annual subscription. One interesting offer, exclusive to is an original jewelry collection by Marta Ferri and Camilla Vender. Marta is a fashion designer and Camilla is a jewelry designer who both love shoes and together they came up with the idea of a collection of their favourite miniature shoe-shaped jewelry including rings, necklaces and charms.

Meaghan Cleary’s Shoe Are You?

Shoe Revolt has a new Facebook contest to win a signed copy of Meaghan Cleary’s Shoe Are You?. Shoe are You? is full of advice for life, wardrobe and career and all based on your footwear. Find out what your shoes say about you and understand your shoe personality.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Crocs Cares

Crocs Cares was started in 2007 with the mission to provide shoes for children and families in need to help protect and provide happy and healthy feet. Crocs Cares donate to impoverished countries, locations hit by natural disasters and areas of need in the United States. They also give hundreds of thousands of shoes to the military and their families, with another 2,000 pairs to the United Service Organization, which will sent the shoes to remote areas in Afghanistan. Over the past five years Crocs Cares has donated 3 million pairs of shoes in 40 countries.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The illustrated history of the platform shoe: Refinery 29

Refinery 29 are currently featuring The illustrated history of the platform shoe by Connie Wang, Zoila Sylvester, illustrated by Isabelle Rancier. From 220 BC until today the history of the platform shoe is long and complicated and caught beautifully in this powerpoint presentation.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

God Save My Shoes on iTunes

God Save My Shoes (Unrated)by Julie Benasra. God Save My Shoes is the first documentary to explore the intimate relationship that ties women to their shoes. To understand why shoes are the most addictive and seductive fashion accessory, God Save my Shoes journeyed into women's psyches and closets, examining the psychological, sociocultural, and erotic significance of shoes. The quest to decipher why shoes trigger such passion among most women (and quite a few men) took the production to New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Toronto, Milan, and Florence to interview all those who play a role in the global shoe phenomenon: extreme shoe-lovers and everyday women, fashion historians and editors, psychologists, sex experts, as well as shoe fetishists… Witty, glamorous, insightful and sassy, this film brings an offbeat and captivating answer to the universal relationship between women and their shoes. (Includes French with English Subtitles)

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download this movie.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Design Shoe apps: Whatever next?

A popular trend among those who prefer to design their own footwear is shoe design sites with design option apps. Some let you design a shoe from scratch, selecting colors, materials and components to make a one-of-a-kind shoe. Others will let you tweak an existing design from a design gallery. Delivery is within eight weeks and the cost for custom made footwear can range from between $200-$300. Some companies will make alterations and some will accept returns. It is well worth reading the fine print before committing to a purchase. Milk & honey allows you to design your own pump, flat, sandal, wedge or bootie and customize it with toe shape, straps, piping, embellishments, platforms, heel style, straps and backs. Materials include leather, patent leather, pony, snake, printed snake, glitter, metallic, croc, suede, stain, velvet and printed fabrics. Milk & honey also has pre-designed shoes, some of which you can make simple modifications to, like colour or heel height. The Shoe Design Studio have four basic styles: pump, sandal, t-strap and mule. From there you choose the front, back, middle, heel height and platform. Once you have the design done, you select your materials for all of the shoe parts. Choose from glazed, metallic, patent, nubuck, lace, pony, fabric and snake in a variety of colors. Their "Play of Colours" option, provides design guidance, and you can chat with a stylist, if you need help. Shoes of Prey lets you choose toe, back, decoration, heel and height options. You can also customize one of the 177 pre-made designs. For materials, you can choose from cotton, faded leather, patent, pony, leather, shiny leather, suede, glitter, snake, fish, silk and sequins. Once you have selected your first material, the app will make matching, contrasting and neutral material recommendations. Shoes come in European sizes 31 to 49, and you can select narrow and wide widths.