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.