Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to shine a pair of dress shoes

How to shine a pair of dress shoes is a smashing website which demonstrates how to care for your favourite pair. All you need is a cloth, a toothbrush, cream or wax polish, chamois and elbow grease.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pop up shoe exhibition: Canons Ashby

From mid July the National Trust's Canons Ashby will host an exhibition of ahoes shoes from Northampton's world famous shoe heritage collection.Those interested in heritage and stories about people from the past will find the installation particularly appealing. It tells the story of the people who once would have lived at Canons Ashby through the shoes they wore. The types of shoes that would have been worn by the gardener, maid, cook and members of the Dryden family will be featured. There will be shoes linked to those worn by Dryden family members who sat for the portraits hanging in the house. The story of the Dryden family's links with the British Empire and travels through countries like Japan will also be explored through the shoes on display. This exhibition is part of a wider drive to raise awareness of Northampton's world-class shoe collection and make it accessible to new audiences by taking items from the collection into non-museum venues. The initiative has been made possible thanks to £47,000 funding awarded to Northampton Borough Council's museum service by the Arts Council England. It is hoped the display will lead to other National Trust properties hosting similar exhibitions. The museum service is currently in talks with a major London retailer to showcase another installation that focuses on contemporary shoe fashion designers. In October Northampton Museum and Art Gallery will also host a free seminar (£10 towards the cost of lunch and refreshments) to share the initiative's findings with museums, visitor attraction managers, retailers, academics, students and others interested in the science of displaying shoes innovatively. To register interest in attending email or telephone 01604 838111.

Cult Shoes: Classic and Contemporary Designs

Cult Shoes (Harriet Walker ) is a lavishly illustrated (over 350 historical and contemporary images) book exploring 30 shoe luminaries from the eighteenth century to the present day. Written by fashion journalist, Harriet Walker the author selects and recounts the history and what made each a standout success. The book also contains a brief history of footwear and short features on key personalities and lesser-known but influential brands. A must addition for all shoecoholics.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Zamora Shoes (Australia)

Zamora Shoes is an Austalian shoe importer, wholesaler and retailer of internationally crafted shoes. The company aspires to cater to the tastes of the true “It Girl” with a watchful eye on global trendsetters, and what style icons and fashion savvy celebrities are wearing. Shoes are handpicked from all over the world, selected for their high quality design, and quantity in craftsmanship. Currently Zara Shoes feature shoes from Belanci (Australia) , Errol Arendz (Africa), Rockin’ Reptile (Malaysia), and Tosca Blu (Italy). Follow the Zamora Shoes blog.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Louboutin's red soles

Christian Louboutin filed suit last week in Federal District Court in New York against Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear and unnamed for trademark counterfeiting and infringement and other related claims based upon the Defendants’ sales of women’s shoes bearing red soles. To date Louboutin has been unsuccessful in its bid to claim exclusivity in the colour red when used in any capacity for women’s shoes in its action against Yves Saint Laurent, but still owns valid US trademark Registration No. 3,361,597 for the colour red when used on the sole of women’s shoes. The allegedly infringing Charles Jourdan shoes appear to use the colour red only on the souls of the shoes. No response to the Complaint has yet been filed by the Defendants.