Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Louboutin and Jourdan resolve the issue over faux red soles

Christian Louboutin has reached a deal with Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear LLC to halt his lawsuit in New York federal court alleging that the company infringed his trademark by selling copy shoes with red soles synonymous with Louboutin's footwear. U.S. District Judge signed off on Louboutin's motion to voluntarily dismiss the case with prejudice on Monday after the parties agreed on a out of court resolution.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The first Lady of American Shoes Design - Beth Levine

Beth Levine (1914 - 2006) is considered one of the most influential footwear designers of the 20th century. Frequently referred to as "The first Lady of American Shoes Design" she designed under the Herbert Levine label , (a company she co-owned with her husband). Levine is credited with re-introducing boots into women's fashion in the 1960s; and popularizing mules as a singing shoe style for the age. Nancy Sinatra wore Levine boots in publicity shots for the 1960s hit song These Boots Are Made for Walking'.

Levine had elfin feet (size 4) and frequently modelled her own designs. Part of her commercial success was she created shoes that made women with average shoe sizes look more delicate and feminine in their shoes. In 1965, the Herbert Levine label released the “racing car shoe,” constructed of clear, colored and mirrored vinyl, pieced together to resemble a miniature race car.

Interesting book

Beth Levine Shoes by Helene Verin

Vasconcelos' giant sculptures of Marilyn's FM pumps

Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist and much of her work deals with feminism, as well as social and political issues. Her most famous creation is "Marilyn" a gigantic pair of shoes made of stainless steel pots and pans and their lids. The exhibit is currently on display at the Ajuda National Palace .

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Heels: The Why Factor

Why do tens of millions of women all over the world choose to walk around on stilt like objects called heels? Where did the fascination with elevated footwear come from and what do they tell us about class, power and sex? It may surprise many to hear that high heels were first worn by… men.

The Heel BBC World service The Why Factor broadcast on the 11th January 3013.