Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Kinetic Traces collection by Silvia Fado Moreno, graduate of the London College of Fashion, has developed a new line of shoe wear that aims to create extreme comfort and wearability using the magic of technology. To create these new heels, Moreno took a close look at impact absorption. She studied traction, durability and shoe weight, and then added rubber balls and springs to familiar styles of heel. This project brings sports footwear fundamentals to high-end fashion as sports footwear are based on function and wearability, both very important elements for design features that must interact with the body and be usable by the wearer. She crafted the shoes with a combination of metal, leather and wood-work, taking advantage of the latest techniques in 3D printing and milling as well as in laser cutting.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Shoes of Prey was launched in 2009, offering footwear fanatics the opportunity to design their own perfect pair of shoes. The company has specialised in flats, heels, wedges, sandals, boots and more. The process is easy and fun. Using the Shoes of Prey 3D DESIGNER customers choose the shape, colour and height of their shoes. Designs are handmade within five weeks and delivered worldwide. The complete order is available within four week .
Harrods has unveiled a brand new footwear department, named Shoe Heaven. Located suitably high-up, on the fifth floor of the Harrods store in London is 42,000 sq ft, and contains 17 footwear boutiques with collections from over 50 of the biggest luxury brands including Christian Dior, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik and Louis Vuitton. The luxe marble-floored space was designed by the late David Collins. Alongside the shoes and the displays, the space also contains velvet banquet seating and private shopping suites.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Designer trainers are the new vogue. Once the reserve of the super fit, the traditional running shoe has been given some serious style credentials in its new funky form. The new IT is loud a bright trainers with a price tag of $US 1k plus. Karl Lagerfeld started the catwalk trend at Chanel when he sent Cara Delevingne and co down the catwalk in colourful tweed trainers. Since then Katie Grand editor of LOVE magazine, has collaborated with trainer makers Hogan to create wild looking designs combining neon colours and animal print, while Stella McCartney’s designs for trainer giant Adidas have been a huge hit. Cara Delevingne is rarely seen off duty without a pair of pimped up trainers on and Delhi-born designer Ashish designed stand-out LED Buffalo Boots for Topshop.The light-up wedge trainers have already been spotted on Lily Allen, Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora.
Part of the attraction of high fashion ath-leisure is the move away from higher heels. Being able to comfortably run about in designer trainers holds much appeal for the paparrazi dodgers. Currently the shoes to be seen in are wedged trainers designed by Isabel Marant, which comes in a variety of funky designs. The classic Nike Air max 1 is as popular now as it ever has been, but now comes in a kaleidoscopic range of designs and colours. The latest Nike Blazer can even be customised on nike.com with a choice of colours patterns and material for every part of the sneaker.