Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thomas Murphy: private shoemaking tuition

Thomas Murphy offers private shoemaking tuition for anyone who dreams of making their own pair of shoes. Lessons can be tailored to suit your requirements in terms of what you'd like to learn or the shoe you'd like to make. No previous shoemaking experience required. Shoemaking is taught at the studio in Vauxhall, London and can either be individual tuition or you can come with a friend.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The world's tallest high heel shoe

Kenneth Cole partnered with Today Show contributor Jill Martin to create the world's largest high-heeled shoe. The shoe was unveiled on the Today Show and is modeled after The Kenneth Cole New York Otto, a polished-leather lug sole bootie from the fall 2014 collection. It stands at 6 feet, 1 inches and is 6 feet, 5 inches long. The shoe, built by Izquierdo Studio , a costume and prop design atelier, took nearly 400 hours to create and required five and a half hides, as well as 3D printing to craft the buckle and clasp which measured over a foot long. The team partnered with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company. Four children from the foundation collaborated with Izquierdo Studios to bring Cole's vision of the shoe to life. The shoe will be showcased at the shoe floor of Lord & Taylor NYC.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Small Steps

A UK charity called the Small Steps Project is a humanitarian organisation supporting children and their families living on rubbish dumps.

Small Steps Project are currently hosting a celebrity shoe auction on eBay aimed at raising money for and providing aid to children living in in landfills around the world. Donations include Tom Jones’ blue Vivienne Westwoods, Beyonce’s Stuart Weitzman boots, Four Tet’s Nike sneakers that he wore for Glastonbury, Tom Odell’s chelsea boots and various other donations from Debbie Harry, Bombay Bicycle Club, Art Garfunkel, Metronomy, The Strokes, Chvrches and many more. The final auction is live on eBay.