Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Shawcross R (1014) Shoes: An Illustrated History Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Shoes: An Illustrated History is the definitive guide to footwear from fetish heels to winklepickers and Shawcross takes the reader on a glorious journey through many centuries of footwear from antiquity to the present, showcasing a dazzling array of shoes from all over the world. The book is packed with social and historical detail putting shoe trends, superstitions and traditions in context and exploring shoes as symbolic and highly personal objects which evoke a time, place and an emotion. A must-read for students, researchers and anyone interested in fashion.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
In conjunction with sneaker marketplace Stadium Goods , Sotheby’s (BID) auction house held a first-of-its-kind online-only sneaker auction. Sneaker fans were asked to bid on kicks in the Stadium Goods Ultimate Sneaker Collection . Up for offer were one hundred (100) of the rarest sneakers in history .
The shoes featured in the auction were described as a sneakerhead’s dream. Coveted models included the 2011 and 2016 versions of the Nike (NKE) Air Mags, which featured in "Back to the Future Part II;" the ultra-rare Chanel x Pharrell x Adidas NMD Hu TR - 1-of-1 for Karl Lagerfeld; and four versions of the Travis Scott Air Jordan 4 “Friends & Family” collection (one of which was seen worn by influencer Kylie Jenner), just to name a few.
Considered the most exclusive shoe in the collection (size 12.5) is the never before worn, handmade waffle soled “Nike Moon Shoe,” created by Nike co-founder, famed Olympic team and University of Oregon running coach Bill Bowerman. He created just 12 pairs of the shoes for U.S. runners at the 1972 Olympic trials. Using a domestic iron, Bowerman created a waffle style sole to lessen the weight of the shoe without reducing traction. Whilst the athletes were non plussed the iconic waffle pattern imprint caught the public’s imagination because it resembled the footprints left by astronauts on the moon. These shoes were known as the Moon Shoes. The starting bid is $80,000. The auction runs online until July 23, 2019. For more information see Sotheby’s New York gallery
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Friday, June 7, 2019
The Sports Shoe A History from Field to Fashion by Thomas Turner
Moving from the athletic field to the shopping mall, Thomas Turner tells a fresh story of the evolution of the sports shoe against the changing landscape of society, sport, fashion, industry, and technology. The Sports Shoe takes us on a journey from the first Victorian tennis shoes to the adidas Superstar and the innovative technologies of Nike Air Max. Featuring newly uncovered archival material and historic images showcasing key personalities, vintage marketing and common perceptions of this hugely desirable product, this book is a must-have for any sneaker collector, historian of popular culture, or anyone interested in the place of athletic footwear in our lives today.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019
Jamie Okuma lives on the La Jolla Indian reservation in Pauma Valley, Calif. Her artworks include customized designer footwear incorporating traditional beading techniques. The Native American designer likes to mix the modern and the traditional in her fashion pieces.
Okuma frequently uses Louboutin’s red-soled shoes as the base for her designs. Her works are displayed at a wide range of museums and exhibits, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Her art is currently on display as permanent collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Art , Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National Museum of the American Indian.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Fashion history is about more than pretty clothes. Dressed explores the incredibly rich and complex history behind the clothes we wear. Interview with Elizabeth Semmelhack, curator at the Bata Shoe Museum. Dressed: The History of Fashion
Friday, May 17, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Monday, March 18, 2019
Two legislators from India’s ruling party were set to be disciplined for fighting with a shoe after video of the incident was widely shared on social media. The shoe spat has caused embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shoes are considered unclean in the country, and using footwear to attack another person is seen as very offensive. Both lawmakers have apologised, but they were expected to face “strict disciplinary action” as they were summoned to Lucknow, the capital of India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019
The Heel and the Sneaker The Forum BBC. The History of Footwear. Rajan Datar follows the history of footwear with the help of Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto; Giorgio Riello, Professor of Global History and Culture at the University of Warwick; sports shoe historian Thomas Turner; and footwear researcher at the KASK School of Arts in Gent, Catherine Willems.