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