Marloes ten Bhömer's Rotationalmouldedshoe has just been selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2010 exhibition. The shoe was created from molded polyurethane rubber around a stainless steel frame. It looks like a work of art, but is actually wearable as a shoe.
The shoes created by Javier Gasco reveal what can be achieved when a designer doesn’t have to worry about commerciality – no need to identify a target market, create a balanced and cohesive collection, or determine cost assessments. Mr Gasco doesn't design regular collections for sale; these shoes are made for his pleasure or for a rare commission. They are the product of an unbridled imagination and a masterful ability to design and make footwear.
I admit I know nothing about Icelandic design, but if these shoes are anything to go by, then I’m all for it. Fun, unrestrained, and looking kind of like they’re made of icing, Kron by KronKron shoes are dessert for your feet.
I’ve followed the shoe collections of LD Tuttle for several years, and for some reason I had always pictured the designer as a dapper, balding, vaguely English middle aged man. This must owe more to my butler fetish than reality, because the truth is at the other end of the spectrum. LD Tuttle is actually Tiffany Tuttle – a former ballet dancer and California native who created the label in 2004 with her husband Richard “LD” Lidinsky.
I studied shoe design in London about a million years ago, but for various reasons never worked as a designer. Recently I decided to focus my obsession with shoes into a website that would provide information about independent shoe designers and retailers.