Shoe Art What?

Posted 07.04.21

Since I started my footwear journey it has been really intriguing to hear how people of all ages and gender feel very strongly about what they put on their feet.

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As an object we all intimately interact with on a daily bases, everyone has experiences and opinions to share. So when I tell people I am a shoe designer, I generally get many follow-up questions. "What kind of shoes do I design? For what company? And can one make a living as a shoe designer?" This is the moment where most raise an eyebrow.

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Explaining to people that my designs are not necessarily for wearing, but instead they are more like a piece of art, is fascinating. Some are skeptical or lose interest all together, others are curious but unconvinced. Shoe art? What on Earth is shoe art? A painting on the wall is art, as is that lovely sculpture in the garden. But what is the point of a pair of shoes as art?

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I have to admit, it is a distinct little niche and an interesting turn in my professional life. Taking up footwear was self-evident, but tailoring this to conceptual shoe design, or shoe art, was a less obvious leap. So what is the point? To me it feels like opportunity.  A means to communicate issues important to me, through an object that you and I have such strong associations with. It’s not about designing the most beautiful shoe, trends or profit margins. It’s not even about a client or end user. It’s about a set of opinions colliding with the human body through the means of footwear.