You might have heard me go on about the horrors of the Prada s/s 2013 shoe.
It is painfully ugly, and this is why:
None of the elements has anything to do with the other. The shape of the wedge has nothing to do with the shape of the giant gaping hole, and the “wrapped” thong is a third element that has no relationship with the first two, nor does it bridge it.
And then, perhaps realizing the horror of what they had wrought, they stuck a fucking bow on it. Like that might make it better. Now, I am ALL for bows. I wear bows all the time and almost every day on every thing. But this bow is another - a fourth - thing on this shoe that has no relationship with anything going on.
Sometimes incongruous design elements work when they’re put together - a Louis 14th gilded chair in the middle of a minimalist space… Starck does this really well.
But this - this is like a design book barfed on her foot.
Prada S/S 2013
In a previous post, I talked about inspiration. Before I start in on the fan shoes, I want to show you where this idea was percolating from.
(Below: Not The Shoes.)
This is one of my favourite things. It’s Boccioni’s “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space”. There are a bunch of them out there.
The challenge was to make a pair of shoes, or something, that reflected this.
I transformed these suckers. Cheap Aldo. Not even real leather. I liked the shape of them but… meh. They could be sacrificed to the Gods of Massive Experiment.
(Below, the blandness.)
Bleah, right ?
I used about 3 feet of leather, total. I started by cutting out arches of varying heights and varying degrees, up to 180, reinforcing the larger ones with wire on the outside edges.
(Below: Monsieur Louis Catorze assists. He was very keen on this project.)
Hemmed with Beacon 527 glue, which I use for everything… stitched into box pleats, ruffled out, and glued down with a glue gun. Then, soaked strips, stretched, pleated and formed to cover the edges. More 527.
From the back…
And from the front.
Also, a shot with them ON… I’m sorry I’m not smiling. It was hot. It was bright.
(Below, Crankypants. Sorry.)
But I’m quite pleased with how they went with the shirt…
(and apologies for the multiple instagramming. I’m late to this trend and having far too much fun with it. )
Feel free to peruse my shop for more fun and frills… Sadly, these aren’t for sale, but I’m happy to negotiate a “transformation fee” to customize your own pair… but encourage you to try them yourself.
Amazing new talent. Would love a pair of these…
» Rosa Roozen Architectural chunky heel ankle boots. These designs are from her graduation collection at Artez Academy in Arnhem, 2010. » Bold, active and futuristic, there is very strong aesthetic cohesion in this collection while each shoe is perfect in its own fashion [proportion, composition & color]. Absolutely marvelous, especially for a college student. [Image: Rosa Roozen]
Sometimes I just get random trims, thinking one day it will come to me.
I was wearing my plain cheap suede wedges and messing around with a bullion applique I’d picked up a while back. Toe? Heel? Both?
So I put the whole shebang together.
Appliques, ribbon, some little brass stamps, a leather needle, and some 527 glue.
Gluing down the appliques was a bit of a pain, but other than that… a few hours later…
I think they turned out rather well, and go with that Russian Imperial theme I’ve been slightly obsessed with. They weren’t particularly difficult to do. Just a bunch of tacking down, really, either with glue or with thread.
Drooling over the mortgage-payment expensive shoes is all very well and good, but chances are you’ve got the skills to make something that’s entirely your own. And you still get to pay your mortgage.
These would not be that hard to DIY. Just make sure you cut your suede on a slight arc, and glue away.
I would like a pair of these, thx.
Louis Vuitton - Spring 2012 / Photographer: Anthea Simms