Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Shoenista's 2009 awards - Minger of the Year

This award goes to Irregular choice for their boot-clog-thing. Some questions I have to ask about this boot-clog-thing.

Does it bend?
Can you actually walk in this?
Will Granny MacPherson miss her kilt?
Can I store my firewood in it?
Was the outsole inspiration little Johnnys junior woodworking class?
Danny, what were you thinking?

Thankyou so much to for drawing my attention to this minger, refinery 29.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Shoenistas 2009 Mutton Dressed as Lamb Award

Goes to Ronnie Wood, no contest really. Gold Uggs, Ronnie, what were you thinking? Is he a wannabee WAG perhaps?

Monday, 28 December 2009

The 2009 Shoenista / Victoria Beckham Award for Glamour

The Victoria Beckham award for glamour goes to Christian Louboutin (pictured, Vic wearing Louboutin for Rodarte credit: JustJarded)

Sunday, 27 December 2009

The Tart of the Trade Award for most copied design.

This award is named after an old shoe salesmans term for a winning style.

Ladies and gentlemen I give you, the studded strapped short biker (middle pic). I think possibly Russell and Bromley did this first, then everyone did their version. Infact I bet you can't find a shoe shop or shoe department on the UK high street that doesn't have them. I challenge you!

And judging by what I saw at Micam in September it won't be going away for 2010 - Sienna Miller - it's all your fault! (pics from The Daily Mail).

Special mention goes out to the Steve Madden 'Banglez' gladiator (top). See what you did there, Steve, you didn't copy anyone for once and you got a winner!

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Shoenista's 2009 awards - The Lady Gaga Award

Ok it's the end of the year so I've decided to hold my own blogosphere shoe awards. Number 1 is the Lady Gaga Award (AKA the WTF award) for out-there shoe design.

I'm going to award this one to Alexander McQueen.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hope you have a fabulous day and that Santa brings you the shoes of your dreams!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

More Andreia Chaves courtesy of Yatzer

Had to post some more of this girls shoe design work, can't get enough of it. From Yatzer

You ain't seen me, right? The Invisible Shoe

I love this concept by Andreia Chaves, shoe designer of Brazil. By creating a mirrored wedge shoe, your foot blends into it's environment.
Andreia is just about the most out-there shoe designer I have seen in a long long time. She says, "The fact that I grew up in a chaotic city like Sao Paulo, full of contrasts, being in contact with such diversity and constant exposure to different visual inputs, has inspired me in how I think and conceptualize my shoes. Looking at my work, I can clearly see influence coming from my South American sense of versatility. Also in the mix - what I have been experiencing in Europe."
From Yatzer

Martin Margiela to leave label of same name

Not really shoe news, but I always find it a bit sad when a designer leaves thier own label. Jil Sander has never been the same since Jil Sander left her label and I can't see this one being any different.

I loved the Martin Margiela label for it's avant garde designs, never afraid to do something that's really 'out there' and creative without being tarty or unwearable.

I also love the deconstructed website, with the index page, it's carrying the theme of the clothing right into html! Link to website

Shoes pictured on sale in Browns website. Link to buy

Sunday, 6 December 2009

New Homeys website

Dan just informed me via Facebook that his new Homeys website is now live. As well as a full range of Homeys to choose from (a good thing coz they seem to be sold out everywhere in the West End), you can also subject yourself to Dans awful jokes! Great! <-hint of sarcasm there

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Shoes and Music #2 Morrissey and err Stella McCartney do shoes

All over the web right now is the news that Morrissey and Stella McCartney are collaborating on a range of shoes. Didn't see this one coming.

Morrissey is one of our most famed vegetarian singers, have to say Mozza, you spotted a gap in the market there, because there aren't many veggy shoes for men.

What will he do? Well, I'm expecting a vegan version of the desert boot.
12 December 2009 - Edited to add: Stella just posted on her facebook page that this is a made up story. OK, own up - who started it?

Friday, 4 December 2009

Police take down dodgy Ugg websites

Story on the news yesterday about the police removing 1,219 websites claiming to sell desirable items such as Tiffany Jewellery and Ugg boots. Most are hosted in China and there are no goods for sale, they just take your money and run.

I did a quick Google for Ugg boots this morning and if you do so too, you can see that most of the Ugg sites that come up in the search are not working anymore. What a minefuield for shoppers because there are lots! Feel sorry for those that tried to buy from the dodgy sites.

At least it gives me a chance for a shameless plug for, a genuine Ugg boot store. They now have the Kensington boot back in stock (pictured) so hurry if you want a pair!