Wednesday, 27 October 2010

New Challenger to Kobi Levi

Just found this shoe design (by Juliet G) on t'internet. Isn't it great? Very apt as I've just spent the last month working on equestrian footwear, which is a first for our consultancy. Now this is real riding footwear.


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

I want this wallpaper. That is all.

Years ago I had a great T shirt from Nike that was just shoes printed all over. Now there is wallpaper, a similar idea, but even more brilliant.
I really really want this, but I'm not sure it'll work in the confined space of my narrowboat. So I shall just have to dream.

Thanks to for bringing this marvellous stuff to my attention. You can purchase it here:

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Detachable Heels? Yay or Nay?

The Inventor Patrice L Howard has designed and patented a idea for a detachable heel. Being a freelance shoe designer, I get to hear quite alot about new shoe concepts from inventors. I've seen detachable uppers from several inventors who are already in the market place and manufacturing, in fact there is even an online store devoted to the many brands -, but this is slightly different. What do we think? Will it actually work? Is it just a gimmick? Is it a design solution to a problem that doesn't really exist?

I can't see that the inventor has made a prototype. They are looking for an investor to invest in their idea.

I know from getting involved with testing labs that the heel attachment is a weak point in high heeled shoemaking (it needs to support your entire body weight on a tiny surface area, so the attachment cannot fail) and quite serious injury could be caused should the heel detach from the upper. So the risk is alot higher with this shoe.

Also I think you might be limited with the heel designs that you can put on the shoe - wider, cuban heels are heavier and require more heel attachment, the stiletto attachment could be too small. With shorter heels you can end up with a rather bizarre 'banana' or 'Ali Baba' look to your shoes as the last doesn't pitch properly with a different heel.

So what do we think? Yes or No?

If I were the inventor, I'd be comissioning Kobi Levi to design it - imagine the possibilities. I'd like to see darts heels that you can detach so you can play darts at the pub with your 'heels' (then hobble home, probably!)

Monday, 18 October 2010

Kobi Levi's wearable art

Kobi Levi is a freelance footwear designer (just like me!) with a cheeky vision for wearable art.

I especially love his slingshot shoe pictured above.

Check his blog for more amazing prototypes.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Zims Shoes

Since the start of the year I've been working on a new footwear concept, Zims. We're not launching just yet, we're putting the finishing touches to the samples and it is all really quite exciting.

Check out the Blog here and the Facebook Group here:
And the shoes? Well all will be revealed in due course, you will have to wait. :)