Sunday, May 01, 2016

Boot Superstition: John Terry

The Chelsea and England captain, John Terry , is known for his superstitions. Apparently, for luck he always uses the same urinal before every match. More recently he told Soccer AM., he wore three pairs of football boots per game. He has a pair to warm up in, a pair for the first half and a pair for the second half. The boots are never worn again, and his sponsor Nike , are left to replace them. Needless to say they are not too happy but the player does give a lot of his boots to the Make a Wish foundation, so they can auction them off. He also gives some to fans and mascots, as a keep sake to take home from the game.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Freeman Quarter Jogger shoes

The Freeman Quarter Jogger shoes are part of the brand's Spring 2016. The new athleisure kicks on the block are a blend of two different shoe styles respectively, i,e, casual loafer, yet formal enough for office wear.

The slip on shoes are crafted from Mastrotto suede and Nappa calf skin upper combined with a sporty sole to make it comfortable for extended wear. Freeman Quarter Jogger shoes contain a welted EVA midsole and a Sousa & Fernandes leather outsole.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jean-Jacques Houyou : Fish leather espadrilles

Jean-Jacques Houyou is a French shoe manufacturer with a range of women’s stack-heeled sandals for sale. Nothing fishy there but when you know these fashionable espadrilles are made from the skins of salmon trout, then this might cast a completely new line.

Available in seven colours they go on sale in France this summer, selling for about €120 (S$180) a pair. Matching the skins of the factory farmed fish is an exacting process with every pair of the handmade shoes unique. The luxury footgear is lined with goat skin and soled in cork. Jean-Jacques Houyou has previously made Japanese-style sandals with salmon skin at his small factory in Mauleon, the centre of France's espadrille industry.

Fish-skin boots have been worn for thousands of years by the Inuits and Icelanders boiled and ate their worn out fish skin footwear. Distance was based on the number of shoes it took to travel long distances. During World War II fish-skin shoes were common in Germany when cow leather was unavailable. More recently Manolo Blahnik used tilapia fish leather in his €800-a-pair eco sandal range.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ammo Liao: The BioKnit shoe

Designer, Ammo Liao has created a shoe which uses “textile biomimicry,” i.e. a single material manipulated to provide multiple functions including varying levels of softness, strength, and flexibility in a layering process.

The BioKnit shoe was inspired by biomimicry(to synthetically replicate nature) and is produced by melting 3D printing textiles to create the necessary properties within the same textile-like materials. The process involves a 3D knitting process where polymer-base yarns are fed into an automated loom capable of creating various patterns in selected sections of the weave to enable flexibility and rigidity. According to the designer, the area of the shoe nearest the ankle might require more flexibility, where as the toe, heel, and arch sections require more rigid construction for support. The shoes are knitted in flat sections, then sewn together and heat pressed into their 3D printed soles. Prior to final assembly, the heel and toe sections are heat-pressed and laser engraved to accurately harden discrete section. Different colours and patterns are easily programmed into the loom and incorporated into the final weave. The designer believes creating the product with a single material will dramatically reduce the recycling cost of similar products which require multi-material construction. As additional benefits, he says the process will conserve natural resources and save energy and reduce greenhouse gases and the ensuing pollution.

In the UK alone approx. 330 million pairs of shoes sold each year with the majority ultimately ending up in a landfill. Experts estimate these will take 50 years to decompose.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jamie Okuma

Jamie Okuma lives on the La Jolla Indian reservation in Pauma Valley, Calif. Her artworks include customized designer footwear incorporating traditional beading techniques. The Native American designer likes to mix the modern and the traditional in her fashion pieces.

Okuma frequently uses Louboutin’s red-soled shoes as the base for her designs. Her works are displayed at a wide range of museums and exhibits, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of ArtMinneapolis Institute of Art , Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Alice in Wonderland shoe makeover: Northampton Museum and Art Gallery 21st May 2016

At the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 21 May 10am - 4pm there is a one-day workshop where you can transform a plain pair of shoes by covering them in eye-catching fabric and embellishing with a choice of cute Alice in Wonderland themed trims and charms including miniature teacups, pocket watches or 'drink me' bottles. Organisers ask participants bring your own apron and a sharp pair of craft scissors, all other materials are supplied. Don't worry if you have no shoes in need of a makeover - we can provide a brand new pair for you to customise for an extra charge. £35 (bring your own shoes - must have a smooth finish and be free of embellishments/buckles); £50 (shoes supplied). Age 16+ but 11-16 year olds welcome accompanied by an adult. Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Silvia Fado

Silvia Fado , is a shoe designer who regularly combines fashion, architecture, and 3D printing with traditional shoe making practices to make women’s footwear. The innovative designer uses her own 3D printer (ZMorph 2.0 S 3D printer) with the capabilities of not only 3D printing, but also of CNC milling and laser cutting. The combination of old and new has resulted in several amazing footwear collections, each bearing Fado’s distinct signature and style.

In her collection Kinetic Traces, Fado combined a relatively traditional looking leather shoe top with a futuristic looking heel made from a 3D printed base, and a number of industrial springs and pneumatic hydraulics.

For her Carbonalise collection, she manufactured the shoe heels out of a carbon fiber material, which was strengthened and stylized with a metal strip, making for a sleek and modern design.

In one of her most recent designs, which she has called Ray of Liberty, Fado was inspired by New York’s Freedom Tower building, and has incorporated elements of its architecture into the impressive shoe design. The shoes, which were designed for Internet of Fashion Runway at New York Fashion Week 2016, are made from a transparent filament material and have a changing color light source within them that glows and emits rays of light.

The various 3D printing materials used in the designer’s creations are strong and durable, have been supplied by 3D printing filament company ColorFabb , who have sponsored the emerging fashion designer. In her future designs, Fado will reportedly keep experimenting with new 3D printing materials to find the best fit for a particular design and will begin incorporating more CNC milling and laser cutting into her manufacturing process.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Shoe making program, Zlin, Czech Republic

The town of Zlín, Czech Republic is the home to footwear mogul Tomáš Bata but because the art of traditional shoemaking is slowly disappearing the town are now once again trying to revive the tradition.

According to Radio Prague, the Zlín Secondary School of Hands-On Trade and Crafts used to produce over a hundred shoemakers a year, but has not taught traditional shoemaking in 13 years. The craft simply disappeared due to a lack of interest. Whilst dozens of graduate shoemakers still ply the traditional shoemaking trade for an exclusive clientele, the majority of shoes sold in the country are now factory made. The hope is a new program can begin.