Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bubba Watson in the red white and blue

Bubba Watson (US) Olympic golfer is the top-ranked golfer in the world and will be wearing Team USA shoes from G/FORE. The flexible and lightweight, Hi-Top Crusaders are made of waterproof full-grain leather in the uppers. G/FORE has released a limited-edition, patriotic version of the high-top Crusader shoes to the public at $300 (US).

Friday, July 15, 2016

Shoe statue, Showhegan, Maine

If you ever go to Skowhegan, Maine on the Kennebec River there you will find an aluminum shoe sculpture in the in town’s municipal parking lot. In 2008, the Skowhegan Public Library received a $3,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to sponsor an art community program. Sculptor, Barry Norling got to work and painted his creation with a mural depicting the Skowhegan community. The sculpture is a tribute to the men and women who worked in the local shoe industry.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Shoe Bakery

Shoe Bakery has been creating food inspired art and products since 2013. The sweet treats for your feet are one-of-a-kind, handmade shoes made to order which are guaranteed to bring out your sweet side. Shoe Bakery strives to make life a little sweeter, a little more colorful, and to bring a new sense of style and whimsy to the world of women’s shoes. The company also create custom shoes for events and private orders.

Chris Campbell is the head artist and ‘baker’ behind Shoe Bakery, mixing a lifelong passion for sweets and desserts with a love of shoes and style. From concept to the final product, Chris takes a completely hands-on approach with every pair of shoes to make them as sweet and unique as possible. From cupcakes and ice cream, to donuts and cinnamon buns, Chris shows no sign of slowing down his confectionary footwear, and with his wife adding her talents to Shoe Bakery, the shoes, handbags, and more, will only keep getting sweeter.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ivanka Trump in court injunction

Italian luxury footwear maker Aquazzura is accusing Ivanka Trump’s namesake clothing line of copying the company's copyright design to a popular sandal, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. Along with naming Trump, the lawsuit names three companies working with her, including manufacturer Marc Fisher.

The dispute focuses on Aquazzura's "Wild Thing," a sandal with fringe covering the toes and suede tassel fringe atop a 4” high heel. Trump's footwear, a sandal dubbed the Hettie, looks exactly the same and under-sells the Aquazzura footwear. The Italian company seeks a court injunction barring Trump from selling the purported knockoff. Aquazzura also seeks an accounting of Trump's profits from the shoe, plus damages and attorney fees. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest. The lawsuit highlights a grey area in the fashion industry, which has been lobbying for protection under the Copyright Act. Currently, fashion designs cannot be protected because they are considered functional items by the law. Hence people cannot own exclusive rights to manufacture such items but some design elements can be protected by the law, such as sculptural elements on a shoe or graphic designs.

Ivanka may take consolation her father, Donald Trump has been involved in at least 3,500 court actions.