Shoegasm: An Explosion of Cutting Edge Shoe Design

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Race Point Publishing, Oct 13, 2012 - Design - 160 pages

“A shoe is a very complicated object to design. It is art, but involves mini architecture: materials, techniques, tooling. The end result is a fantasy sculpture to look at, but has another life when it is worn.” - Kobi Levi

Exotic shoes have been around for centuries. Sandals made of solid gold were found in the royal tombs of ancient Egypt. Six hundred years ago, women teetered around Venice in chopines with platforms up to a foot high. And in China, tiny golden lotus shoes were brightly colored and elaborately embroidered.  In the twentieth century, Salvatore Ferragamo introduced platform shoes and “invisible” sandals. Beth Levine invented sprint-o-lator mules and topless shoes held to the sole by adhesive. Roger Vivier created the concave stiletto and comma heels for his extravagantly bejeweled concoctions. The last two decades have seen an explosion of creativity in footwear design. Sexy laced-up sandals, sky-high platform heels, and outrageously decorated shoes are seen on fashionable women everywhere, from the catwalk to the street. In Shoegasm, you’ll find page after page of fabulous footwear from fashion icons such as Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen, as well as exciting young designers like Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, and collaborators Rem D. Koohhaas and Galahad Clark. You’ll also see shoes that are truly wearable art from innovators like Kobi Levi, Julian Hakes, and Marloes Ten Bhomer.

 

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Contents

Preface
7
Introduction
8
Alain Quilici
14
Alberto Guardiani
20
Alexander McQueen
22
Anastasia Radevich
26
Andreia Chaves
32
Anne Poesen
36
Kobi Levi
72
Maco Custodio
82
Maï Lamore
84
Manolo Blahnik
90
Marloes Ten Bhömer
98
Masaya Kushino
106
Mihai Albu
112
NaämBen
122

Chau Har Lee
40
Christian Louboutin
46
FINSK
50
Francesca Castagnacci
56
Jan Jansen
60
JANTAMINIAU
64
Julian Hakes
70
René van den Berg
124
Tea Petrovic
134
Thea Cadabra
138
United Nude
146
Victoria Spruce
156
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The editor of several books on fashion, Clare Anthony (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) is also the author of Shoegasm: An Explosion of Cutting-Edge Design.Longtime book editor and author Clare Anthony marvels at the imagination, engineering, and craftsmanship that go into creating a gorgeous pair of extreme high heels, even if she does prefer to walk around in comfy flats herself. The editor of two books on fashion, she has also written for both adults and children on a variety of subjects.

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