It’s back…Again! This SS13 you will notice on the catwalk as well as on the high street a real resurgence in denim. I know it has never gone away but it certainly hasn’t been at the forefront of fashion in recent years. One thing we can say for sure about denim, it will never go away entirely, it will always be used and re-used. This is true in particular in it’s application to footwear. Denim’s rugged toughness and non uniform stone washed look can be manipulated in many ways, caught stitching and grazed holes give a rough and ready finish. These properties among many others make it a natural choice for footwear designers all around the world and an obvious choice for a Spring/Summer upper or the odd random panel piece or tongue.
More often than not you will see denim used … Read More »
For my eye and taste in footwear, some people/brands out there really hit the nail on the head. Generally you won’t find me making a post about something I don’t like, although I will not be shy to point out aspects or elements that I dislike. One of these people/brands in footwear I always look forward to seeing (their latest release or what they are working on or generally follow) are Diversitile. Based in central Florida this group has been customising all aspects of fashion clothing and footwear for some time and been doing it with great skill and forethought into the design. The level of expertise required to achieve what they do sometimes bordering factory line small volume output, (which is not an insult I assure you!) for hand decorated, de-constructed, re-crafted footwear in my opinion is … Read More »
Due to my background in footwear design and heritage in English footwear, I am intrigued by the custom footwear market. I am not just talking about doodling on an upper to make it look a little bit whackier than its other kin – not that there is anything wrong with that and I fully recognise that is a skill of its own… when done properly… I am going to look at deconstructed custom sneakers.
First, let me explain a little bit about both, custom deconstructed sneaker and the drawn on shoe that I mentioned just now. A drawn on sneaker is exactly that, drawn on… what ever the application, for example paintbrush with waterproof paints, permanent pens that don’t smudge, coloured in stitch rows and sketched on outsoles and so on, more often than not the shoe is not taken apart. … Read More »