Thursday, December 08, 2016

Acne's fashion sandals withdrawn

After it was discovered luxury fashion house based Acne Studio's was selling £US400 "African inspired" sandals which are virtually identical in design to those made by The Shoe That Grows, (a US based non-profit organisation), the Swedish company denied copying the charity's design but has withdrawn the shoe from sale.

Now fashion experts are calling on Acne to "stand up for its values" by donating a portion of its profits to The Shoe That Grows, according to Tamsin Lejeune, ‎chief executive at the Ethical Fashion Forum .

The Shoe That Grows's footwear was launched in 2013 and is a durable, adjustable sandal that can expand up to five shoe sizes. The US-based company has made thousands of pairs available to children via charitable donations, as well as selling their shoes to the public, with each pair bought online paying for two further pairs to be donated to children living in poverty around the world.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Elevator Shoe Brand GuidoMaggi : Elevator shoes extraordinaire

The world’s first showroom for elevator shoes has opened in Milan . The GuidoMagg showcases the brand’s latest selection of height increasing sneakers, loafers, boots and dress shoes. The shoes are all handmade in Italy and tailored by a team of skilled local artisans. GuidoMaggi’s collection of luxury elevator shoes can discreetly and effectively increase height by 2.4 to 5 inches instantly. The brand currently delivers elevator footwear to more than 90 countries worldwide.

GuidoMaggi shoes are created by hand utilizing two different methods of construction. Some shoes boast Blake seaming, which involves a single seam holding together the shoe’s outsole, lining, upper and insole. Others include Goodyear stitching, created by a master craftsman attaching the outsole to the welt. This is a meticulous process requiring skill and patience. Elevator Shoe Brand GuidoMaggi is at 18 Via Fiori Chiari, Brera.

$20,000 Crocodile Kicks

Handcrafted 24-carat gold sport shoes made of crocodile-skin went on sale for $20,000 at Dubai’s Sole DXB footwear fair at Level Shoes .

The uppers were made from crocodile skin immersed in 24K pure gold. The crocodile’s tongue was used with the delicately hand stamped Athletic Propulsion Labs logo. These limited edition made-to-order shoes are personalized with the owner’s name detailed on the inside of the shoe. The shoes take 12 weeks from order to delivery.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

High flying sneakers

EasyJet released a pair of smart shoes featuring the airline’s signature orange. The Sneakairs are designed to help travellers explore new cities by giving vibration cues through the soles when it’s time to turn. The high flying kicks were equipped with Google Maps integration.

Back in 20111, low-cost carrier airBaltic launched the airBaltic shoe in 2011 as an advertising promotion. The tech-free shoes that features a passenger-jet motif caused such a buzz the company ordered a limited batch of 1,000 pairs which you can still buy at 49.90 Euros at the airBalticShop.

As a promotion, Ad agency Eleven, Inc. spent almost eight months with Virgin America designing and executing The Virgin America First Class Shoe. The one-off Italian leather sneakers had a functional Wi-Fi hotspot, LED mood lighting, airline seat belt ankle straps, USB ports and a video screen. The promotional shoes were auctioned off on eBay raising $97,877.77 for Soles4Souls, a not for profit organization that fights poverty by distributing shoes and clothing to those in need.

Ramos Ad-Rock : kicks to Keep

Keep (as in earning your keep) is an independent apparel company which sells vegan shoes. Former Beastie Boy, Ad-Rock aka Adam Horovitz, has designed a new shoe for the company that will help raise money for Planned Parenthood, Pitchfork, NY.

The "Ramos Ad-Rock" was designed for winter warmth and boasts a primarily black design, accented with magenta laces (reference to Planned Parenthood) and an embroidery of "Horovitz" split between the right and left shoe. The shoe is available to pre-order at $US97 a pair and will ship late February 2017.

Earlier this month, Ad-Rock hosted a rally against hate in Brooklyn's Adam Yauch Park, which was renamed for the late Beastie Boy in 2013 and was recently defaced with anti-Semitic, pro-Trump graffiti.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dorothy’s ruby slippers:The Smithsonian turns to Kickstarter

To help fund the repair of Dorothy’s ruby slippers, worn by Judy Garland in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the Smithsonian Institution went to Kickstarter crowdfunding for help for the tentatively-titled On With The Show exhibition, opening in 2018.

The “world’s largest museum and research complex” receives federal assistance to support core functions such as, safeguarding its collections, building operations and maintenance, and staffing. But it also relies on private donations to support many other priorities, including the conservation and exhibition of precious objects like the Ruby Slippers. The ruby slipper project has now been fully funded, and a “stretch goal” of an additional $85,000 had been set to preserve the Scarecrow’s costume for the same exhibition.

The Smithsonian Institution previously funded a project to preserve the original spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong and Alan Shepard during their space missions in the 1960s. The project will prepare the suits for display during a major exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Setting steps for the future

Gentleman’s Radiance: Chocolate Shoes

“Gentleman’s Radiance” is a chocolate line created by master chocolatier, Motohiro Okai of Rihga Royal Hotel’s L’├ęclat, chocolate boutique , in Osaka, Japan. Each leather shoe measures 26 centimeters (10.2 inches) in length, and is crafted exclusively from chocolate, including perfectly replicated seams, insoles and shoelaces. Each pair comes in a set that includes some impressive shoe care accessories, in the form of a shiny shoehorn made from chocolate, along with a tub of “shoe cream” containing round discs of tempered chocolate.

The shoes come with subtle differences in shades of “leather”, with dark, light and red-brown colours available in a realistic shiny finish. The price tag on these edible shoes is on par with a real pair of quality shoes, retailing for 29,160 yen (US$258.45) each.

Motohiro Okai will create nine pairs for Valentine’s Day 2017, and are available via prior reservation.