Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nike's self-lacing sneakers

Nike is releasing their fully functioning, self-tying shoes at select stores throughout the United States on Nov. 28. 2016. The HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes employ what Nike calls “adaptive fit” technology in order to adjust to the individual wearer’s feet and aside from flashy LED lights they have a relatively simple design.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Would you pay to have your shoes repaired?

The Swedish Government believe by reducing the cost for labour it will decrease ‘the buy cheap and throw away culture’ and encourage instead a greater consumer confidence in ‘repair mentality.’ The Budget for 2017 will offer tax refunds to people who get their white goods repaired, like washing machines and dishwashers. The VAT rate will be cut from 25% to 12%, and the tax refund will let people reclaim half the labour cost of a repair to white goods and kitchen stoves. Further VAT rates charged on minor repairs to things like bicycles, shoes and clothes will also be reduced. The latest plan is being promoted as a way to create jobs for people who do not have high educational qualifications.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Suit: Form, Function and Style

The Suit: Form, Function and Style by Christopher Breward is a must for all those interested in the history of menswear, this beautifully illustrated book offers new perspectives on this most mundane, and poetic, product of modern culture. The Suit unpicks the story of this most familiar garment, from its emergence in western Europe at the end of the seventeenth century to today. Suit-wearing figures such as the Savile Row gentleman and the Wall Street businessman have long embodied ideas of tradition, masculinity, power and respectability, but the suit has also been used to disrupt concepts of gender and conformity. Adopted and subverted by women, artists, musicians and social revolutionaries through the decades – from dandies and Sapeurs to the Zoot Suit and Le Smoking – the suit is also a device for challenging the status quo.

At last the evening athletic shoe.

As American fashion has become more casual sneakers have been elevated as high-end status symbols. Mainstream designers are now designing upscale sneakers to be worn on the fashion catwalks. With prices like $495 for a pair of cap-toe Lanvins to $895 for studded Valentinos these have become the preserve of the must have bella figure. Upscale sneakers are designed to go with slim jeans, tailored dress pants and the stylish suit.

For women, pairing fashionable sneakers into businesswear and formal attire, has been a challenge for designers. But where there is a market there is a way and high fashion sneakers are being sold to women from $695 high-tops by Isabel Marant to $990 crystal-encrusted Gucci slip-ons.

Comfortable rubber soled canvas topped kicks are also proving popular with brides and for $60, you can buy a pair of monogrammed Keds from their wedding collection .

Saturday, September 17, 2016


wikiFeet is a photo compilation website that exclusively shows photos of female celebrities’ feet. The site brings in over three million users each month and features hundreds of photos of the feet of actresses, singers, models and politicians. The tens of thousands of photos are often based on ordinary photoshoots and paparazzi shots of celebrities in sandals or barefoot. Photos are often zoomed in to show the feet alone. Each profile lists the subject’s nationality, shoe size, and a rating of her feet out of five, accompanied by five labels ranging from ‘beautiful’ to ‘ugly’. Currently Emma Watson appears to have the most highly-rated feet but the shoe less Hillary Clinton has caught subscribers’ attention. Even former Australian PM., Julia Gillard and her wardrobe malfunction, under pressure gets a mention.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Shoes and chocolate: A Texas Company has the answer

Cacao & Cardamom in Houston, Texas have the perfect sweet treat for the shoe lover: Christian Louboutin chocolate heels. Made from special molds the most complex part of the process was the red soles. The chocolate shoes have become a big favorite with their customers.