Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Feet are Killing Me

Marla Gentry, Workman Shoe Calendar

Every morning at 5:30 AM, Marla comes into the kitchen and looks at her page-a-day “Shoe Calendar” from Workman Publishing.  Each day it features an amazing shoe design, past and present. It’s part of her ritual before making coffee or looking at her horoscope. She LOVES shoes. I’ve tagged along with her on shoe shopping expeditions in Paris, Madrid, Cannes, Florence. . . and Nordstrom’s anywhere!  Along with all her shoes she has also collected a whole series of shoe expressions such as, “I can only wear these at the dinner table” or “These are gorgeous but how can they expect anyone to wear them!” I’m sure you get the story.

Shoes for women and men have symbolized class and status, style and fashion, and individual expression for centuries.  Fashion lovers are flocking to see, “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe,” at the Brooklyn Museum. The show features 160 extreme designs even Lady Gaga would envy! The exhibit catalog features Christian Louboutin’s “Printnz” from 2013.

Salvatoare Ferragamo, Florence

Salvatore Ferragamo designed these colorful platform sandals in 1938.  I remember the first time I visited the Ferragamo boutique in Florence many years ago. My favorite shoes are by Ferragmo.

Vivienne Westwood, shoes

Vivienne Westwood created this design in 1993. The expression “Break a leg” in show business would also apply to wearing these crazies!

Italian, Chopine

Stylish and aristocratic Italian women way back in the 16th century enjoyed high heels. This “Chopine” dates from 1550-1650, and is made with silk and metal.

Prada, shoes

Prada designed these flaming red wedge heels in 2012.

Lady Gaga, United Nude,shoes

Of course Lady Gaga loved these shoes from United Nude.  You can say “there is something crawling on my foot” and people will believe you!

United Nude, Iris van Herpen, shoes

United Nude teamed with Iris van Herpen on these 3-D printed shoe creations.

19th century China, Manchu, shoes

This pair of shoes was worn by Chinese Manchu women in the 19th century.

Jantamiau L'Image Tranquille

You can say you are “on top of the world” wearing Jantamiau’s L’Image Tranquille 2013 shoe.

Japanese fashion, Masaya Kushino

Japanese fashion shoe designers are in a class by themselves when it comes to exotic creations. “Bird-witched” is by Masaya Kushino.

vintage Geta shoes, Kyoto, Japan

Many years ago we found these vintage Geta shoes while hunting Japanese antiques in Kyoto for our Wesco Fabrics’ showroom at the Denver Design District. Marla gives them a try while channeling her best Geisha routine!

new Geta shoe, Marla Gentry

This updated version fits better!

***Check out the YouTube video of the exhibit:

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