February 16th, 2012
In a world of mass-produced and factory-made footwear, it’s a refreshing sight to see a pair of handsome handmade shoes.
Using natural materials, imagination and some traditional techniques, a shoemaker creates functional masterpieces for our feet.
Sometimes the results look so good, you won’t know whether to wear them or frame them on the wall.
Hand knitted shoes
Photo by Amy Gizienski
Hand made joker shoe
Photo by Keith Williamson
Hand woven snow shoes
Photo by Mary Anne Enriquez
Hand painted shoes
Photo by Shannon Kringen
Hand moulded shoes
Photo by Inger Maaike
Hand chiseled shoes
Photo by Sicko Atze van Dijk
Hand sewn shoes
Photo by Shi Yali
Hand decorated shoes
Photo by Amir Taj
October 20th, 2011
These days the world seems to spin faster. Everything needs doing yesterday.
It’s cyberspace this and ASAP that as we fiddle with our super fast gadgets and everything everywhere is just a little bit HECTIC! Except … if you’re wearing handmade shoes.
The embodiment of culture and calm, those lucky enough to wear handmade shoes have all the time in the world to savour life’s magic moments.
Drink coffee in a Parisian cafe
Take time to enjoy coffee the Parisian way
Photo by Ilolab
Think sepia, think sophistication, drink fresh ground coffee in your handmade shoes and beret.
Sit en plien air in a cafe right out of 1950’s Paris, soak up the sounds and smells in the historic home of Bohemian lifestyle.
Play chess in the park
Play chess with strangers
Photo by Malias
Wearing trusty leather shoes
and old school scarf, stroll to the park and enjoy a game of chess with an intriguing stranger.
In between long pensive pauses, quote Tolstoy and Nietzsche before decisively toppling the king. Checkmate.
Hang out in a classy jazz joint
Mingle with the jazz crowd
Photo by Fabio Venni
Mingle with the jazz crowd and bathe in the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, as you tap the fine leather soles below your feet.
Escape from the outside world, settle with a stiff drink and bathe in the improvised sounds of musical free expression.
Enjoy a date on a boating lake
Serenade a beauty on a boating lake
Photo by Steve Webster
Serenade a beauty whilst bobbing gently on the ripples of a boating lake.
A sturdy pair of handmade shoes will help avoid any slip ups on this love lead adventure.
Watch a black and white film
Enjoy a classic black and white film
Photo by Bo Nielsen
Find a charming old cinema where you can hear the flicker of the projector and watch a black and white film.
The nostalgic motion pictures will remind you that good things are made to last.
Play guitar as the sun sets
Play guitar to the setting sun
Photo by Edward Murray
Whether you can play guitar or not, the last hour of sunlight is the perfect time to strum away.
With spectacular colours enhancing the horizon, the musical motions will ease the passage from day to night. Lovingly wrapped in handmade shoes, toes will tap in time.