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Gumshoe - for the sole purpose of clean streets

Monday, August 06, 2018 Amsterdam introduces the Gumshoe, a sneaker with soles made from chewing gum taken from the city’s streets. Designed in collaboration with the companies Publicis One, Explicit Wear and Gum-tec®. The sneaker is meant to raise awareness of the city of Amsterdam’s gum litter problem in a creative and positive way.  

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The streets of the Netherlands accumulate about 1.5 million kilo’s of chewing gum annually! Costing the Dutch municipalities millions of euro’s to remove and clean it. With gumshoe, the Amsterdam metropolitan area aims to stimulate its citizens with a surprising innovation.

Publicis One and Gum-tec® developed a new type of rubber made of chewing gum, which local shoe brand Explicit Wear used in the design for the sneaker, finished with the map of Amsterdam visible on its sole.

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem

Monday, May 28, 2018 Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures sequel at Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem. Designers and artists from all over the world honour the iconic shoe designer Jan Jansen with unique works of art that have been designed and made specially for the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project. Every work of art is inspired by shoes in the private collection of Jan & Tonny Jansen. On show at Rozet in Arnhem. From June 2 till July 31 2018.

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Rozet

Jo Cope at YKK London Showroom

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 Jo Cope’s window display at the YKK London Showroom is an official part of London Craft Week, with an opening night party and live performance to be held on 9th May. Exploring the complex subject of love and its parallels with addiction and relationships, Cope’s collection will be on display until 25th May 2018.

Installation

Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Walking in Wonderland

Friday, April 06, 2018 Discover a new universe; experience a different reality; explore a new way to see the world. Indulge yourself in the otherworldly details in the breathtaking designs of Amber Ambrose Aurèle. Her solo shoe exhibition is on show at the Museu do Calçado, S. João da Madeira in Portugal from April 8 till September 23 2018.

'Sweet things have a strange edge'

Bedouin shoes from Oman

Thursday, March 15, 2018 Mostly this website is about extreme shoes in design and art. But sometimes somebody brings me a shoe with a special story. This February my friend Ap Verheggen brought me a very special birthday gift. When he went to the Sultanate of Oman for his Sunglacier art and science project, he stayed at Bader Al Badri's Sharqiya Sands Bedouincamp camp. Here he found out that from a long tradition Bader wears beautiful traditional nailbinded shoes to protect him from desert animals like scorpions, who are known for their venomous stings. Ap told Bader about my passion for shoes and then he took this pair of shoes back for me!

Sock shoes
During research to find out more about these shoes I found similar shoes at the The National Museum of Oman and the British Museum in London. Bedouins used to wear these, thick socks made from goats hair, in the Empty Quarter desert to protect their feet from thorns, snakes and scorpions.

Nailbinding technique

It's All About Shoes

Monday, March 05, 2018 TeNeues published a new book called 'It's All About Shoes' by British photographer Suzanne Middlemass. A variety of exciting and inspiring street style images with a 'sole' focus on shoes! A must have for or students of footwear fashion, cultural anthropology, fans and admirers of innovative street style fashion, or anyone looking for creative personal style inspiration.

About the Book
Shoes are a staple in every person's wardrobe, but depending on the wearer, they can transform from basic functionality to a unique and compelling fashion accessory that can 'make or break' an outfit as a distinct expression of personal style. From vintage and quirky, to edgy and Goth, and sleek and high-end,' It's All About Shoes' shows an eclectic mix of what fashion-forward mavens choose to put on their feet each morning to make a statement on the everyday runway of city streets.

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 01, 2018 2017 has been a busy and very successful year. With judging at design schools in The Netherlands and Belgium, working on a new set of Workman Publishers New York shoe calendars and 4 shoe exhibitions in Schloss Lichtenwalde in Germany, Műcsarnok Budapest in Hungary, College for Creative Studies Detroit in USA and Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures at Rokin75 in Amsterdam with a first 'No More Shoes' publication.

Big thank you!
I want to thank all artists and designers who have send/lend me their fabulous shoe designs digitally for the online collection or in real exhibitions. And I want to thank Brigitte Woischnik, Joyce de Gruiter, Aki Choklat and Amber Ambrose Aurèle for being my inspiring shoe buddy's and exhibition partners. Charlotte Visser for her photograph and being my Col-lec-tion partner and of course my MultiMediaMan Taco Zwaanswijk, without you I could not have done this journey.

On this website and my social media I will for sure keep you posted on my new plans!

Shoetopia CCS Detroit

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Shoetopia! The first exhibition of its kind in North America to gather contemporary footwear, art, video and related designs into one space, is curated by Liza Snook, founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum and Aki Choklat, Chair of Fashion Accessories Design at CCS. The exhibition looks at shoe design through the lens of seven themes: Metropolis, Ritual, Utopia, Feast, Nocturnal, Techno and Eco. On show from November 3rd till december 16th 2017 at the Valade Family Gallery, Detroit, USA.

Shoetopia features an array of objects, from footwear by international designers like Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela and architect Zaha Hadid, to sculpture, painting and works by artists and designers like Willie Cole, Chris Francis, Fantich & Young, Kobi Levi, Peter Popps and Frederico Uribe.

This exhibition is sponsored by Lisa Applebaum, Nicole Eisenberg, Lynn Gandhi, Danialle Karmanos, The Vivian Pickard Shoe Collection, Sandra Seligman, Julia Reyes Taubman and Molly Valade.

Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures

Sunday, November 12, 2017 Designers and artists from all over the world honour the iconic shoe designer Jan Jansen with unique works of art that have been designed and made specially for the Jan Jansen Shoe Treasures project. Every work of art is inspired by shoes in the private collection of Jan & Tonny Jansen. The artists were given carte blanche to create new objects out of selected Jan Jansen shoes. On show at Rokin 75, Amsterdam, on the 6th floor. From 17 till 20 November 2017.

The exhibition is an initiative by Amber Ambrose Aurèle (art historian and designer under her brand name) and Liza Snook (collector and founder of the Virtual Shoe Museum). For this project, Jan Jansen donated shoes from his private collection, consisting of more than 4.000 models. This includes the iconic 'What is this ?', the 'Bruno', the famous 'hovering wedge' and countless others. The artists had carte blanche to create new objects from the shoes. This resulted in one of a kind artworks, from sculptures with gold leaf to woodcuts and exuberant dolls.

Amber Verstegen

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