Monday, November 19, 2018 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2019' in Vienna on April 24 2019. Europe sure needs more crazy shoes, so you (when based in Europe) are invited to join the competition and send in your registration form until February 11 2019. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 13 2019.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2019
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2019

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2019 Vienna: conditions for participation:

Organizer
Vienna State Guild of shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna.

Participants
All establishments’ shoemakers, shoe designers, shoe manufacturers from Europe.

Authorizing the participation of the piece
The shoe design must be wearable (women size 35-41, men’s size 39-47) and must be made by the participant.

Number of competition entries
Each participant may only submit one pair of 'Crazy Shoes'.

Registration
The registration form must be received until February 11 2019 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs
None.

Submission of the 'Crazy Shoe'
The 'Crazy Shoe' must be received by March 13 2019 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna)
- with a description of the "Crazy Shoe" (name of the Crazy Shoe, idea description, materials used, labor intensity)
- with the song (mp3 file, time = 3 minutes at least), played during the presentation of the Crazy Shoe on the catwalk, please save the song on a USB stick and
- with photos of the working steps (jpg file, please save the photos on a USB stick).
Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and Jury
The first Evaluation of the submissions will be carried out on March 19 2019 by a panel of experts and laymen, and in the presence of a lawyer. The evaluation and selection of shoes by the Jury is based on a point system.
The top 15 pairs of shoes go on to the final round on April 24 2019 as part of the ceremony, in the Studio 44. The final round will be conducted by a panel of experts and prominent figures from politics and art, and in the presence of a lawyer. The selection of shoes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be made on a point system.
The Jury's decision is final. Jury members may not participate in the contest.

Notification of the nominated participant
The participant will be notified on March 20 2019 by e-mail, that he is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via e-mail or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than March 27 2019. If the deadline expires, the next highest participant is re-nominated.

Presence and presentation of the participant
The nominated participant must be present for the final round on April 24 2019 or send a representative. If the nominee or his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe is removed from the competition. The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 24, 2019 himself or he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes. A Person can demonstrate only one Crazy Shoe. The practice will take place before the ceremony, the participants will be informed on March 20 2019 about the beginning of the practice.

Prizes
As part of the ceremony, on April 24 2019 in the Studio 44 the top three pairs of shoes will be awarded with a winning trophy, certificates and a prize.
1. Prize in worth of € 1.500,-
2. Prize in worth of € 750,-
3. Prize in worth of € 350,-

More information
Submissions received that do not come in the finals will be shown at the ceremony on April 24 2019 and will be sent back after the ceremony by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The shoes can be returned only to an address in Europe. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers.
The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and will be sent back in end of April 2020 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. The shoes can be returned only to an address in Europe. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers.
The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the ceremony, on April 24 2019 in the Studio 44.

Accommodation and travel costs
For the finalists, as well as additional costs are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form if you come alone or with an extra person.

The program
Ceremony 'Award for the Crazy Shoe 2017 Vienna'
Wednesday April 24 2019

Download your registration form.

The winner 2018 is Julia Suppanz from Germany with her 'Queen Bee' shoes.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - A set of illustrated shoe cards with an instruction booklet to discover yourself via all types of shoes. Written by Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam and illustrated by Sabine Paul. Learn more about yourself though these cards. A perfect gift for fiends and shoe lovers!
Schuhrakel
Schuhrakel

Shoe cards with tips and recipes for body, mind, soul and feet
Who am I? Answers to this probably most important question of life can be found in philosophy, in cardholders or - in these 44 shoe cards, with unusual shoe illustrations that illuminate all aspects of femininity. Humorous wrapped wisdom opens up new perspectives and encourages you to let go of 'old shoes'. Discover sensuous, feminine and effective ways to face the challenges of everyday life in a surprisingly elegant way. Tips, tricks and secrets for women who no longer want to go over and invite more self-esteem.

In this set of cards you will discover lots of wonderful illustrated shoes from the Virtual Shoe Museum, which were used for inspiration, like: 'Miao' shoes by Kobi Levi, 'Crocheted peeptoe' by Olek, the extreme 'Heels the Feet' by Aoi Kotsuhiroi and the Day°Dreamed by Janine van den Bosch. They illustrate feelings like for example respect & empathy.

The authors, both based in Munich, Germany:

Blogger and author Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam
She grew up in a parental hotel in the center of Munich, where she was able to gain intensive experience by meeting guests from all over the world. After graduating from high school, she studied sociology while at the same time devoting herself to her passion at that time, the oriental belly dance, teaching and performing.
After a detour to the real estate industry, she has been a successful business woman in the area of occupational pensions in the insurance sector since 1989. In addition, Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam has worked intensively with yoga, far eastern fighting and energy techniques, qigong but also with wood sculpting, nude drawing and the topic of femininity. She loves to dance tango with her husband, and through her preoccupation with her foot problems, which forced her into an involuntary tango break, found her calling: to combine body knowledge with her ability to write about it. She is a blogger and author. It was probably her preoccupation with her body and the art that contributed to Birgit Faschinger-Reitsam learning to listen and to see. Things and bodies are not pure matter for them. They tell her stories that she curiously questions and explores, rather than dismissing them as fantasies. Her teacher is the language. Be it the deeper meaning of some simply said phrases, be it the body language or the language of things. All this knowledge has flowed into the suggestions and practical tips on the shoe squeegee cards.

Painter and graphic artist, Sabine Paul
Even at school, her works adorned the walls of the schoolhouse. She had a creative career: after the FOS design and training as a photographer, she moved to the United States to study graphic design at the California College of Art and Craft, SF + Oakland. Back in Munich, she worked in Schwabing in an advertising agency. Until 2009, she led the traditional restaurant, Burg Pilgersheim, for 8 years. By the way, she was an independent graphic designer. In the WIRKSÄTTE, her shop, she devoted herself to textile design. Social involvement is important to her, she supports the art forum HMP with her work and implements creative projects at a middle school with her pupils.
Sabine Paul is a picture creator. When you paint objects on paper and canvas, they do not simply depict, they give things a soul. In doing so she approaches a theme with quickly made sketches. After that, she needs distance, which allows her to question her ideas and find the appropriate technique. Only then will the designs be implemented. At the same time, Sabine Paul does not shy away from rejecting already well-advanced works, and then completing them with a new perspective.

The making of Schuhrakel
Countless shoes first needed to be viewed, photographed, analyzed and selected, until at the end 44 meaningful models, with the right message, were found. Most of the shoes, while held in oil on canvas, have undergone a transformation: they have been fitted with new materials, heels and colors. Sabine's imagination did not stop at feathers, clouds or strawberry-cream biscuits.

Using Schuhrakel
The authors suggest choosing a shoe model that appeals to you and then reading the corresponding description in the companion book. You can use the cards set the way you like it, because in the end it will work out the same way. Because the beauty of such affirmations in connection with a detailed accompanying text is that we automatically feel attracted to the statement that suits us best at the moment. These cards are not Tarot cards: they don't 'predict the future'. Affirmations can help us to enrich our daily flood of thoughts with some valuable, positive thoughts. With fortune-telling or divination, these cards have nothing to do.

Reviews and recommendations
• The participants of my foot lessons had a lot of fun.
• Great source of inspiration!
• I'll take the cards directly to a friend tonight and we'll celebrate together in front of the fireplace with a cheese plate and red wine.
• What a great idea!
• We had an almost philosophical evening thanks to these cards.

Product information
Cards: 44 illustrated shoe cards
Booklet: 108 pages
Publisher: Frauenschuh-Verlag
Language: German
ISBN 10: 9783981923803
ISBN-13: 9783981923803
ASIN: 3981923804
Size : 10.1 x 3.2 x 13.7 cm

You can buy your Schuhrakel here:
Frauenschuh Verlag
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Monday, September 24, 2018 - Saturday 29 september at 16.00 the Virtual Shoe Museum and Paper Art & Design organise an unique exhibition about paper shoes. An exhibition about fashion, the environment and paper shoes in the headlights of our cultural history. What can you expect? A complete research for a wearable and circular shoe. Chinese offering paper shoes. Boots, stilettos and slippers made from vintage paper. Cardboard sneakers. And more to see… so come, see, walk and admire!
See, walk and admire!
See, walk and admire!

Participating designers and artists of See, walk and admire!
Petra Beins, Marloes ten Böhmer, Jennifer Collier, Naoto Fukasawa, Peter Jakubik, Heleen Overbeek, Marielle Wichards, Tea Petrovic, Don Kilpatrick, Mark O'Brien, Jurjen Semeijn, Benyamin Tesfai, Elisabeth Thorsten, Marie Verstegen and Lenie Voortman.

Paper Art & Design!
A gallery, shop and workshop for art and objects made out of paper. It is situated in what was formerly Vroom Modemagazijn established on Weimarstraat in 1936 and is now the new centre for art and culture in The Hague.

Paper Art & Design offers a platform for expositions and sales to national and international artists working with paper or cardboard. The exposition room consists of large display windows directly facing the street and the front part of the large space. Lately we have seen many developments regarding paper art and design. An increasing number of artists and designers are using the unique characteristics of paper; and Paper Art & Design strives to propagate the properties and versatility of paper.

Loes Schepens, artist and owner of the gallery
My work can be seen as a memory or an emotion. I frequently use handmade paper that I make my self, a process that has to form and develop. I also work with re-used paper such as the tatters of a book, which relates directly to the content of the artwork.

Paper making is labour-intensive, even more so if you make it from durable materials such as cotton and flax. Paper has its limitations and also its own language. You cannot make any shape you wish but you can try manipulating it until you discover new techniques which get you what you are looking for. The challenge lies in the making of your own paper, so that you can explore the boundaries of the material. The really attractive aspect of paper is that it is fragile, vulnerable and translucent, it has its unique physicality. For me paper has an association with both the evanescence and the finite. I try to catch its vulnerability in form, with pulp: conceptualising, binding, folding, sewing. It evolves from the ephemeral to the timeless. Design strives to propagate the properties and versatility of paper.

Liza Snook, founder Virtual Shoe Museum
Liza Snook has been collecting everything related to shoes since the study at the Royal Academy of Art. To share her passion, more than ten years ago she founded the Virtual Shoe Museum with the help of her partner Taco Zwaanswijk. A website with designer shoes from almost all shoe designers. Museums around the world ask Liza to program exhibitions about shoes in art and design. In addition, she also works for Workman Publishers in New York as image researche , judges at design schools in the Netherlands and abroad and she helps young designers at the start of their careers.

Heleen Overbeek, designer Foot-Print
As a shoe designer, Heleen Overbeek examines how your shoes can be less environmentally damaging. She wants to calculate in the design how long a shoe should last. That is why Heleen designs shoes that can be used for a maximum of 30 days from degradable material such as paper. If they are worn, you can have them recycled by simply throwing the shoes in the paper bin. So Heleen makes your shoes from tomorrow out of your shoes yesterday. The paper disposable shoes from this exhibition come from the projects Foot-Print (2016) and EXP: RED (2018).

Loes Schepens | Paper Art & Design
Paper Art & Design
Paper Art & Design
Weimarstraat 56
2562 GZ The Hague
The Netherlands

Opening exhibition: Saturday 29 September, 16.00 uur.
Exhibition is on show till January 5th 2019.

Lectures Liza Snook & Heleen Overbeek Saturday 27 October, 16.00 uur.

Opening hours gallery
Thursday 12-5 PM
Friday 12-5 PM
First Saturday of the month 12-5 PM
T +31 (0)6 246 38 700

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 - nat-2™ launches vegan sneakers made from real coffee & real grass. German high end sneaker brand nat-2™ presents vegan luxury sneakers. The result looks anything but the usual eco stuff.
Wake Up Sneakerheads!
Wake Up Sneakerheads!

Coffee
The 100% vegan, unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from real sustainable recycled coffee, coffee beans and coffee plant, which covers up to 50% of the shoe’s surface, depending on each style. The coffee is applied to a layer and got the natural coffee scent. The feel is very smooth and fine, while you can smell the coffee and see the material’s natural texture. The patented material was developed in Germany and the final sneakers are 100% handmade in Italy and produced under fair conditions in a new family-run high-tech facility. The type of coffee used varies upon a sustainable availability.
To order: vegan luxury sneakers made from real coffee

Grass
German high end sneaker brand nat-2™ presents vegan luxury sneakers made from real grass, from Austrian or Bavarian meadow hayfield.
The 100% vegan, unisex sneaker’s uppers are made from real sustainable recycled hay, grass and flowers which cover up to 50% of the shoe’s surface, depending on each style. The hayfield is pressed and applied to a layerbase and got the natural mountain scent. The feel is very unique and natural, while you can smell the alpine hayfield and see the material’s natural texture. The patented material was developed in Germany and Austria while the final sneakers are 100% handmade in Italy and produced under fair conditions in a new family-run high-tech facility.
To order: vegan luxury sneakers made from real grass

All shoes are 100% vegan and equipped with a soft padded, anti-bacterial real cork insole. The glue is free from animal ingredients, the outsoles are made from real rubber and the upper features nat-2™ signature reflective glass details for a better visibility and a techy look. The parts looking like suede or nappa leather are made from recycled PET bottles.

nat-2™ | German engineered high-end sneakers
A luxury state of the art footwear brand based in Munich, Germany. Driven by true innovation x supreme quality. Founder and designer Sebastian Thies has risen from one of the oldest shoe-dynasties in Europe, representing the 6th generation shoemaker & -creator since 1856.

More sneakers by nat-2 at the VirtualShoeMuseum.

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.  
Gumshoe - for the sole purpose of clean streets
Gumshoe - for the sole purpose of clean streets

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.

Amsterdam introduces the Gum shoe, a sneaker with soles made from chewing gum taken from the city’s streets. Designed in collaboration with 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.

Buy your Gumshoes here, we chewiate your support!
The sneakers will be available, in limited edition, at Gumshoe Amsterdam.

Photo © Gumshoe

Find more shoes made of Chewing gum at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

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