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!
Bedouin shoes from Oman
Bedouin shoes from Oman

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
This is a fabric creation technique predating both knitting and crochet. Also known as 'knotless knitting or single needle knitting', the technique is distinct from crochet in that it involves passing the full length of the working thread through each loop, unlike crochet where the work is formed only of loops, never involving the free end. It also differs from knitting in that lengths must be pieced together during the process of nailbinding, rather than a continuous strand of yarn that can easily be pulled out.

Sharqiya Sands Bedouincamp
Bader Al Badri's desert camp is located in the stunning Sharqiya (Wahiba) Sands. A 15 km 4WD ride from Al Wasil.
GPS: 22°23′21.26″N 58°42′36.76″E

The Sultanate of Oman is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. The Arabian Peninsula is the original home of the Bedouin. From here they started to spread out to surrounding deserts, forced out by the lack of water and food. According to tradition, the Saudi Bedouin are descendants of two groups: the Yemenis, settled in the Southwestern Arabia, in the mountains of Yemen and the Qaysis, settled in North-Central Arabia.

Monday, December 21, 2015 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2016' in Vienna on April 28. 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 1 2016. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 10 2016.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2016
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2016

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2016 Vienna: conditions for participation:

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

Purpose and goal
The creativity and skill of the profession is to be demonstrated in order to draw attention to the international proficiency of the craft of shoemaking.

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 1 2016 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs
None.

Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of any other persons attending the shoemaker's ball in 2015 are to be paid by the participants.

Submission of the 'Crazy Shoe'’
The 'Crazy Shoe' must be received by March 10 2016 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna)
with a description of the 'Crazy Shoe' (idea description, materials used, labor intensity) with photos of the working steps (jpg file). The images are shown at the ceremony in a digital photo frame. Late arrivals will not come in the standings and will be returned.

Evaluation, selection and jury
The 1st Evaluation of the submissions will be carried out on March 15, 2016 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 28, 2016 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 16, 2016 by email, that he/she is among the 15 nominated participants. The nominated participant must report to us via email or phone his commitment or his cancellation no later than March 24, 2016. If the deadline expires, the next highest participant is re-nominated.

Presence of the participant
The nominated participant must be present for the final round on April 28, 2016 or send a representative. If the nominee or his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe is removed from the competition!

Presentation of participation piece
The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 28, 2016 himself or he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes.
The practice will take place before the ceremony, the participants will be informed on March 16, 2016 about the beginning of the practice.

Prizes
As part of the ceremony, on April 28 2016 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 sent back after the ceremony by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. 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-April 2017 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers. 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 28, 2016 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:
Saturday April 28, 2016
Ceremony 'Award for the Crazy Shoe 2016 Vienna'

Download your registration form here

The winners 2015 are Kirsten Sandvoss 'Käseschuhe' and Heinz Müller 'Alice.
© Verein zur Förderung d. Schuhmacherhandwerks/APA-Fotoservice/Preiss

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Basel's next Museum Night will take place on Friday 16th January 2015. Because of the current exhibition 'History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes' at the Spielzeug Welten Museum their night programme will be a big celebration of shoes. From 18.00 til 2.00 there will be various shoe performances, tap dancing, shoe making, flip-flop workshops and shoe games. So put on your party shoes and come dance with us!
Basel Museum Night 2015
Basel Museum Night 2015

Special shoe exhibition at the Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel from 18 October 2014 – 6 April 2015, in collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery from England and the Virtual Shoe Museum. This special exhibition is devoted to an everyday object that for millennia has served to protect the soles of men, women and children: the shoe.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel Museum Night program for Friday 16th January 2015
All events are suitable for children

Coloro. The performance 'Shoes', a show developed exclusively for the Toy World Museum in Basle, will feature in the museum’s display window. Coloro – these are the Swiss artists Cornelia Clivio, Lorenz Matter and Romano Carrara. Numerous awards, seven years as a team and over 700 performances of their show 'Stage TV' on national and international stages attest to their success. 

Performance times: 18.00, 18.20, 18.40, etc. till 01.40

Tap dancing. Try tap dancing. And enjoy live performances by professional dancers. Experience how fascinating it is to generate rhythmic sounds through dance. Learn the first simple steps and routines under instruction from the tap dance professionals. The instructors will demonstrate how the perfect tap dance looks and sounds.

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoeshine boys. Take a seat and have your shoes cleaned as in the days of old. During the 1920s and 1930s, young men offered their services as shoe cleaners in many cities. This tradition will experience a revival during the night of the museum. With a professional polish, two young men will bring a little lustre to the Museums Night.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoemaking with Thomas Murphy. Learn how a shoe is made. Experience how custom-made shoes are still handcrafted today and try your hand at shoemaking yourself. Thomas Murphy is one of the best-known shoemakers in the world. He designs for the collections under his own shoe label and is responsible for the children’s range 'Chapter 2'. His creations are sold in boutiques around the world. Thomas Murphy teaches at the highly respected Royal College of Art in London and crafts creative shoes that have their grand appearance on the catwalks of the fashion metropolises. 

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoe race. The Formula 1 of remote-controlled shoes. Hit the gas pedal and win. You’re in the running with us, not with model cars, but with remote-controlled shoes. The winners will be presented with a small prize. Good luck at the shoe Grand Prix! 
Suitable for children 
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00
Mould a chocolate shoe. A highlight for those with a sweet tooth. You can mould shoes in chocolate all night long, and take them with you to indulge in later. Call by and sweeten your Museums Night. 

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

For shoe masters. Play, score and win. A shoe table-top football game and various interactive shoe games guarantee plenty of excitement and lots of fun. Play the night away.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Flip-flop workshop. Together with the famous shoe designers Kobi Levi from Israel, Aki Choklat from Finland and Stuart Thom from Italy, you can create your own personalised flip-flops and take them home. Classical, eccentric, understated, colourful, glamorous, decorative or stylish. Whatever your heart desires. Everything you need is provided by the museum free of charge: glitter, sequins, beads and feathers – and of course, also pairs of flip-flops in two sizes and colours.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Don’t forget: If you’re feeling famished or just a little peckish, fine Italian specialities and other delicacies are waiting for you at Ristorante La Sosta. Treat yourself to a break from culture and plan a culinary intermezzo with us.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle)
Museum, shop and restaurant
Opening hours during the Museum Night 16th January 2015: 18.00 until 2.00
Steinenvorstadt 1
CH-4051 Basel

Friday, January 09, 2015 - The Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, will hand out the 'The Crazy Shoe Award 2015' in Vienna on April 25 as part of the Viennese Shoemaker’s Ball 2015. 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 3 2015. The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 31 2015.
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2015
Vienna Crazy Shoe Award 2015

Award for the Crazy Shoe 2015 Vienna: conditions for participation:
Organizer
Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.

Purpose and goal
The creativity and skill of the profession is to be demonstrated in order to draw attention to the international proficiency of the craft of shoemaking.

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 3, 2015 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna).

Participation costs
None.

Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of any other persons attending the shoemaker's ball in 2015 are to be paid by the participants.

Submission of the ‘Crazy Shoe’
The ‘Crazy Shoe’ must be received by March 31 2015 (at Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers, Rudolf Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria) with a description of the ‘Crazy Shoe’ (idea description, materials used, labor intensity) and, if possible, with photos of the working steps. (jpg file, please save the photos on a USB stick, if possible). The images are shown at the Vienna Shoemaker’s Ball 2015 in a digital photo frame for the visitors vote. 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 April 7 2015 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 25, 2015 as part of the Shoemaker's Ball 2015, in the Colosseum XXI. The final round will be conducted by the visitors and 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 3 places will be made by the visitor votes and the jury votes 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 April 8 2015 by e-mail, that she/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 April 13 2015. If the deadline expires, the next highest participant is re-nominated.

Presence of the participant
The nominated participant must be present for the final round on April 25, 2015 or send a representative. If the nominee or her/his representative is not present, the Crazy Shoe will be removed from the competition.

Presentation of participation piece
The nominated participant must demonstrate his shoe at the finals on April 25 2015 her/himself or she/he has to bring a person to demonstrate the shoes. The practice is at 17:00, the final round begins at 24:00 on April 25 2015 in the Colosseum XXI.

Prizes
As part of the Shoemaker's Ball 2015, on April 25 2014 in the Colosseum XXI 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 sent back by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes are presented a year in Vienna Shoe Museum, 1080 Vienna, Florianigasse 66, and we will be sent back in end-April 2016 by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers. The transport costs will be covered by the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers.

The 15 best shoes contestants will receive an honourable invite from the Vienna State Guild of shoemakers and orthopedic shoemakers (valid for 2 people) for the Shoemaker's Ball on April 25 2014 (recommended arrival on Friday April 24/departure on Sunday April 26 2015). Accommodation and travel costs for the finalists, as well as additional costs of other persons attending the Shoemaker's Ball 2015 are to be paid by the participants. Please indicate on the registration form how many people you will attend.

The program:
Friday April 24 2015
• Meeting point by at 15.00 clock in the reception of the commercial building, Rudolf-Sallinger-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna, Austria.
• Tour of the Vienna Shoe Museum with a champagne reception and refreshments and possibly a press conference.
• Heuriger evening (dinner at a Viennese restaurant in wine country).

Saturday April 25 2015
• Shoemaker's Ball 2015 in Vienna in the Colosseum XXI, Wien 21, Sebastian-Kohl-G. 3-9/21.

Download your registration form here

Photo: Audrey, Carnivore shoe by Lisa Brumbauer, winner of the Crazy Shoe Award 2014.

Thursday, July 04, 2013 - Dutch product design studio led by Tjeerd Veenhoven proudly presents its new line of vegan sandals: Palmetti. They are made of Palmleather, an organic and biodegradable material made from the shed bark of palm trees. To realize this project they started a crowdfunding campaign.
Palmetti, biodegradable vegan sandals
Palmetti, biodegradable vegan sandals

Both Palmetti and Palmleather were developed by Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven and are manufactured as close to their source as possible, in a small production unit located in Gadag, in the rural area of southern India.While Palmetti is a new product, Palmleather as a project exists for over two years. One of the many opportunities this upgraded material presents is the possibility to replace plastic, rubber or leather in numerous products such as book covers, mobile phone and tablet sleeves, bags and carriers, and of course, sandals.

Palmetti is not only ecologically but also socially responsible. The production unit in which they are manufactured is intentionally kept to a maximum of 30 workers to ensure proper working conditions as well as social cohesion. This small scale makes the unit work as a family, rather than as a group of line workers.

Palmetti and various other Palmleather products are currently only available through their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. 'We want to raise enough funds to build a second production unit in India. This will let us ensure proper working conditions for both units, without resorting to what sadly is common practice in India (overcrowded facilities, extremely low wages, forced unpaid overtime, etc.). That is simply no option for us.' says Veenhoven.

With this campaign, we’re asking for your contribution to build a second artisanal production unit in India, maintaining the same firm commitment to the environment and the community with which we started working in that country. We believe a system free of sweatshops and greed is the right way to do business but we need your help to make this happen. In return for your collaboration you’ll be the first to receive a pair of Palmettis, a tablet sleeve or a personalized Palmleather bag made especially for this campaign. Thanks for helping the humble sandal make a difference!

Support this wonderful project.

Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven

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