Daniel Charkow

Daniel Charkow x Chantelle, 2020.

This shoe was made for the Shoes Have Names exhibition in collaboration with Jo Cope and Shelter UK which uses the power of craft to bring awareness to the individuals who face homelessness and eviction each day.

This shoe is inspired by Chantelle’s resilience, drive and independence throughout her battle with homelessness. The gravity defying straps suspended by magnetic force is a visual representation of the force and struggle Chantelle overcomes on a daily basis. The upper of the shoe wraps around the foot like a protective blanket portraying the warmth and comfort Shelter provided for Chantelle during her darkest days. The shoe is completely lined with a custom designed floral print by Central Saint Martins student Maya Lee to showcase her feminine and infectious personality. All these different elements combined create a unique sculptural shoe that reflects the story of an inspiring woman, and therefore the only fitting name for the shoe is Chantelle.

Photo by Dan Lowe.

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