All Grown Up

Deborah Kiwi

High heeled sandals created from repurposed children shoes, 2023.

Taking a different approach to footwear design, these vibrant pumps are an experiment in repurposing kids shoes. Hence celebrating the sustainability movement. Children outgrow their footwear crazy fast, often within a few months. Seeing these colourful but discarded items pile up in my own home, activated me to collect and transform kiddie shoes. Slowing down the life cycle of the content of our wardrobe. This footwear is created from a combination of deconstructed kids shoes and sandals. After disassembling, the original pattern pieces are restored, altered and reconfigured to become a very fun, one-of-a-kind piece. Turning it into a colourful reminder of a much loved object.

Photo by Shay Ben-Efraim.

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