Shoe Hoo Hoo

Shoe Hoo Hoo

>>  Seeing as when I last "designed" something, I added a hee-hee to Tee, I thought i'd do the same with Shoe.  Actually, designing is rather a loose term for the t-shirt I did for Borders & Frontiers.  Collaging?  Curating?  I suppose they're all very buzzy words to be touting these days.

I don't want to say I DESIGNED a shoe and talk about lofty influences.  I had a bunch of things I wanted to incoporate that reminded me of this hanging out in Camden when I was wee teen – dodgy yellow patent trousers, fluffy fake fur backpacks and then I wanted to do a shoe that is sort of like my ugly David Bowie silver platform shoes, which I stomp around in constantly because the heel platform is so comfy.  With all that combined, hopefully the effect is that you either love it or hate it.  My main objective was to do a shoe that doesn't really exist out there in shoeland, be it high or lwo.  That may well be for a good reason, depending on how you feel about the combo of lilac ponyskin, neon yellow patent and tan leather.  You're probably all a bit whatevs about it.  It's ok to have indifference or hatred towards said combo by the by. 

Just to recap, Six London, the company behind the production of shoes for brands like bStore and Opening Ceremony asked six bloggers to participate in a shoe collaboration project whereby we got to design our dreeeeeeaaaaaam shoes.  It's not so much a commercial project as it is a fun/creative one where we go to design the shoe that we'd wear as only twenty pairs will go into production, so if the likelihood is that I'm the only person who loves my own shoe, that's all find and dandy.  I've already blah-ed on about the whole 'assuming the position of designer' thing here, so I'll save my breath.

I'm probably going to contradict myself in saying I didn't DESIGN a thing, seeing as I did knock up a moodboard for the purpose of helping Six London's in-house designer Simona Citarella (who like I said has her own fantastic line of shoes now…) to 'get' the idea of what the shoe is vibing off of…


My original sketch image thingy had a back section that sort of wraps around the back to make it into more of a mid-calf boot but in the end, I thought there was already a lot going on to say the least.  Ditto for the karibiner fixture although I think I was just using the shoe as an excuse to bung a karibiner on.  The wood grain leather was alas an ambitious feat, with the time constraints so I went for a plain tan leather instead.


Simona Citarella's much prettier sketch of the shoe that was being worked on as a first prototype…


The first samples/second prototypes are back and we had a wee launch for them in Paris on Monday night where I got to see the shoe in person for the first time, hold it in my hand and get excited about wearing it (all instances where I have neon yellow and lilac in my wardrobe are being quickly scanned through in my head…).  The curve on the heel at the back was a touch I didn't anticipate but actually gives the shoe more symmetry.  The lilac ponyskin is going to be slightly less pinky and more purply when it does go into its limited production run of 20. 



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There's are sketches by all the other bloggers including a dainty bow shoe by Cherry Blossom Girl, a studded ankle boot by Man Repeller and a leafy desert boot by my Steve of Style Salvage all on the Far Fetch page along with some instagram type pics of us at the factory too back in August.  I'll be following up with an extra BIG thank you to Cesar, aka the shoe god who made my difficult shoe happen…


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  1. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    2011-10-05 at 10:39 PM

    Wow, can’t wait to see wearing it!

  2. Joy

    2011-10-05 at 11:47 PM

    it looks freaking amazing. unlike anything else on the market right now! just when you thought there cannot be any more original creations!

  3. babylovesfashion

    2011-10-06 at 12:36 AM

    lol sooo cool!!!

  4. Olive

    2011-10-06 at 3:09 AM

    amazing shoes!!

  5. dina

    2011-10-06 at 5:48 AM
  6. Kamicha

    2011-10-06 at 6:42 AM

    Oh wow, they are bold! Glad you were one of the bloggers invited to this!
    I would not have guessed that the carabins are a detail left out from the final design. Anyway, great result!

  7. Rochelle

    2011-10-06 at 8:05 AM

    Oh my. Those are so cool. Looks really amazing.

  8. window treatments Atlanta

    2011-10-06 at 8:11 AM

    I think Susie, this is awesome. Nice design platforms with good color combination.

  9. Natasha

    2011-10-06 at 9:29 AM

    That is so awesome, I loved reading this post and the shoe looks fabulous!! Your blog is wonderful by the way, I find it so inspirational 🙂 xx the garage gypsy

  10. Paula

    2011-10-06 at 10:18 AM
  11. arben

    2011-10-06 at 10:51 AM


  12. Pearl

    2011-10-06 at 6:19 PM

    I’m not so sure about the colour of those shoes.

  13. Broodon

    2011-10-06 at 6:49 PM

    Amazing! You are very talented!!!!!

  14. Lydia

    2011-10-06 at 10:14 PM

    Wow, great job. What an awesome opportunity! You must be so stoked.

  15. Stéphanie

    2011-10-07 at 11:27 AM

    I really like this project, your approach to it and what you mentioned about “design”. Nice photo of the heel although I confirm that this is not what I would wear 🙂 I rather like it as an object to look at. That was nice meeting you on that occasion as well!

  16. Casol Villas France

    2011-10-07 at 1:46 PM

    Great inspiration ! This is pretty out of the ordinary !
    Thank you for this article.

  17. nikki

    2011-10-29 at 8:14 PM

    the shoes remind me of this::
    which i love to pieces!
    long time reader, first time commenter. keep it coming!

  18. wow!

    2012-03-03 at 5:28 PM

    can I buy this shoes? if yes – where?

  19. Sandra

    2016-01-15 at 9:27 PM

    amasing boots really i like that design

  20. Bethany P.

    2017-05-25 at 2:39 PM

    From the initial sketch to the finished product, all I can say is Wow! These look really amazing.

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