Who needs TV these days when we’ve got the world wide web to entertain us? And it’s not just blogs and shoe sales keeping us glued to our monitors, the so-good-it-must-be-fattening phenomenon that is reality television has found its way onto the net and the new medium means niche shows are easier to find. We, of course, are always up for some shoe gazing, so we love FN Shoestar, an online design contest that’s searching for the next superstar shoe designer. On this week’s episode the contestants designed a shoe that could potentially appear in music star-turned-shoe peddler, Fergie’s shoe line and had to present their creations to a panel of judges that included the pop star herself. See a few examples of high heels from the Fergie brand above, then check out the video below. Who do you think should win the challenge?
Nicholas Kirkwood is one of the brightest rising stars in the world of high end footwear. The young shoe designer’s creations are often seen on the red carpet and are lauded by fashion editors around the world. The appeal of Kirkwood’s shoes is that they aren’t just beautiful, they are also like pieces of wearable art. So it makes perfect sense that the designer would be inspired by a pop art icon like Keith Haring. See more of the fashion meets art mashup at Stylebubble.co.uk + check out the video of Kirkwood talking about the project below.
Nicholas Kirkwood details the making of his new thigh-high leopard print and Swarovski crystal–encrusted roller skates in today’s film. The dazzling boots are the highlight of the British shoe designer’s one-off couture line of Keith Haring–inspired art shoes. “I’ve grown up with Keith Haring’s work around me. It’s so ubiquitous, you saw it before you even knew it was art,” Kirkwood says of the 80s pop artist. “The bold colors, defined shapes and edges––that aspect of it, to me, made it perfect for a shoe.” Having previewed the line at his first exclusive retail space in Hong Kong’s JOYCE in September 2010, the designer is exhibiting the collection in its entirety at his new London boutique until July 1. The architectural offerings, which also include heels emblazoned with the artist’s “Radiant Baby” and “Safe Sex” renderings, mark the latest in a string of collaborations for the fashion world darling, who has joined forces with the likes of Erdem and Rodarte outside of his own namesake line.
Christian Louboutin is a fascinating figure in the world of high fashion footwear. His shoes – particularly the high heels – are among the most coveted in the business, seen often on the feet of celebrities, first ladies, and others who have access to all the best things in the world. Louboutin heels are always exquisitely made with designs that range from basic black to wildly ornate and colorful. But no matter the design, you’ll always know a Louboutin heel by the tell tale red sole peeking out from beneath the shoe.
In the video below the designer is profiled as part of CNN’s “Icon” series. Check it out for a peek inside the iconic designer’s world. You’ll find out some of the surpriseing sources of inspiration for the designer and see shoes being made in his Paris workshop. If you weren’t already intrigued by the cultural juggernaut that is the Louboutin brand, you will be after this.
For some, wearing high heels is a feat in itself. But add dribbling a soccer ball to the mix and you’ve got something really special. That’s exactly what Tasha Nicole Terani does – and with world record speed, no less.
The athlete dribbled a ball 137 times in 30 seconds, breaking her own 7-year-old record. That’s pretty neat, but can she wear them all day THEN do you fancy football tricks? Now that would be impressive.
Everyone is familiar with the celeb obsession for certain shoes and Louboutins ranking high on the list. There are some brands, however, that fly just little farther under the radar. One of those is Brian Atwood. With no blaring red sole or any other signage to announce the label, this brand has crept quietly into the zeitgeist of must-have shoes. They are characterized by sleek design and sexy high heels. Brian Atwood’s Fall 2010 collection consists of a wide variety of styles, including calf hair, leopard print and suede peep toes.
One of the most popular styles however is the Maniac. Countless celebs have been seen wearing the Maniac in its many colors and it’s easy to see why. The shoe is a classic and in black can fit in as a wardrobe staple for almost any woman. It comes in matte leather, patent leather, calf hair and prints with a platform and a high heel that lengthens legs. Check out some of the celebs that love Brian Atwood shoes in the gallery below. They include Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway and several others.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow recently debuted herself as a country singer on the biggest stage in the genre. The actress had a quite a bit to prove and what did she choose to wear? A pair of Brian Atwood “Eastwood” booties! Check out her performance below.