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Big Boot Dance

The performer is. Harry Relph, aka Little Tich. The performance was filmed at the 1900 Paris Exposition.

More info: wikipedia

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 04, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: ShowBiz, Theater and Stage, Vaudeville, Shoes, 1900s

Peanut Sneakers

A little over a month ago we posted about croissant sneakers. Food-themed sneakers are apparently the big new thing, because Planters Peanuts has now debuted peanut sneakers, retailing for $170.





And not to be outdone, Ruffles Chips has introduced limited-edition Ruffles sneakers.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 29, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Shoes

Croissant Sneakers

Odd collaboration: Sneaker brand Koio has partnered with pastry chef Dominique Ansel to produce croissant-themed sneakers. According to Fast Company:

This may be the first-ever sneaker collaboration with a baker. And it is certainly the only sneaker inspired by a croissant on the market... The sneaker’s upper is made of calf leather that has the texture of eggshells, flour-white suede, patent leather the color of yellow butter, and detailing on the toe and heel that looks like sugar. To top everything off, the laces come adorned with a rose-gold croissant accent.

They can be yours for only $348. Oh, and each pair also comes with a package of Dominique Ansel pancake mix.

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 14, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Shoes, Food

Juror spots stolen shoes

Either this was an ingenious way to get out of jury duty, or a truly random coincidence.

What I find particularly odd is that the shoes were obviously pretty crappy, with paint spots and frayed laces. So somewhat weird that someone would steal them in the first place, and then choose to wear them while serving as a witness at a trial... and then, by sheer chance, the owner of the shoes happens to be in the jury.

Fort Lauderdale News - Jan 18, 1986

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 07, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Crime, Shoes, 1980s

Follies of the Madmen #399



Of course the sole of one's foot resembles a snooty toff with monocle--after your LSD trip!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 07, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Business, Advertising, Drugs, Shoes, 1940s, Feet

Shoe-Swapping Fad

The hot high-school fad of 1947, according to Life magazine:

Every morning before school, girls meet on school steps and swap one shoe and sock with a friend. Then they walk around with shoes that do not match.

Couldn't have been comfortable walking around all day with mismatched shoes. Fashion over comfort, I guess.

Life - Nov 17, 1947


Posted By: Alex - Tue Dec 04, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Fads, Shoes, 1940s

Skin Shoes

Created by a French duo of designers who call themselves 'matieres fecales' (or, Fecal Matter). From Vogue:

Fecal Matter’s latest creation, a skin boot that blends, or rather morphs, into its owner’s legs. It comes complete with a stab-you-in-the-eye satanic horn heel and defined piggy-wiggy toes. On the shin is a mini extension that curves upward like a thorny vestigial tail. The one non-lifelike part is a plastic platform that resembles an upside-down cup...

Fecal Matter’s philosophy behind the footwear reflects what they think humans will eventually look like as a result of body modification, social media, and advances in technology.




Posted By: Alex - Mon Oct 29, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Shoes

Grunge Sneakers

Golden Goose Superstar Taped Sneakers, selling for $530. From the product description:

Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole. Lace-up style Removable insole Leather upper/leather and textile lining/rubber sole.

You can buy regular Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers for around $460. So, essentially, you're paying $70 more for the piece of tape.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 04, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise, Shoes

Follies of the Madmen #385



Our shoes are comparable to hideous sea monsters.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 22, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Business, Advertising, Shoes, 1940s, Fictional Monsters

Fungi sneakers

I recently posted about sneakers made from chewing gum. Here are some made from fungi. I wonder what other materials sneakers could possibly be crafted from?

The fungi sneakers are made by nat-2, which describes itself as "german engineered high-end footwear." From their website:

The leather like material is created from the Trama of the tinder sponge. Fomes Fomentarius aka. tinder sponge is a parasite growing on dead or weak birches and Beeches. In a very costly process the found fungus gets tried for about a year after a ling search and following nature friendly, gentle and certified hand harvest. Afterwards it gets peeled off and further worked on by hand. The material is organic, vegan, gluten- and chemical free. The fungus is antiseptic and anti-bacterial.

They seem to be currently sold out. But when they were available, they cost €899, or around $1043.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 23, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Shoes

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