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Obsessed With These Fanciful Sole Twins (and their relatives)...

    I t is wisely said that it's not the destination that brings happiness to your life, but the journey! And what else if not your shoes to be the perfect ally for the...

 

 

It is wisely said that it's not the destination that brings happiness to your life, but the journey! And what else if not your shoes to be the perfect ally for the roving?

There is a combination of heavenly magic and mundane pleasure inside the mystery of shoes and their charisma has been growing, expanding and evolving throughout centuries within the masterminds behind their fashioning.

They also set the tone of your route in fantastic and unpredictable ways: elegant, charming, opulent, extreme, pleasant, high or low roads... they are your way of transport and speak out loud by telling the others what you like and where you've been, what your goals are and how determined you are to get there: they are the narrator of which direction you take hold of your final destination.  

Shoes literally boost the stature of its wearer, both in a physical and social scale: the more flamboyant, higher and obvious, the better: it's effects of a status symbol will be the victor.


 

CORDWAINERS: How it all started.

A cordwainer is a shoemaker who makes fine leather shoes and some other leather goods. The word 'cordwainer' comes from the word 'cordovan', from the leather produced in Cordova, Spain and the term has been in use as early as 1100 in England. These skilled workers got together to form the Guild of Cordwainers and the first document known from this group dates back to 1272. By 1439, during the reign of Henry VI, the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers obtained Royal Charter. Today they are located in the Clothworkers' Hall in the City of London. If you wish to know more about the Company, visit www.cordwainers.org .

 

Until 2000, the Cordwainers' Technical College existed in London and was recognised as a leading training centres for shoemakers and leather workers; it has its origins in the Leather Trades School, founded in 1887. In 2000 the Cordwainers' College was absorbed by the London College of Fashion; the shoe-design and accessories department is known as the 'Cordwainer's at London College of Fashion'.

Jimmy Choo, Patrick Cox, Camilla Skovgaard, Nicholas Kirkwood and Charlotte Olympia, are just a few examples of popular designers who attended this College.

 



Manufacturing.

The production process for shoes stays very close to its roots: the leather is stretched over 'lasts' with foot shaped moulds made of hard wax or wood and the soles are either glued, stitched or stapled. Most shoe designers are said to keep the feet moulds of epoch making celebrities to make them one-of-a-kind custom made shoes:

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo kept the moulds for Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Andy Warhol, Diana Princess of Wales, Margaret Thatcher, Grace Mugabe and Marlene Dietrich just to mention a few.

 

 

 

 

Christian Louboutin keeps the moulds for Princess Caroline of Monaco (one of his first clients), Jennifer Lopez, late Loulou de la Falaise, Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Daphne Guinness, Diane Von Furstenberg amongst and endless list of wealthy, famed and loyal devotees.

If you have some spare cash, you will be able to have your own moulds made starting from approx. $4,000... rest assured your shoes will always fit perfectly.

 

 


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For the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer collection in 2000, John Galliano had the models walk on a mirror-like catwalk so they flaunted the diamond-tossed undersides of their jeweled encrusted boots.

Besides this fact, this collection is worth watching, as it was one of the most iconic and controversial runways from Galliano for the House of Dior.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who wears them best:

Fashionistas, designers, celebrities... they love bizarre shoes and wear them with added ooomph!! But the master of them all is Lady Gaga, so we share the 'Bad Romance' video so you can spot these McQueen's numbers we were talking about before.

 

If the bizarre and quirky fashion & style are what you love, visit the Virtual Shoe Museum website where you can find lots of puzzling numbers from lots of different designers.

 



 

The Master and Lord of the most expensive

SHOES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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