Have a beautiful, wonderful holiday! So many amazing gifts that I’m grateful for this year. Have a good one…Cheers!
I’m thrilled to see the block heel trend evolving. Pointy heels have been the “go to” work shoe for many decades. It has also been a stigma that in order to look feminine and sexy, you wear heels. As a working woman myself, comfort, and style are my two favorite words together. The block heel has brought a whole new element to fashion, and women. Brands, are now creating shoe designs with block heels than can be worn for a night out on the town, or a special event. Comfort is now spreading to everyday life, not just 9 to 5.
So far my favorite has been Miu Miu with their feminine block heel shapes, and various heights. As a brand they have always had the block heel shape in their collection. This isn’t anything new for them. Miu Miu offers an array of stylish, feminine patterns with lots of creative details.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh carries beautiful, simple block heel sandals, pumps, and even loafers that have a classic, vintage feel. I really love the Roberta’s as you see in my drawing above. They are also sold out almost everywhere.
Obsessed with this super block heel and pointed toe shape by Acne Studios. The high throat is also a nice touch. Charlotte Olympia also has a nice pointed toe block heel pump. I really love the mix of a heavy block heel with a feminine toe shape.
Can’t stop thinking about these Chloe’s. Love the heel shape.
And, who said you can’t wear a block heel to a holiday party? These Delpozo are serious show stoppers!
Then there are the architectural block heels. One of my Spring 16 favorites are by Gucci. The scalloped heel is lovely!
Are you a fan of the evolving block heel trend? Do you still prefer this as a comfort or everyday type shoe, or do you like that its venturing into evening, and more fashion?
Shoes and architecture are an obsession of mine. The lines and shapes of shoes and buildings have a strong correlation, and I enjoy exploring, and marrying them.
Recently, I came across Brasilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, and instantly became enamored with his abstract shapes and curves. He is known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil’s capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Niemeyer’s Cathedral of Brasília is the Roman Catholic cathedral serving Brasília, Brazil, and serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Brasília. Inspired by the buildings shapes, I started to draw some shoes, and well, thought I would share my exploration here.
All sketches by me in Fashionary sketchbook.
A sketchbook is not a just a book of blank pages. It’s a personal diary of your creative journey. A book of expressions, frustrations, and passions. It’s here where ideas get explored, developed, and possibly become actual products in the market place.
I love the feeling of filling up my sketchbook. It does not happen often because publishers don’t really know the needs of a shoe designer. Recently, I discovered Fashionary sketchbooks for shoe designers, and I’ve been in heaven. It’s been very easy to fill this book up with shoe doodles.
Fashionary has created a sketchbook which comes in thumbnail format. A template is already laid out for you in several heel heights, and all you have to do is connect the dots to a basic shoe form. This feature allows you to focus on the design. With deadlines, and various projects, its great to be able to draw something quickly, and have it look proportional.
Other reasons why I like this sketchbook:
- The paper is smooth to draw on.
- Pencil erases easily.
- Easy to take notes, and keep track of drawing dates.
- A great way to draw mini collections. I enjoy seeing my process, and ideas worked out.
5. Contains a shoe library of different constructions, a shoe glossary of footwear terminology, an international shoe size chart, and a spec sheet template.
Overall, I really like the Fashionary sketch book for shoe designers. It’s not only great for working designers, but also nice for those aspiring to get into footwear design. They even have a shoe design book that has more expansive templates, and additional shoe design and trade information. You can find it here. I’m definitely going to buy this book, and look forward to using its more expansive templates.
All drawings and photos by me.
Wow, what a long time it has been since I’ve blogged. This year has been insanely busy with some very cool projects, but I’ve also chosen Instagram as my main source of social media. I do miss blogging and giving a more descriptive view of my projects, and process. I’m really going to try my hardest to not let it drop off the rest of the year. I am under the gun with deadlines, and am leaving for China in the next few weeks. No complaints here though (ok, well maybe I don’t loooovvvee going to China) but other than that, I love my job, and am very excited to be working on some amazing projects.
One of the clients I’ve been working with this year is Bebe. I’m in charge of design and development for their stores globally both on a retail and outlet level. It’s really fun to design shoes for not just the domestic market, but International. I love learning of other countries product preferences.
I was in Boston a few weeks ago, and was very happy to see at the airport one of my shoe designs for Bebe in this month’s Marie Claire.
Looking forward to adding more press releases in the next year. Always a wonderful feeling to see your work in the press.