Part of being a designer is collecting ideas. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look at something and think, “Uhmm, that could be a shoe idea.”  Magazine tear outs, sketchbook thumbnails, camera shots, online research…it’s all part of the process. Anything can be an idea for whatever you are working on, whether it be shoes, apparel, or accessories.

Here are some details that I recently saw, that I felt could be translated well into a shoe detail or design.

Chains have been a key trend the last few seasons. However, I like the idea of adding a fresh twist and adding some stones or some other kind of hardware that stands out from the usual chain look.

Chains have been a key trend the last few seasons. However, I like the idea of adding a fresh twist and adding some stones or some other kind of hardware that stands out from the usual chain look.

I really like how the chain goes thru the hardware pieces. Definitely something could be explored here on a shoe level. Doesn't necessarily have to be taken literally either.

I really like how the chain goes thru the hardware pieces. Definitely something could be explored here on a shoe level. Doesn't necessarily have to be taken literally either.

I really love how the hardware wraps around the strap. I  think this could be a nice detail on a shoe.

I really love how the hardware wraps around the strap. I think this could be a nice component to a shoe.

I have seen a similar detail on a shoe with this closure. However, I really like the addition of the rhinestone and the leather knotted at the ends.  Another nice closure or strap idea from a ballerina to a boot!

I have seen a similar accessory on a shoe with this closure. However, I really like the addition of the rhinestone and the leather knots at the ends. Another nice closure or strap idea from a ballerina to a boot!

I love this magnetic closure. Again, it has been done before but the detail with the braid or even stack of leather straps in different sizes, treatments, and closures can be very hot!

I love this magnetic closure. Again, it has been done before but the detail with the braid or even stack of leather straps in different sizes, treatments, and closures can be very hot!

Nice closure. Maybe not in the shiny nickel but gunmetal or even black!

Nice closure. Maybe not in the shiny nickel but gunmetal or even black!

I have seen knit details on uppers. More of a sock look. I love the idea of just a stack of knits around a pump or sandal with some hardware Maybe a little too crazy? But could be fun!

I have seen knit details on uppers., however, more of a sock look. I love the idea of just a stack of knits around a pump or sandal with some hardware Maybe a little too crazy? But could be fun!

Studs are overkill. I have been searching for new ways to do studs. I like the idea of them being rounded and more organic. I kind of like the white too. I think this could definitely be explored!

Studs are overkill. I have been searching for new ways to do studs. I like the idea of them being rounded and more organic. I kind of like the white too. I think this could definitely be explored!

More ways to do studs! I like the color contrasts and the shapes! More three dimensional.

More ways to do studs! I like the color contrasts and the shapes! More three dimensional.

Another stud alternative with shape and contrast of placement.

Another stud alternative with shape and contrast of placement.