Footwear Of The Future

Lady Gaga.  A name more talked about for her styling and fierce videos than her music. But behind the wearable meat (debatable just how wearable), the opaque veils, and the face-masking makeup, is just a singer who hates being called by her real name, Stefani.  Sorry to burst the bubble, but she was not born this way.  So how does she get picture ready with her costume fashions?  With the work of designers of course!

My sister recently found an article on CNN about Kobi Levi, an Israeli designer who created shoes worn by Gaga in her recent video for the song “Born This Way.”  The shoes are one of kind… and pretty awesome.  After all, if Lady Gaga requested a pair, we are not exactly talking average.  The current collection features slippers, heels, and boots.  Some display a subtle imitation to an object or a creature, such as a dog, doing a heel in chocolate brown leather and adding flapping ears.  Others look exactly like what they represent, like a banana or a slingshot.  Levi finds a way to bring art into wearable fashion.  Be sure to check out the designers named Olive Oyl, Chewing Gum, and Mallard Duck.  And as for possibly being a little freaked out about by finding two boots in one shoe…well you’re not alone.

*Picture from Kobi Levi- Footwear Design


Designer Corner- Cole Haan Shoes

For my second Designer Corner I wanted to build the hype about one of my favorite shoe brands, Cole Haan. Not only are the shoes sleek and sexy, but they are well designed to prevent agonizing foot cramps and pains.  The designer paired up with Nike and launched their shoe line with Nike Air Technology full of trendy shoes and heels. When it comes to high fashion, sometimes a few comfort sacrifices need to be made, but if you spend all day on your feet in excruciating shoes, you’ll be close to keeling over by the end of a workday.  While I have not “test-walked” these shoes, I own three pairs of Cole Haan Nike Air shoes, and not only are they cute, but I can walk in the shoes all day long and the heels for the majority of the day.  Another bonus, they may not be cheap, but they are much more inexpensive than a pair of classy Louboutins!  Here are some tips for shoe shopping this brand:

1.     Don’t waste your money on flip-flops.  Yes, they may look nice, but you can get simple and pain-free ones elsewhere at much lower cost.  Also, flip-flops are a major no-no in the office.  Even dressier ones can potentially be frowned upon in the work place.

2.     While their thin soled sneakers are not for working out, they are one of the most comfortable shoes you’ll even sink your foot into.  They are not bulky so they look stellar with skinny jeans, and they will help you look like the fun, up for anything, chic.  You can run, but with shoes like this, you can’t hide (that’s a good thing!)

3.     Take advantage of the cute colors they offer.  They have heels, sandals, and other shoes in cheery yellows, punchy blues, and va-va-voom reds.  Celebrate your feet with a new shade.

4.     No matter what, 3-5 inch heels are meant to be worn in moderation.  Yes, these shoes should be relatively comfortable for the average leg-lengthening footwear, however you still won’t want to kill yourself by trying them out from 12pm-12am.  Treat your feet well with a little rest, and they will thank you by walking you somewhere fun.  Sorry…the martini is still on you.  These picks are likely to be cozy, and you as you can already tell, compliment-worthy:

Boot- $199

Pump- $198

Pump- $328

Slipper- $168

Sandals- $198

*Picture from Cole Haan