Last week, I wrote a post about outsole plate designs. Another design inspired by marble textures.
Been doing a lot of sketching in my sketch book these past few weeks. It’s now time to put my messy little sketches into its actual heels, and see how the ideas work.
I create these little shoe croquis, as I like to call them, so I can turn them out quickly. Here is a peek. It’s fun to see if your ideas can come alive, and if they don’t you keep on sketching!
I really like how this brand, Humble Hilo, took a Guatemalan textile and incorporated it into the sandal straps. Gives these simple patterns a fresh look. You can check other products of this brand here. It’s quite inspiring.
One of my favorite parts to design, on a shoe, are outsole plates. Since the outsole plate is not something you look at all the time, it can get overlooked. I still feel it’s important to put creativity into all aspects of your design.
I draw inspiration from fashion, furniture, architecture, or anything that makes me think, “I’d like to work that idea out on an outsole.” Above are a few concepts for a women’s casual shoe collection I worked on recently.
I have a board on my pinterest dedicated to outsole inspiration, if you want to check it out.
Where do you find your inspiration from? Do you feel it’s important to design every little detail out?
The wedge sneaker trend came and went (ok, Isabel Marant continues for the original adopters), and for today, casual shoes, flats, and sneakers are on the rise. A few trends right now… Vans inspired slip-ons, espadrilles, sneakers of all sorts, and now…drum roll please….the platform shoe.
The common denominator here… women want comfort! We are done with pain, and are seeking options to look stylish, and feel powerful at a business meeting. Maybe platform shoes are stretching it a bit, but only when you say the words. Take a look at what your options are, and you’ll find a way to wear these with your culottes or mid length skirts this summer.
What do you think? Are you in? or out?