These sandal designs, were probably my biggest inspiration for my shoe. I really love the simplicity of them but they are also really eye catching at the same time. My favourite piece that i have seen, is the black, shin high sandal, with the shredded leather on the ankle.
This is what gave me the idea to create something on the ankle for my shoe. Originally i did also want to do something that went slightly up the leg, but i thought about it afterwards, and i think it would have taken the focus away from the journal sections on the ankle strap.
When i was researching about my project, this new collection from Chanel had just been shown, i really loved this slipper design, and i thought it was very similar to the style of the turkish slippers that i had already seen. I love the simple design and structure of these shoes.
Turkish Traditional Slippers
"The Turks of Central Asia were a nomad people whose needs were mostly supplied by their herds, so leather wool and hair were used in many diverse ways to make tents, furnishings, clothing and other daily needs. Of course one of these uses was shoes, and the earliest type of leather shoe made by the Turks was the çarık, and there are still traditional çarık makers in some Anatolian villages."
I really love these turkish slippers, i think the colours are really bold and strong. But i mostly really love the structure of the shoe itself. Especially the toe area of the shoe, its really different and i think very easy to recognise. I wanted to try and get as many elements as i can from these slippers into my shoe design for this project.
Ancient Greek Sandals
`'According to an Ancient Greek myth, the gods and goddesses had their sandals made on the beautiful island of Crete by a gifted sandal maker who enriched each pair with magical powers. Famous for having made the flying sandals for Hermes, the sandal maker also embellished them with his personal signature… a “golden wing” buckle."
"Ancient Greek Sandals are handmade locally by skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques that have existed for centuries. A raw, yet feminine aesthetic distinguishes this new sandal brand. The chemical free, natural tan leather ages beautifully with time and wear."
The colours and patterns on these shoes are so unique. They are really fun and bright, and i saw some material that reminded me of the colours on their shoes, and i stitched it to the front of my slipper design. I think it really adds a different message about the shoe after this was added to it.