Monday, January 28, 2013

knitting feat

Knit shoes? Various designers have experimented with this concept, from Bless to Nike (ok, it's termed knit but actually an industrial textile process), from Pia Wallen's adorable felt slippers (ok ok, so originally felt would have been hand knit then felted...) to Misonni's textile shoes based on their own knitwear stitch patterns, often  bargello, the geometric needlepoint technique. Andrea Kranzlin's (She often designs costumes for Belgian avant garde director, Jan Fabre) shoe cover, fitting over high heels with only the heel protruding, perfect for slipping on at home instead of slippers or damtoffla; center image: Missoni shoes, not quite knit but certainly inspired by their knitwear.

photograph: carla breeze of Andrea Kranzlin's shoe cover


photograph: carla breeze of Andrea Kranzlin's cardigan



Above, Pollini cable oxfords; brown Dior shoe covers

Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss or Bless collaborate on various projects, fashion only one of their "products." Working in Berlin and Paris they produce not only accessories, shoes, and home furnishings, but exhibit conceptual projects at Paris’s Centre Pompidou, the Berlin Biennale, and the Kunsthalle in Basel among other venues. See: BLESS

Mark Fast knit shoes, 2012
Rosy Nicholas and Fred Butler collaborated on shoes created using French knitted tubes. Butler graduated from the University of Brighton in 2003. Since then her work has been worn by Bjork, Lady Gaga, Beth Ditto and others. See: Fred Butler via Filep Motwar

Nike's Flyknit shoes are lightweight runners that look like a wraparound blanket for your feet. Nike refers to these shoes as a "second skin." The minimalist design reduces weight via the single-layer uppers. A size 9 shoe weighs a mere 5.6 oz (160 g) producing a shoe, the Flyknit, that is 19 % lighter than its Zoom Streak 3, a shoe worn by the first, second and third place finishers in the 2011 World Championships men's marathon.


See also Spanish knit conversion of Van's, Antiatoms

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