March 16, 2011

Kobi Levi shoe genius… continued

I love me some shoes, and I love it when women wear good shoes too, so Kobi has always been of interest to me. I interviewed him a while back and posted about more of his shoes too, and now I am here to show ya’ll his newest little collection… the ‘Bird Series’. I can imagine Björk liking and wearing all of these.

Kobi, a design graduate based in Jerusalem, is, as the title suggests, an expert in footwear; bespoke, crazy, off-the-wall creations to marvel at. I just love seeing what his uber creative imagination comes up with next. His shoes should really have a catwalk show of their own one day!

***DUCK***

***TOUCAN***


***SWAN***


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October 13, 2010

Shoe Candy… Kobi Levi

‘Sling-shot’
With my last shoe post a while back now, I felt I had to fill the footwear void. I was having withdrawals. That dry patch is well and truly over thankfully with my latest obsession – Kobi Levi.
Kobi, a jewellery and accessories designer graduate from Jerusalem’s Besalel Academy of Art and Design, has produced his very own pieces of shoe-art that, I think it’s fair to say, have very much slapped the shoe world in the face with a huge dose of creative tongue-in-cheek cheekiness. His designs are less shoes, more pieces of carefully thought out, carefully constructed and highly provocative creations. He’s taking footwear to the next level. Fashion has gone so avantgarde, so ‘different’, so extreme over the last few years, why not shoes too? Yes, we’ve all seen the wonders of a pair of Balenciaga’s, and we’ve all drooled over the YSL Tributes, but there’s something about a hand-crafted piece of fashion that ticks all the boxes. Isn’t there?
Wasn’t it Carrie Bradshaw herself who once said that a good pair of shoes can make any outfit? I’m pretty sure her mouth would drop wide open at the sight of a pair of Kobi Levis. I know mine did. It’s pretty safe to say that you would definitely build an outfit around these shoes and NOT the other way round. They speak for themselves.
I chatted to Kobi and asked him a few questions. Here’s what he had to say…
The Very: Is the foot your favourite part of the body?
Kobi: No it isn’t, one of the least favourite actually!
The Very: In relation to Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo, where would you like to be in the shoe designer circuit?
Kobi: Well, without sounding weird or full of myself (certainly not me), I want to create “my own circuit”. The designers you mentioned are amazing, and mainly because they have their own ‘design language’ this is what makes each good designer unique. I think each designer is creating their own special style, and that is what I’m doing as well. These shoe creations are showing my design approach.
The Very: Where does your inspiration come from? Is it as easy as the things around you?
Kobi: Sometimes it is easy, an idea that just comes from nowhere and then I evolve it into a design. Sometimes it is more about concentrating on a chosen theme and designing accordingly.
The Very: Should we take your footwear seriously in terms of fashion and trends, or are they more ‘fun’ show pieces?
Kobi: They are “art to wear” – real, wearable shoes with a difference. And with a sense of humour (even when there is a deeper concept to focus on)
The Very: What designer shoes do you like? If there was one designer you’d like to feature your shoes on the catwalk, who would it be?
Kobi: Difficult. There are a lot of great and talented designers. It can be a piece from way in the past, to very modern to completely avantgarde. I like Mcqueen’s latest shoes (and a lot of his footwear designs from the past), I like Loutboutin’s super elegant creations, Vivienne Westwood’s ‘super elevated’ shoes, Thea Cadabra “The maid” design, Marloes Ten Bhomer’s work, Rene Van der Berg’s designs. All very different and talented.
Lovely reader… all hail the shoe-art God!

‘Meow’

‘XXX Pump’

‘Two-gether’

‘Market Trolley’

‘Dog’

‘Chewing Gum’
‘Blow’

To check out more of his amaze creations, check out Kobi’s website here. Kobi has told me that custom made shoes can be discussed and all pairs so far are on of a kind. He is looking into the options of a limited edition production of some of them due to popular demand. Get in contact with Kobi through his website.

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July 14, 2010

Those ol’ red soles


If you want a wrap dress, you head for the Diane von Furstenberg rail. If you want a mini-skirt, shoes or anything for that matter in acid yellow, you go straight to Versace. If you want the highest heels you can possibly find, a synonymous red sole and as much sex appeal as you can fit into a pair of shoes then you head for trusty Christian Louboutin. Every woman’s, and some men’s, favourite.

When I was invited down to the Louboutin press office for a glance at their new collection it took me about 32 seconds to reply YES. I went along to the sample sale a few months back, but being surrounded by a flock of screaming, angry, determined women and big boxes filled with old season shoes is hardly a way to enjoy such masterpieces, is it now?

To say there’s ‘something’ about Louboutin shoes would be a complete understatement. It’s all the elements put together that make them so special. Colours, fabrics, embellishments, the red soles and highest heels all work towards his mantra – to “make a woman look sexy, beautiful, to make her legs look as long as [he] can”. I think he achieves all that, don’t you?

The new autumn winter collection has some amazing pieces, as well as some oh-so bloody cute clutches. The ball bags (sorry, but that’s what they are) come in the below black fur, white and leopard print. There’s loads of spikes going on too, lots of leopard print and hundreds of crystals. There’s a lot of what I would call ‘show’ pieces which would probably look better on stage than a mere mortal. Look at those sexual thigh highs! Rihanna would go mad for them! I could even see Cher in the nude mesh fiery bling options. Alicia Keys and Elle Macpherson wore the versions of the shoes below completely covered in spikes and the like.

When talking about the men’s collection, Anne, the lovely PR manager, told me that: “Christian likes to keep things organic. When he’s ready to bring more out, he will. He doesn’t ever rush these things”. I guess this is why his collections work so well. For men, I feel in love with the black, white and red chevron design calf skin shoes, leopard print studded slip ons and of course the amazingly sparkly trainers! LOVE a bit of shoe-bling.

One thing I’d like to know though… metal heel on a suede shoe? Nice or not? I’m so undecided!

Have a look. Sorry to do this to all the Louboutin lovers. It’s like shoe-porn!

FOR THE GIRLS:


Cher eat your heart out!


Furry ball bag…oops!


Surely the BEST wedges of the season?


FOR THE BOYS:




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May 13, 2010

The Very Shoe Diary…

Whilst out and about I spotted these amazing heels. Thanks to those London girls who wear heels during the day, I love ya!

These are Acne’s gorge bondage wedges – thanks Steph!

Urban Outfitters lace up peep toes – thanks Stevie B! (you can tell she’s an amaze stylist, those socks are to die for!)

Chanel clog beauties! – thanks fierce girl on the street!

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March 11, 2010

The It Shoe

Never mind the clothes, Balenciaga’s new shoes for autumn winter 2010 are INSANE. The label is now well known for it’s fun, daring, futuristic shoe designs, and for next season we are presented with these art-deco meets structured shoes. The heels are chunky blocks which are surely more comfortable than needle-thin heels (strangely I know a lot about wearing heels, don’t ask!), and the style reflects the ‘lego-ish’ look from previous seasons. What I love about these shoes though is that they would not only absolutely transform an outfit, Carrie Bradshaw style, but they include so many colours that they become a versatile shoe for almost any outfit! You’d wear them season after season, year after year!

Why does this always happen huh? Women get all the good stuff!

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March 11, 2010

The It Shoe

Never mind the clothes, Balenciaga’s new shoes for autumn winter 2010 are INSANE. The label is now well known for it’s fun, daring, futuristic shoe designs, and for next season we are presented with these art-deco meets structured shoes. The heels are chunky blocks which are surely more comfortable than needle-thin heels (strangely I know a lot about wearing heels, don’t ask!), and the style reflects the ‘lego-ish’ look from previous seasons. What I love about these shoes though is that they would not only absolutely transform an outfit, Carrie Bradshaw style, but they include so many colours that they become a versatile shoe for almost any outfit! You’d wear them season after season, year after year!

Why does this always happen huh? Women get all the good stuff!

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February 10, 2010

Shoes for the dudes (hate that word, but it rhymed, forgive me!)

So if anyone knows me at all, they would know I am a big sucker for ANYTHING Christian Louboutin – my sister’s friend, bless her, donated her fabulous Louboutin keyring to me when she saw me salivating over it – so it’s no surprise that I had to be picked up off the floor when I was sent these images of the men’s shoes. I’m in such awe. The white and gold lattice and black studded high tops are so high up on my birthday wish list that Westwood doesn’t even get a look in!

J’adore. Period.

(more to come!)


£695£645

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