We had great pleasure to collaborate with the New York artist, sculptor and commercial photographer Michel Tcherevkoff, crafting his ingenious floral designs into wearable art. Taking inspiration from the pages of his award-winning book Shoe Fleur: A Footwear Fantasy, we interpreted the flair of Michel's original designs without compromising on comfort.
Technically challenging, we managed to maintain our sustainable and toxic-free standards by using a different glue-less shoe construction for this collection, called Stitch-and-Turn, whereby the upper is stitched to the sole and then turned inside-out. The ability of turning the shoe inside-out also makes the shoe incredible soft, flexible, and ultimately very comfortable.
The uppers were mostly made from printed and vegetable tanned leathers, with the exception of the sandal FOOTLOOSE, which is cotton based. The soles were made from natural rubber latex, while our coconut Foot Mattress™ was slim-lined and removable, to fit with the elegant look of the shoes.
The Shoe Fleur Collection was exhibited at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig, Germany as well as at the Virtual Shoe Museum.