Greek Shoe God, Dukas (who is as handsome as a Greek God himself), has just released some of his newest 2013-14 Spring Collection of unique high heels. My personal favorites are those whose heels are shaped like a pair of sexy pin-up legs, a look he began a few years ago and continues with new styles, materials and colors. Read more
The influential relationship with his 9 year old daughter was the catalyst for footwear designer Michael Toschi’s new LUV Footwear brand and their new Dream Flats for Adults, youth and toddlers.
Through a modern ballerina flat that serves as their first canvas, LUV celebrates art through the wearable form of footwear for toddlers, youth and women. Always looking for ways to improve upon form and function, Toschi spent years developing the brands signature ballerina flat. In addition to a seasonal core collection of solids, prints and innovative fabrications, LUVs vision is to create a platform that will enable others to print original artwork on the ballerina flat and thus share their creative vision with the world.
LUV Footwear believes art is empowering and inspiring. LUVs logo, the infinite hearts, represents the boundless possibilities of creativity. Our intention is to host a borderless platform to encourage meaningful ideas and heartfelt emotions expressed through the form of art. Through a modern ballerina flat that serves as our first canvas, LUV celebrates art through the wearable form of footwear. LUV Grows.
An accomplished and respected designer with many achievements, Michael Toschi began his career in footwear at the ripe age of fifteen.
During the next decade spent working at the side of his mentor, Michael traveled worldwide slowly building a keen knowledge of his craft and appreciation for artisanal culture. These formative years provided a foundation upon which he has built several brands, and an unrivaled reputation among the international design community.
Iconic footwear brands which include Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Ugg, Esprit, Banana Republic have looked to Michael to passionately encourage in-house design teams to innovate. Paired with his technical expertise, the infectious way in which he communicates this knowledge has proven to spark many golden ideas, supporting the ideology that he may very well be the King Midas of the footwear industry.
Today Michael sits at the helm of Michael Toschi International, a mens footwear brand of luxury shoes and fine leather goods hand-crafted in Italy. Based in California, Michael visits factories regularly in Italy to work alongside production, guiding and instilling an unmatched level of quality control within all products. Through this level of detail and craft, the Toschi brand has earned the reputation as the Ferrari of footwear.
Alongside his professional accomplishments, as a father Michael has developed a heart-felt passion for supporting creative expression among young girls.
Fashion designer Antoine Peters has created a line of fashions for women based on the classic ‘I’m With Stupid’ novelty t-shirt. Gowns, pants, blouses, coats, sweaters, jackets, even boots and purses, take the concept and turn it into an irreverent but fashionable take on the sophomoric saying and image. Read more
Freelance footwear designer Kobi Levi turns shoes into art for the feet. My favorites of his many impressive designs are his interpretations of birds into fine leather footwear for women. The high-heeled shoes are imaginative and yet, attractive. Each piece is hand-made in his studio. Read more
Architect Zaha Hadid has collaborated with Lacoste for a new line of shoes for men and women. Not her first foray into shoes, she collaborated with Melissa of Brazil to bring us her version of molded plastic shoes in September of 2008. Read more