I don't really follow men's fashion as rigorously as women's fashion but I'm always interested to learn about new designers and I was very impressed by this shoe collection by Kongyiu Cheng (recent product designer graduate from Artez Institute of Art in the Netherlands) that I came across on http://trendland.net. I just googled him and couldn't find out anything else about him so he's obviously very new on the scene.
His innovative men's footwear collection goes by the name "Mister Cheng" and features dress shoe classics such as the Derby, the Oxford and the Monk updated with a modern twist and a splash of color. He uses shoe design as a medium to express his fascination with the unfinished and the imperfect and encourage men to be a bit more distinctive in their look.
I love his use of bright colours and modern materials that he combines with raw, unfinished details and a vintage feel.
On his website, he says, "To shape the concept of the unfinished and the imperfect, I like to reveal the hidden skin of the dress shoe and uncover what is beneath, and pairing that together with the imperfect such as unfinished sealed edges and leather out soles. As a designer of men's footwear, I want to stimulate the renewal of men's shoes." And why not?
I'm sure the shoes are probably a little too offbeat for most men (particularly the ones below) but I love to see a guy with a quirky fashion sense. I'm curious to see if he makes it big.