I've previously posted about one of my favorite shoe brands United Nude (www.unitednude.com and I may have mentioned Argentine shoe great Lucila Iotti too (http://www.lucilaiotti.com). Well I think I just found my new favorite shoe designer. He's called Kobi Levi and he's from Israel and his shoes are pure works of art with a playful, humorous twist. I like to make a fun statement with my shoes and he gets it just right balancing fun with functionality and style. They're some of the most creative heels I've ever laid eyes on. And Lady Gaga agrees as she wore a pair in the "Born This Way" video.
He's been quoted as saying, "The trigger to create a new piece comes when an idea, a concept and/or an image comes to mind. The piece is a wearable sculpture. It is alive. Most of the inspirations are out of the 'shoe-world,' and give the footwear an extreme transformation. The result is usually humoristic with a unique point of view about footwear."
His designs are inspired by birds, dogs, Olive (of Popeye and Olive), slingshots and even bananas (I think the bananas might be my favorites). Each shoe is individually hand crafted and limited edition and takes about a month to create. The designer is also collaborating with Shoofra, a shoe chain store in Israel, designing a women's fashion shoe line under the name "Shoola."
I reckon his shoes or "his children" as he describes them could be the next big thing.. in the art and fashion world.
Check out more of his designs below. I'm also lusting after those killer pink heels. I reckon they might just be my new best friends if I can work out how to get hold of a pair.