Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Teeth Shoes

Today on Weird Shoe Wednesday, we’ll be looking at teeth-inspired shoes. I’ve very recently gotten braces installed and so all I can think about is how much my teeth hurt when I attempt to eat my favorite foods (I can’t believe I can’t eat Peanut M&M’s anymore!) or even when I brush. My obsession has driven my search for any sort of combination of teeth and shoes.


And, wow …… I found these. This is a sculpture by artist Robin McCauley. Thankfully, he used fake teeth and a pair of women’s shoes he found at a thrift store. But still, how scary are these? I know the teeth are on the outside but I still can’t help imagining the heels chewing and feasting on any feet that dare slip into them. *chills* Continue Reading…

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WWII Created Platform Shoes

Cork Platforms: Maybe not possible if not for WWII?

Cork Platforms: Maybe not possible if not for WWII?

And speaking of shoe collectors, I came across this great interview with a vintage shoe collector named Jonathan Walford over at The Collectors Weekly. Walford actually works at the Bata Shoe Museum that displayed the On A Pedestal exhibit we featured some months ago. Here, he speaks on the history of shoes and shoe design in the 20th century. He had a lot of great stuff to say, like how the advent of the mini-skirt in the 1960s resurrected the boot or how Mary Janes might’ve been invented by a cartoonist. What I thought was really interesting was the effect of wars on shoe design and how it led to the creation of cork platforms. Check out a quick grab below:

“Walford: A few homegrown American design talents began to show up, but American retailers were leery of taking American designs. They always wanted to sell the latest fashions from Paris or London. They never wanted to say ‘buy the latest fashions by so and so from Ohio’. World War II changed that because U.S. retailers were cut off from Europe’s fashion leaders. Suddenly they had to look to the local talent, and there was a lot out there. They would even promote the names of U.S. shoe companies like Herman Delman in advertisements.

Collectors Weekly: How else did World War II affect U.S. shoes?

Walford: Actually, both world wars had an impact. From 1915 to 1918, material shortages forced European designers to replace some of the leather in their shoes with gray felt or cotton. This was especially true for boots. In World War II, again because of a lack of leather, materials such as wood and cork were used in soles instead of leather. That created the platform, which became the fashion throughout the war and even into the early 1950s.”

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Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Elephant Dung Shoes

It’s that time again! Yes, I realize it’s St. Patrick’s Day so you might be expecting some weird shoes with a green theme or a leprechaun theme. But this pair of shoes is just too crazy not to post. I actually came across them some days ago and it took everything I had in me to hold back until Weird Shoe Wednesday. So I bring you ……

Anything comes when it comes to (s)hoes ... by INSA. Photo: insaland.com

"Anything comes when it comes to (s)hoes ..." by INSA. Photo: insaland.com

The “elephant dung” shoes! That’s right. A pair of neon bright pumps with beads running down the length of its 10-inch stiletto heel. And an approximately 7-inch platform made from elephant feces. Titled “Anything comes when it comes to (s)hoes…” the women’s heels are part of an art exhibit on display at the Tate Britain museum in London. They were created by UK street artist, INSA, as a response to Chris Ofili’s controversial The Holy Virgin Mary painting (below) from the late 1990s that depicted Mary as a black African woman and also utilized elephant dung. The dung that INSA used actually comes from the same elephant herd that Ofili used, and it may have even come from the same elephant!

Anyway, I think I’ve looked at this too much already. But what do you think? Is this “Art”? Or just plain gross? Check out the inspiration, Ofili’s Mary, below. Continue Reading…

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Shoe Metro Employee Spotlight: Vince

One of the original reasons we started this blog was because we know that shopping online can be a highly impersonal experience. Even though you’re shopping with us, you never see our faces and often never hear our voices. You don’t get a sense that someone is there to help you. And that might discourage you from asking for help in the first place if you need it.

We want to let you know that yes, there are real people behind your computer screen waiting to serve you and fulfill your shopping needs. Our new Employee Spotlight series not only highlights some of our most hard-working employees. It also gives you a glimpse into who we are.

Vince, Shoe Metro's sneaker fiend

Vince, Shoe Metro's sneaker fiend. Photo by Chris.

We’ll kick it off today with Vince. Vince has been working with us for the past two years in our Listing Department. In his short time, he’s worked his way up to become the top Lister and the department’s Training Supervisor. However, when he’s not at Shoe Metro, Vince is an avid sneaker collector. We asked Vince some questions about his sneaker obsession:

So how many shoes do you have in your collection?
I stopped counting a few years ago. But I’d guess about 150 pairs now.

When did you start collecting sneakers?
I’ve always been into shoes since middle school but I never had the money to afford them. So I didn’t seriously get into collecting until high school when I got my first job—a “Sandwich Artist” at Togo’s. And that was actually one of the main reasons I got a job in the first place.

That’s awesome. But why sneakers? Why not rocks or stamps or something?
It’s just like any other hobby, but shoes have a sense of style. Some people get tattoos, some people get piercings, weird haircuts, and whatnot. Shoes are just my way of doing it. They don’t just sit in my room like a shrine. I wear them too. I sometimes buy two pairs of shoes: one to keep [in my collection], one to wear. I never buy anything that doesn’t look good, that I wouldn’t wear myself. Continue Reading…

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Formula One Car Made Out of Puma Shoe Boxes

Continuing with the “shoe car” theme of this week’s Weird Shoe Wednesdays, here’s an interesting video I found where two designers make a model car out of shoe boxes. Puma commissioned The Wilson Brothers, a design duo from Britain specializing in auto parts, to make a model Formula One race car out of Puma shoe boxes. This was done to kick-start the opening of a new Puma store in Chicago. See the team in action in the time-lapse video below.

Check out another video below where Puma had its Ferrari-branded shoes and clothing turned into an F1 car as well. Continue Reading…

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More Soles4Souls Donations!

I can’t say enough how much I’ve been impressed by our young students in these last couple of months. Students from the high school level and even on down to the elementary level have poured their support in for our Haiti relief campaign. And even though our promotion has ended, students are still showing their strength and ability to mobilize for good causes.

Student Alex Kyrillos dropping off the donation

Student Alex Kyrillos dropping off the donations from Bishops School

That said, all of us at Shoe Metro would like to thank the students of Bishop’s School in San Diego and also those of Spreckles Elementary for their donations. Both schools made large contributions, with Bishop’s giving about 450 pairs of shoes alone. There are still victims in Haiti and now Chile has suffered its own devastating earthquakes. These gifts are sure to help both in these hard times. Thank you again!

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Weird Shoe Wednesdays: Shoe Car Extravaganza!

Welcome back to Weird Shoe Wednesdays! To make up for my absence last week, I’ve brought out some extra special, extra weird, extra eye-popping shoes for you this week. We all know the primary purpose of shoes is to help protect our feet and let us travel farther than if we were barefoot. Well, many different people have taken this transportation function of shoes to the next level. And so we have a plethora of shoe cars!


Of course, we have the classic high-heeled pump in a sort of motorized reverse tricycle design. In sexy red, no less. Red high heels? And cars? Men basically have no chance of resisting. Continue Reading…

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Shoes at The Oscars 2010

Anna Kendrick in Sergio Rossi Suede Birdcage Sandals

Anna Kendrick in Sergio Rossi Suede Birdcage Sandals

The lovely blogger over at Shoe-A-Day did an excellent job today (actually, very, very early this morning) compiling some of the best shoes showcased at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony and also figuring out what they were and where you might be able to purchase some for yourself. If you have a minute, head on over to Shoe-A-Day and show her some love. Personally, I favor Anna Kendricks’ nude plaform sandals (above) but there were plenty of great looks. Enjoy the rest below! Continue Reading…

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Running With Heels Interviews Founder of TOMS Shoes (again)

Blake Mycoskie is more or less my hero and he seems to be a favorite over at Running With Heels as well, where he was interviewed for a second time in just a few months (I highlighted a different interview back in November). Blake Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS Shoes, a very generous, charitable shoe company that works to alleviate poverty all around the globe. TOMS works on a one-to-one giving model meaning that if you buy a pair of TOMS shoes for yourself, the company donates another pair to impoverished children in South America and Ethiopia.

Photo: www.worldvisionreport.org

Photo: www.worldvisionreport.org

According to this most recent interview, TOMS has donated more than 500,000 pairs of shoes to these children and it plans to donate another 500,000 this year. Apparently, this is just one part of a larger effort to eradicate Podoconiosis, a crippling foot disease common in Southern Ethiopia caused by walking barefoot on certain types of fertile, volcanic soil. Check out the rest of the short interview with this saint of an entrepreneur. He never ceases to admire.

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How-to Guide: How to Make Your Shoes Slip-Safe

I’m a fairly practical person so I’ll keep trying to provide very practical, useful information in regards to shoes. I know we’re coming around to the end of winter but high-heeled shoes are hard to walk in all year long. I dug up a really cheap home remedy to give your slippery shoes some much needed traction. All you need are two bathtub appliques, a pencil, and scissors. Check it out and don’t ever slip up again. =)

A smooth leather outsole makes for a slippery stride.

A smooth leather outsole makes for a slippery stride.

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