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Zaha Hadid Ventures into High Fashion with Her 3D Printing Wisdom

Milan Design Week is underway, so the United Nude fashion house has partnered with 3D Systems and a handful of designers to celebrate the occasion. For Zaha Hadid’s wild submission, she designed the glamorous “Flames”, a shoe that pairs cartoonish curves and sharp edges. Known by many as the queen of architecture, Hadid’s highly futuristic style can be found in major cities around the world. Her abstract, chaotic work has plenty of admirers and critics, but the highly stylized approach makes her a fascinating choice for 3D printed shoes. Born in Baghdad and educated at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture, Hadid made a name for herself in architecture, but has since ventured into furniture, brassware, and fashion. More recently, she designed the Japan National Stadium, the Central Bank of Iraq, and a main soccer stadium for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup. Below, you’ll find more information about Hadid’s forays in the 3D printing world, along with the work of her peers.
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The Best Leather Accessories For A Lady’s Wardrobe

You might not give a lot of thought to the material that your accessories are made of, but many people will only settle for the best. When it comes to accessorizing, whether it’s a jacket or a belt, leather is one of the most desired materials, if not the most. You can guarantee that leather products have been carefully crafted and will last you a long time. If you love leather, there are lots of accessories that will never go out of date. So invest in some of these leather items and enhance your wardrobe for years to come.

 

Shoes

It’s much better value to buy a quality pair of leather shoes that will last you years. If you need to buy a new, cheap pair every few months, you could end up spending a lot more over the same time frame. Much like many other leather accessories, there are lots of styles both men and women can buy that will never go out of date. They might be practical men’s sneakers for walking or outdoor pursuits, or they could be smart Cole Haan wingtips for the office or going out. Although people often say you need to “break in” a pair of leather shoes, you should look for some that feel comfortable almost right away.

Belts

Belts will always be useful whether it’s for a practical reason or just to add something extra to your outfit. Although they were originally meant to hold up your pants, they have other uses too. Women can use them to bring in a dress or shirt at the waist when they need to give their figure more definition. Leather belts make smart accessories to wear with suits or smart casual outfits, but they’re also fantastic for everyday use too. Leather belts with big buckles are especially fun, whether you wear them with a pair of jeans or around your waist with a floaty dress.

Wallets

Although some people don’t bother with wallets anymore, they’re essential to keeping all your money and cards organized. You can go without, but you’ll struggle with more than a couple of notes and a card. Your wallet goes through a lot, getting thrown about in your bag or sat on when it’s in your back pocket. That’s why leather wallets are best; they’re sturdy and will last longer than other materials. And, of course, they look smart. So you don’t have to be embarrassed when you take out your wallet at a business meeting.

Bags

It may be women who supposedly have an obsession with bags, but leather bags make fashionable accessories for men and women. Briefcases and satchels are perfect for work and other formal situations. And then you have handbags and “manbags”, which are ideal for taking anywhere you go. A couple of decent leather handbags are a much better investment than a closet full of cheap bags that don’t last a year.

Leather is definitely the material to go for if you want stylish, timeless and durable fashion accessories. It’s worth paying a little extra for excellent quality.

 

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Cole Haan & Todd Snyder: Debut Collaboration of Men’s Footwear

At the beginning of March this year, an announcement was made that two well known designers would be putting their heads together to design and produce a new line of men’s shoes. Cole Haan is an iconic fashion label that was started in Chicago, Illinois in 1928. Originally known as a men’s footwear company, they became legendary for their superior quality shoes and accessories for men and women. Being a company that honors tradition in their designs, their collaboration with Todd Snyder for men’s footwear brings Todd’s vision for classic design and highlights it with a modern appeal.

lewis chukka in blazer blue snyder and cole haan collaboration

One example of the merging of these two great designers is the Lewis Chukka in Blazer Blue. The Chukka boot has been a popular style since the 1940’s and you will find this particular style in mostly brown and black leather, but Todd Snyder has taken this low leather boot and brought it to us in a fantastic dusty navy, pebbled leather. This modern twist on a vintage classic shoe allows for more versatility with a color that will blend well with both a casual look and also gives you the ability to dress it up a little.

willet plain oxford in magnet color snyder haan

Next is the Willet Plain Oxford in Magnet, which is a simple style oxford shoe that has Cole Haan’s classic leather sole paired with a smooth grey leather that has modern lines and contrast stitching around the laces. If you don’t know already, grey is the new black and this particular shoe gives you a traditional styling in a fresh neutral palette, which will take you from Spring to Summer and then, into Fall.

spring summer todd snyder 2015 collection

Some new Spring-Summer 2015 looks by Todd Snyder that would go great with this new collaboration with Cole Haan would be this casual grey sweater, worn over a crisp white shirt and tie, that is paired with charcoal colored trousers.

snyder blue jacket

The other blue chukka could be worn with this brighter jean-style blue jacket and the dark charcoal grey pants. Both styles of shoe allow you to have fun with color without going overboard.

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Nike Free Trainer Sneakers

Did your New Year’s resolution include more exercise?  Then, you need the right shoe in order to get the job done.  At the online retailer Millet Sports, they have the newest version of the Nike Free Trainer men’s running shoes, which are perfect for a man on the run (so to speak).
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It is a shoe that provides a light weight, but supportive black mesh upper, that also has a water resistant finish to keep your foot protected from some of the elements that you will encounter on your run. This shoe is built to offer a decent amount of cushioning, while keeping the profile of the sole low and the heel-toe construction promotes the most effective stride. I say decent amount because I did experience some slight aching after running a serious distance, but the light use of padding definitely resulted in next to no sweating inside.  A fair trade-off!

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Also, as an added plus, the reflective upper will offer some safety for running in times of low light. Just keep in mind: A shoe that is too heavy will tire your feet more easily as you travel though your day and a heavier-weight construction will have a tendency to overheat your feet over time.

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Now, from a fashion point of view, the color options for Nike Free Trainer men’s sneakers allows for a variety of cool combinations.  With my pair, the black color of the mesh upper and the bi-color sole is done in a groovy black and white and green combo that will blend easily into your casual outfits, as compared to the stark white or all-over brightly colored athletic shoes.  You could easily get away with wearing these Nike running shoes with a pair of jeans, as you could with running shorts or sweats.

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Infographic: Unusual Uses of Shoes That You Might Not Have Thought Of

Who knew shoes could be so versatile? Well, we did – here’s a quick and fun infographic to get you up to speed. Click for a large version.

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Infographic care of http://www.fswshoes.com.au.

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How to Tie Your Shoes In Fashionable Ways!

How do you tie your shoes laces?  When asked this question, you might just assume that there is one way.  However, there are many different ways to tie your shoelaces.  Each way has its own advantages, disadvantages, and unique look that stands out.  Lets take a look at a few of them now.

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Criss Cross Lacing

Criss cross lacing is what most people are familiar with.  It is a traditional look that combines comfort with ease of lacing.  The trouble is however that it is known to corrugate the shoes.  While this isn’t a problem for some, it is a big problem for others, who spend a great deal of money on their footwear.  The comfort comes from the fact that the criss cross lacing crosses in the gap between the sides of the shoe, instead of pressing against the tops of the foot.

The Criss cross lacing begins with a strait line that goes underneath both of the bottom eyelets.  From here, they go across and then under and over.  Repeat until you get to the top of the shoes.

Over Under Lacing

Over under lacing is different then criss cross lacing in an important way.  Over under lacing is considered the fastest and easies way to tie laces.  It creates less wear & tear and is a decorative look.

The over under lacing begins with a straight line that goes over and under both eyelets on either side.  Now, the lace stays under until it goes through the next eyelet up on the other side.  Now that both laces are up, you lace both over before putting them both under again.  Repeat until you reach the top.  It should be noted, that if you have an odd number of eyelet pairs, you should start with your straight line going under over, instead of over under.

Display Shoe Lacing

The display shoe lacing is how shoes are laced when they are on display.  It makes the laces look nicer.  However, it is more challenging for the laces to be tightened.  In addition, it is normally easier to loosen.  In addition, this kind of lacing is often called “Canadian Lacing” as some Ice Hockey players in Canada use it to make a tighter lacing for their skates.

This begins with a straight line going into and behind through the eyelets.  After that, every cross lace goes under and out through the top.

Finally, check out this nifty infographic of our own to help you learn visually these styles of footwear knotting! (Click to enlarge.)

How to tie your shoes

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Top 10 Shoes Quotes of all Time

Since the dawn of time, women have had a fascination with shoes of all kinds – high heel, low heel, kitten heel, peep-toe, closed toe, stiletto, sandal – the list goes on and on! Many theories have been put forward as to the reason behind the female fascination with footwear – the confidence that is instilled when a pair of new shoes are slipped on, the boost to the self-esteem when we step out in a pair of pretty pumps, the way they make women feel.  

Shoe Love 

Personally, I love shoes because like most women, my weight fluctuates from time to time and my favourite comfy jeans suddenly aren’t so comfy anymore, but my shoes whether they are flat, wedge or heel…they always fit me no matter what – always with me, like a good and faithful friend. And, it would seem, I’m not alone – many celebrities, fashion designers and fashion icons have espoused their love of the shoe and in doing so, have uttered quotes which have become extremely popular, all over the world.  

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Shoe Quotes 

Having come across hundreds of quotations, in my opinion, these are the top 10 shoe quotes of all time –  

  1. “You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” — Christian Dior 
  1. “A woman can carry a bag, but it is the shoe that carries the woman.” –  Christian Louboutin 
  1. “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe 
  1. “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” — Christian Louboutin 

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  1. “I wouldn’t take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, ‘Oh, that looks like a comfortable shoe.’ There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly. But who cares? You don’t have to walk in high heels.” — Christian Louboutin 
  1. “I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes” – Oprah Winfrey 
  1. “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.” – Coco Chanel 
  1. “How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” – Sonia Rykiel 
  1. “I did not have 3,000 pairs of shoes; I had one thousand and sixty.”  Imelda Marcos 
  1. “Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal!” – Vivienne Westwood 

Words of wisdom 

Some of these quotes are witty, some insightful, others are thought-provoking but the one common thread between them is that they all display their deep affection and love for the humble shoe. These shoe quotes have been used time and time again by people the world over as little gems of wisdom to be dropped into a conversation or used in an article or essay. 

Why not write down your favorite and tape it somewhere you will see it every day? Whatever you do, hopefully you have enjoyed reading them as much as we had compiling them. 

Niamh O’Hara is a part time blogger and full time shoe fanatic from Dublin, Ireland. She wrote this article on behalf of Fitzpatricks Shoes who are one of Ireland’s leading shoe stores.

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