As a life long shoe lover, I value two major things when picking out a new pair of pumps or stilettos, the look and practicality. Regardless of what my brain suggests, I adore shoes for the sake of art, and can literally spend hours obsessing about my shoe love. When I learned about the book by Jane Gershon Weitzman called Art & Sole where she collected the best examples of shoes created from highly unique materials, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I desperately needed to see that book!
The scarlet and gold edition of Art & Sole looks as exquisite and luxurious as ready-to-wear creations by Jane’s husband Stewart Weitzman, the renowned shoe designer. The models of shoes collected in Jane’s book were not designed for wearing. Instead, those artifacts were used as a part of “fantasy shoe” window display project for Weitzman’s retail shop on Madison Avenue in the mid-1990s. During the years of research, Jane collected photos of approximately 150 of the most unique shoes you could possibly imagine (think feathers, paper, metal, fresh flowers and even frosting!) that are carefully curated under the hard cover of Art & Sole.
In this exclusive interview for the StyleSprinter blog Jane Gershon Weitzman provides a little more detail about her book Art & Sole. Also, she will be giving away a copy of her luxurious table book for one of my readers. Check out the end of this post for details!
On shoes as artifacts:
I love most forms of art, but since the shoes in the book were chosen for display in our store windows, they seemed most appropriate.
On her art collection:
I love art and collect whatever I fall in love with. I recently bought some modern art in Shanghai.
On missing shoes for “Art & Sole”:
I was never able to find glass shoes. I found a few artists who work in glass, but they never delivered any shoes.
On flats vs. heels:
There are many shoes in the book that have low or flat heels. I think that almost every kind of shoe or boot can be made fashionable.
On her shoe collection:
I have so many shoes that I have never counted them.
On her first high heels experience:
I wore my fist pair of three-inch heels when I was 13. I love both the shoes and wearing them.
On shoes that match the bag:
Actually, I think sophisticated women stopped wearing matching shoes and bags over 25 years ago. I think that bags and shoes should work together, but not match if possible.
On publishing “Art & Sole 2”:
I am still receiving many invitations to speak about Art & Sole, so I won’t have time to think about a second book any time soon.
GIVEAWAY! Do you want to win a hard copy of Jane Gershon Weitzman’s book Art & Sole? Then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below and answer the question in the comments area, ‘What is the most unique pair of shoes that you have in your collection?’ Please feel free to simply submit your photos. I will select the best answer (or photo) and mail you the hard copy of the book kindly provided by Jane Weitzman. US and Canada entries only. The contest ends at midnight of April 15, 2015. Good luck!
All photos from the book are courtesy of Lucas Zarebinski