Well-made shoes always look like works of art to me: Like tiny wearable sculptures. It’s probably not entirely unexpected then that others feel similarly — one of those being artist Sebastian Errazuriz. In 2013, Errazuriz debuted his installation, 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers at Miami Art Basel. A collection of twelve shoe-like sculptures inspired by twelve of the artist’s ex-girlfriends, and realized through the use of a 3D printer, these shoes were really quite spectacular, and were featured in a couple of The Gig’s Posts from that time. Because: Shoe Art.
After Errazuriz gained popularity by creating the best insulated work boots for major Brazilian construction and government companies, his idea of creating wearable shoe art was just too good to lay dormant, Brazilian plastic footwear brand Melissa Shoes has unveiled a special collaboration with Errazuriz in which two of his designs from 12 Lovers — The Boss and The Gold Digger, have been reproduced as shoes you can buy in the Melissa stores located around the world. Galeria Melissa in Soho, NYC threw a fun launch party last week and we were lucky enough to snag an invite. Please enjoy our photos from the event!
The first design to be created as a fully wearable shoe is called The Boss, which is a black stiletto featuring a brass knuckle-like embellishment under the arch of the shoe.
The Boss’ prototype was on display at the shop, along with most of the other shoes from the original 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers exhibit. Each shoe is displayed along with the highly stylized backstory of the woman who inspired it.
The updated Boss design has a more manageable heel, and three instead of for rings.
We posted the above photo on FaceBook and it got 100 Likes in ten minutes. You can imagine that these shoes will sell like crazy.
The second design on sale at Galeria Melissa is based on the Gold Digger (with the heel of the shoe resembling a Golden human form).
Both The Boss and The Gold Digger sell for $450 per pair and are available to purchase right now, but for a limited time only.
If you haven’t already been there, Galeria Melissa is a gorgeous boutique with this fun Chandelier that has little parrots and other birds hiding in it. Let’s take a closer look.
Here is Sebastian being interviewed by a reporter. We did not get to meet him but he seemed very nice and happy to talk about the shoes.
Here are some of the other shoes from 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers:
It was a fun party and an absolute thrill to be able to see the 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers in person!
Galeria Melissa is Located at 102 Greene Street (Between Prince and Spring), Soho, New York. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Sunday from 12 Noon to 6:00 PM.