By LAWRENCE TAN
German industrial designer Christian Werner spent the large part of his career conceptualizing and designing shoe shelves that would display shoes in the best possible light.
However, what was to be a routine shopping trip in Amsterdam on a fine day in 2006 birthed an inspiration and desire in Werner to try his hand at designing shoes.
His idea was simple enough: remove the bulk of the material in a normal wedge heel, leaving only the silhouette, since it’s the wedge’s silhouette that is responsible for the shoe’s allure.
The challenge, therefore, was to find a material that can support the weight of the wearer. Werner experimented on aluminium, first sketching out a cardboard model, and then a polished aluminium prototype, and the Zoe was born.
At six inches tall, Werner’s “hollowed out” wedge Zoe heels look like a tall order for any woman to walk in, but the open aluminium frame makes the wedges look elegant and light on the feet.
And lest you still have any lingering doubts, the leather straps that warp around your feet and ankles not only provide additional safety, they also make you feel incredibly sexy. The price for a pair of these limited edition Zoe heels? 2,500 Euros.
via JC Report