Some of the most famous and most impactful changes to the fashion industry have been in the development of new and revolutionary designs for footwear. From the classic Oxford dress shoe to Christian Louboutin’s recently unveiled spike covered sneakers, there’s not really that much left to cover since footwear has, over the years experienced a number of different designs, styles and modifications since the idea for the use of leather and/or rubber in the shoe soles.
They featured a number of colors ranging from simply black to a mix of bright shades of orange, white and the popular camouflage. They’ve also featured different materials from classic leather to wool, suede or with rhinestone additions.
Celebrities such as Kanye West known for his line of Yeezys, Virgil Abloh’s development of the Off-White brand and famed Italian designer Valentino Garavani have all been making strides to evolve and adapt footwear into the next generation.
Many brands (such as Christian Louboutin featured above) have gone so far as to remove the laces and replace it with a sock-like restraint, adding decorations, different patterns and so on. But even with that being the case, the question still looms…has creativity run out when it comes to footwear?
Well, in large part it depends on how far brands are willing to go with experimentation going further with the risks than they have in the past (the barefoot sticky sole pad from Solees not applicable).
Though the idea isn’t to go to such extreme lengths that remove any sort of appeal. But sometimes it does require that. Risk is an essential part of creativity. The willfulness to just experiment with what you want to do. In this case footwear is best compared to music.
Albums such as Sgt. Pepper from The Beatles or Yeezus from Kanye West were at their cores experimental…trying new things. But then again, their’s only so many ways that someone can change the design of a shoe/sneaker. Time will only tell if the creativity has really run out.
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