posted by: designer in Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes on December 5th, 2010
One of the things I love most about Giuseppe Zanotti’s shoes are the way they incorporate different aspects of fashion into footwear. For instance, take a look at the Corset Pumps ($696 at ShopBop) he did for Thakoon. If you’ve ever had any questions about where Zanotti finds inspiration, these pumps may well tell you everything you need to know.
Just to give you some examples, I recently read an interview with him where he reveals that one pair of his favorite shoes was inspired by a buckle on one of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars. At the same time, he is inspired by fantasy – not a woman you see walking the streets, dining out, or shopping, but a woman you imagine, a woman you fantasize about. For all of that, you might imagine his shoes to be magical, whimsical, dramatic creations you can never actually wear. While the first half of that conjecture is certainly true, the latter half is definitely not. Giuseppe Zanotti is every woman’s shoe designer – his shoes are made with a variety of women in mind, from 18 year olds to 60 year olds.
The Corset Pumps are definitely young and hip, but they are still made for any woman to wear. The upper, corset cuff is made of sumptuous suede with an exquisitely designed texture. It laces up just like the garment that inspires it. There is also a finely detailed gathering at the vamp and the back of the heel, which is covered in suede as well. It goes about 4 and ½ inches, along with a ½ inch platform. With the sleek, almond shaped toe, the silhouette of the pump actually looks a bit like a woman wearing a corset.
Do you pay attention to what inspires designers? Would you wear a shoe that was inspired by something outlandish?