16 December 2008

Wu Wear The Renaissance Garment Nikes


Although the results rarely gain but a select audience, it is actually rather a common occurence for a designer to rework and recut sneakers. Usually the end product looks exactly like that - a cut up sneaker. The materials and construction for the majority of sneakers do not lend themselves to having pieces cut out, however appealing the surface stitching misleads one to believe. Yet every so often a designer comes along who approaches the concept with a clear end result in mind and seeks the perfect sneaker with which to realise this.

Product design student, Nancy Wu, of the Art Centre College of Design in Pasedena, created these incarnations of the conceptual 'cut and sew' sneaker. Taking inspiration from the Hellenistic period , Wu was inspired by the humble Greco-Roman sandal in her creation of a contemporary and original silhouette.

Admittedly I was actually blown away by only one of her designs:


This is actually one of the best cut away designs I have seen in a long time. The silhouette oddly looks completely natural for the sneaker. If these were actually produced by Nike, I feel they would easily sell to a sizeable number of women.

Currently playing: You Rock My World - Michael Jackson

xxxx

44 comments:

  1. I'm sitting in class with a bunch og people right now, and they're all amazed by these shoes;D We're like "woooah"! I just gave you an award at my blog dear:)

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  2. These are so odd, but I actually kind of like them.

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  3. Very unique. taking art to a whole new level.

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  4. Cool post. Still not sure I'd want to wear them..but they sure look cool.

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  5. Very impressive shoes. You're so informative. Definitely couldn't wear those hear today. Its snowing. Even a snow advisary.

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  6. thanks so much for the comment from other day.

    Such an interesting piece. Digg'n the shoes.

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  7. Wow - I am amazed to say that I agree! The others don't really ring my chimes, but that last pair are intriguing.

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  8. sorry, finally getting around to commenting back- yeah the snoopy shirt is one of my faves, but I'm torn between overwearing it that is starts wearing out haha

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  9. They remind me of the Romans meeting the Gladiators. A very fun, cool twist. And just in time for the Holidays. :)

    The best part of the Christmas concert was that it felt like Christmas day, thanks to the music and intermission snacks; along with seeing everybody dressed up in their best. :)

    Thanks for the comment on my outfit and eye makeup, dapper kid. You know I always appreciate your feedback!

    xx

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  10. Those are incredible! Loves them! And adoring the new profile pic, btw!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  11. OMG, these are fantastic!!!! I would totally wear the ones with the yellow lace-ups. Can you say gangSTAR?!?!

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  12. NIIICE! I think you just made me add a new item to my "dear santa" list. They will be PERFECT for spring! btw.... AWESOOOOME SONG! LOVE DA MAN!

    love,
    ramona.ny

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  13. my first thought was no wayyyyy... but i definitely think some ppl could rock those.

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  14. Did she just take a Nike and do that to it? So interesting.

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  15. Not a trainer girl by any stretch of the imagination, but I would totally buy those! Stonewash denim cut offs and a sheer tee and happy days!

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  16. Those are pretty great looking-definitely intentional and not like massacred sneakers!

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  17. Yikes-- cold feet in the winter. But I'm such a fan! It's like the shock factor of the MJ backwards heels from 07 Fashion Week.

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  18. I feel more at ease when you referred to them as greco-roman gladiator sandals. I can't swallow that these would pass off as sneakers. They remind of Alexander McQueens with a Nike twist.

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  19. Very interesting ... but definately no something I would wear :P

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  20. love these gladiator type of trainers!the last are my fave too.id buy these.
    muah x
    Marian

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  21. Oh my god, I don't think I've ever wanted a pair of Nike shoes so badly.

    I'm shocked at how much I love these!

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  22. they're quite cool, but they'd be cold in this weather!

    i love your blog!! :D

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  23. Very intriguing, the last ones are my fav.

    xx

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  24. i love the shoes they're not the typical nikes, they are loads better. I'm especially in love with the last pair. Nike for gladiators. Lovely blog!

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  25. Lol! That is so epic! I don't really want it though loll

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  26. I really want that last pair, they are pretty darn cool.

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  27. yup - the last pair is the only one that strikes me as a WIN. but I still wouldn't wear it.

    my sneakers should be sneakers.

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  28. Their so weird... but I like them!

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  29. Interesting.

    That said... it's a talk of town because suddenly sandals have nike logos on them?

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  30. So, how can I go about getting these in a size 7 shipped to me? :) They are awesome!

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  31. fabulous but i could never pull them off
    xxx


    www.balmainbazaar.blogspot.com

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  32. Wow they look cool and yes like gladiator sandals!
    xxx

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  33. Wow they look cool and yes like gladiator sandals!
    xxx

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  34. Wow they look cool and yes like gladiator sandals!
    xxx

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  35. Just the idea alone is great, even if the final products don't live up to it.

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  36. I think this is a genius idea and Nike would be dumb to not get this girl and capitalize on her ideas!

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  37. dieu i just wanna buy them, last design/picture is fantastic

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