If I had the resources, I would buy every pair of shoes I have ever fallen in love with. Would I buy every pair I've ever seen? No, but very close. I have always believed there is something magnetic about shoes. Shoes come in a variety of colors and sizes to fit a variety of styles and occasions; they are pretty, charming, and practical. Choosing the perfect pair of shoes in the morning is essential to putting together the perfect outfit. Part of their beauty is their versatility and the fact that shoes can bring a great deal of personality to an outfit. Recently, a friend of mine sent me a link that displayed the work of a new footwear artist; and when I say artist, I mean that literally.
Kobi Levi, the designer of these very unique shoes, graduated from the jewelry and accessories design department of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He now specializes in footwear design and development. I can't think of a more literal and novel way (if you are brave enough to wear them) to bring your personality to your outfit. Do you enjoy roller coasters? Get a pair of the roller coaster shoes. Want to constantly be reminded of your favorite childhood memories?
I have always believed shoes are essentially a work of art, but Kobi takes it a little further than I would have ever imagined. He believes that "footwear should have its life with and without being on the feet, on the contrary to cloths that exist only when being worn." I suppose, in this way, Kobi adds to the versatility of shoes, giving them the ability to also become a conversation piece for your living room.
Kobi Levi aims to create sculptures that you can wear. Instead of drawing from the fads of the time, his inspiration comes from "outside of the shoe world." All of his designs are handmade. For the most part, people describe these "works of art" simply as humorous and a "unique view on footwear." I have to admit these shoes would not be among the many to be added to my collection if I had the resources. They are too much displayed personality for me. I, however, would happily accept them as a gift to put on display because I still think they are a piece of art. I don't think you would find many of them around.
For about five years now, Kobi has been working as a freelance designer. He is currently in collaboration with a few international companies to create his own women's line in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem.
On a side note, Kobi Levi is a fan of Madonna. After her Superbowl performance on Sunday, many people proclaimed Madonna as the Lady Gaga (who is also said to be a fan of some of Levi's work) of the 80's. I felt like I should put this in tribute to her.
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