The first pair of shoes I ever designed (not had made, but sat down and conjured up) was actually a pair of flats made of a bunch of different materials in shades of pink. I’m not sure why I still haven’t had that particular design brought to life because they are actually a pretty cute concept, but instead, my first pair of flats I had made were actually these zebra flats.
Inspiration-wise I pulled from a few areas: I have a great pair of leopard flats with a dark turquoise suede trim that my mom surprised me with from Carolina Herrera a few years ago. They are probably the softest shoe I own, offering absolutely no support or shape and 10, 000% comfortable. The second source is actually kind of funny; E has a pair of zebra print swim trunks that are years old now, I always thought that they were a pretty fun print. He also has quite the selection of hockey jerseys. Between the two, I thought that the shoes were sort of like smushing his shorts and jerseys into a shoe.
I added a bit more structure to the design and used a super soft calf hair for the zebra print. I as well used red suede for the trim- I prefer the flexibility of suede over a soft leather. I actually enjoyed creating this shoe so much that I turned this model as a jumping off point into a bit of a series with this design, developing strappy sandals, heels, &c. &c.
Anyway, thanks for coming by and reading. This is the last post in my little series and I hope everyone has enjoyed it. I was so excited to finally getting around to sharing these pairs with you- they may be little designs but are in fact hugely monumental to me in my fashion journey. Perhaps soon I will share some more of my designs with you! I would love to hear some feedback so don’t forget to comment below!