Archive Revisited: Zandy

This week I’m looking back at our Zandy Heels. To date this is probably the most complex bit of pattern making I’ve done. The idea and inspiration were simple: 70’s New York subway graffiti as a sandal. Keith Haring (prodigal son of the NYC graffiti scene) has been used and interpreted many times but I wanted to go back to a time when things were simpler - and back then coloured paint was expensive!

Graffiti has been reimagined many times before but seemingly always as a print. I made this shoe by taking each arrow as part of the structure of the shoe so that they flow and fit around the foot leaving real gaps and holes. I gave the edges a thick black line to evoke the massive black marker pens originally used in 70‘s subterranean New York City.