So many Spring 2011 runways were awash in eyepopping neon prints and pop art mania that we were savoring the refreshingly unadorned minimalism of Albert Kriemler's Akris Spring 2011 collection in Paris...when we found ourselves fixating on the vaguely fetishistic footwear created especially for the show by Walter Steiger. Inspired by Kriemler's recent trip to Japan ("ishi" is Japanese for "stone"), they bring to mind the fabulous towering chopines of the late 16th century. "Walter was inspired by the sensation of standing without shoes on a round stone," explains Paul Steiger, one of the third generation of Steigers involved in the family biz. "The toes are pointing downward - exactly the opposite of classic high heels, and the view from the front of the model's leg reminds me of a ballerina dancing en pointe. It's a revolutionary concept."
Love Walter Steiger shoes as much as we do? Then be sure to check out our fun Q&A we did with them recently!
- Lesley Scott