The radical places flat shoes have taken us this week. By Kerryn Moscicki. Founder. Radical Yes.
You would think as someone who owns a footwear brand, I wear a lot of different shoes to a lot of different places. Like most of us though I tend towards repeat dressing and it’s something I am thinking about a lot when we are designing the range.
"Do these objects suit many different occasions? Will they be everyday useful and appropriate?" This week's Flat Shoe Week in Review proves the sentiment.
The Layers has been one of those shoes that we conjured up specifically for event dressing. Because of its point toe it feels sharp like heels sometimes can and in the cement palette it has a kind of ephemeral quality that instantly says dressed up.
This week they were on high rotation for 2 very different events.
On Tuesday they took me to see my friend and mentor Cathryn Wills speak on sustainability and ethics in fashion as part of a Mercedes Me store presentation. Cathryn owns vegan luxury handbag label Sans Beast and is also our neighbour at our new studio space. During her presentation Cathryn touched on ideas around vulnerability and the courage it takes to run a small business, and talked openly about the inspiration she had found in Brene Brown’s work of ‘being in the arena and daring greatly’.
Because I went on my own and was feeling quite vulnerable myself I didn’t take any shoe pictures. But when the feedback form came around I was surprised to see evidence of my front row point toe conviction, despite the otherwise concerned look on my face (see above). Why they sent a picture of Cathryn’s back is anyone’s guess but I do encourage you to look up Sans Beast and read more about Cathryn’s message and beautiful products.
On Thursday our friend Misha from Format Framing launched an exhibition they called ‘Editions’ that featured the work of several local photographer’s made even more beautiful by the frames his team had made to present them in. This time I managed to get some photographic proof of the instantly dressed up appeal of The Layers, wearing them again in my high rotation cement colour mixed with my other favourite washed denim jeans from Neuw.
This is the picture I wanted to buy from the event by Scottie Cameron (above right).
Afterwards we walked quite a-ways back to the car and onto dinner in Richmond and the whole time I was grounded and comfortable and quietly high-fiveing myself. I really love going out in these shoes.
On Friday we had a photoshoot with our friend Holly Graham and it was cold in Melbourne. I had to open the shop, but Sofia and Leo ran the shoot. So this flat shoe in review edit comes from Sofia’s outfit which features our Liberation loafer in Black (see below). This is the ultimate flat-shoe-at-work shoe because it says dressed up in quite a literal way even when paired with Sofia’s excellent denim and sweat combination. I have been so amazed by all the different women these shoes are speaking to in The Fitting Salon. They have a magical quality that can range from cool girl vintage to getting-things-done professional with a simple switch of jeans to dress. Ubiquity and versatility in one.
On Sunday we visited the Rei Kawakubo Comme Des Garcons exhibition at the NGV. I wore my favourite Sunday shoes Utopia square toes in black. They felt exhibition appropriate given almost every outfit in the show was completed by some kind of flat shoe. We have shared before the influence of Rei’s aesthetic on our own process and seeing this many of her garments in one place and up close only served to confirm that even more. The exhibition notes talked about the ‘radical statements’ Comme Des Garcons have made and I thought again about that word radical and how powerful it is. A signifier of thinking differently and running against the grain.
Afterwards we walked to the city library and further confirmation on this appeared with this book called ‘A walk through Paris. A Radical Exploration.’ Further proof that everywhere you look there is serendipity and inspiration. Radical and Yes.