A shoe palace has been unveiled in Melbourne’s CBD to show the power of shoes in a world where many women wear flip flops and no longer wear heels.
Key points:”Beautiful shoes” are now the standard for Australian shoe designers and buyers” Shoes are being used as an affordable alternative to traditional footwear and accessoriesThe shoes are worn to show that women’s shoes can still be stylish and elegant”We’ve taken shoes to a new level,” said Anna, a shoe designer who declined to give her last name.”
We want to show people what women are made of.
I think that we’ve taken something beautiful and brought it into a way of life that has been lacking for so long.
“The shoe palace was launched in Melbourne by Anna and her partner, Nick, who also runs a shoe boutique.”
When you’re a shopper, you’re in the shoes that you’re buying. “
It brings the most wonderful elements of fashion and design together and it gives you an idea of what you can buy with those kinds of money.”
When you’re a shopper, you’re in the shoes that you’re buying.
You’re not just buying a pair of shoes and then trying to find a pair to wear that weekend.
“The palace was designed by Melbourne-based shoe designer Anna, whose latest designs are inspired by the Australian desert and desert coast.”
It’s a way for us to show our style, which is all about sustainability and the environment,” Anna said.”
There’s nothing more important than sustainability.
So we wanted to create something that we can wear to show we’re a sustainable brand.
“Anna said the shoes were designed to show women that they could still wear heels to work and out at the weekend.”
I really want to highlight that,” she said.”[We want] people to understand the importance of making the transition to flip flop shoes when they’re wearing flip flippers.
“Key points :The shoes were originally meant to be worn on the beach, but now can be worn anywhere the foot can be takenAn elegant and modern style is a new way of wearing shoesAustralia’s first shoe-shaped hotel is being built in the Australian capital”I want people to be aware of the environmental consequences of shoes,” Anna added.”
You can see the impact that footwear has on the environment.
The water table in the cities is literally disappearing and the amount of land we’re taking up is decreasing.
“The pair has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to create a shoe palace in the city.”
For a lot of people in Melbourne, there’s this perception that shoe-wearing is going to be more of a fashion thing, or more of an art thing, than a practical thing,” Anna explained.”
So this shoe palace is about creating a space that allows people to feel comfortable and be able to express themselves in that way.
“She hopes the shoes will encourage people to take a more active role in the fashion industry, and also encourage people who would rather not wear shoes to buy one instead.”
In a world that is so dominated by heels, people are choosing to buy a pair and say, ‘I don’t want to wear a pair because I’m uncomfortable with wearing heels.
I’m not going to wear shoes for this reason’,” she said.”
You can have the casual look, you can have a formal style, you’ve got a cute shoe that has this very elegant effect. “
There’s so many different ways to wear them.
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So I want people who are thinking of going to work to go and think about how they can create their own style.”
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