Noritaka Tatehana


cowhide leather
13 x 3 1/2 x 8 inches

As much a piece of art as avant-garde design, the heel-less shoes of designer Noritaka Tatehana received international attention once they were popularized by celebrities and socialites. The feminine shape of Lady Bloom from Heel-less Shoes Series is heightened by its intense red leather and scrolling pattern. Drawing from the tradition of platform sandals in Japan, Tatehana constructs architectural creations that allow the wearer to balance without a heel, seemingly defying physics. Heel-Less Shoe Series: Lady Bloom is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s current exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.

These items are intended as a sculptural object and not for use.