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Sneakers For Breakfast | Suzanne Oude Hengel

As i’m sure many of you are aware, last week myself and a group of designers created footwear concepts for Takashi Murakami’s “Sneakers For Breakfast” event at ComplexCon in Long Beach, California. The idea of the event being that we could each create a concept that was pure creativity and void of any of the constraints of mass production, and we of course all used Takashi as our muse for the project.

After a week of meetings and realising how everything in LA takes atleast a fkn hour to get to, I’m finally back in London and able to give a bit of a synopses of the event. So, I’ll be doing a peice on each of the concepts that were showcased – the first concept being from the super talented dutch knitting machine that is, Suzanne Oude Hengel.

As you can see below, Suzanne created an incredibly unique knitted shell toe/tabi concept. The details on these were beautiful, as Suzanne actually created a one-peice knit pattern at the TextileLab that featured Takashi’s infamous jelly eye’s throughout, as well as embroidering large eye patches that fastened/held the shoe together.

This was a classic case of a shoe that would garner more attention from people that “know shoes” – or atleast that’s what I initially thought – as the shoes grabbed a lot of attention from everyone passing by the booth, from young sneaker heads to indsutry vets and ended up raising $4050.00 when sold at auction (proceeds going to XQAmerica).

You can see some of the initial development, as well as some final beauty shots of Suzanne’s Sneakers For Breakfast concept, below.
 


 
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Mr. Bailey

Product Designer + Footwear Architect | Founder of @ConceptKicks | Instagram @MrBailey_ | www.MrBailey.co.uk