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.


Mr. Bailey

Product Designer + Footwear Architect | Founder of @ConceptKicks |

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