Design Process: Levia - Short Bootie

The final piece that I handmade for my design thesis is a short bootie that laces up the side with prominent spike details.

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This is the original pencil sketch that I did of the design. It was intended to have a contoured wedge heel that resembled driftwood in the ocean.

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I started with a block of clay and cut it to the shape of a wedge heel.

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I attempted to carve a natural looking wood grain into the clay but the end result was so ugly that I decided to scrap this heel design.

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I ended up using the narwhal horn style heel and spikes on this shoe. It took many rounds of painting and finishing to end up with the perfect color.

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Applying the pearl embroidery so it looks like it was effortlessly scattered in just the right places. You can never have too many pearls.

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Lasting the upper.

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A sneak peek of the finished product. This one is my absolute favorite piece from the collection.

Until next design, 

Charanor