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Fairy Tale-Themed Footwear: Walk Happily Ever After

Fairy Tale Footwear

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen princess or fairy tale-themed footwear, and I doubt this will be the last. This latest collection is by designer Charlotte Olympia and it’s aptly called “Once Upon a Time.” The line is part of her Fall 2013 collection and features everyone’s favorite princesses, like Rapunzel and Cinderella, to well-known and beloved characters like Puss in Boots and the Frog Prince.

Each whimsical pair in the line carries Charlotte’s signature style. Considering that a pair of shoes from her line normally costs several hundred dollars (and upwards!), you can probably expect the same less-than-happily-ever-after price tags for this collection.

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High Tide Heels

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I have a friend who goes to the beach in high heels. Really. I know. But hey, I don’t judge. Much. The point is I thought of her when I saw these shoes. They’ve been around for a few years, but I only now found out about them. They’re called High Tide Heels and appear to have been an art exhibit by Paul Schietekat. They’re not for sale, and according to him, not wearable. I still think my friend should have a go in them because at least then she’d have somewhat of an excuse to wear heels on the beach.

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Unifold Folds Into a Pretty Nifty Shoe

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Shoes are among the bulkiest of objects travelers have to contend with when they’re packing. What can eliminate the problem entirely, though, is Horatio Yuxin Han’s experimental project called Unifold. It’s essentially leather with a die-cut pattern that can be folded into an actual shoe. It doesn’t take much skill to fold the shoe into form, as the shape of the starting material makes it easy to do.

Of course, you’ll need some adhesive to make sure the folded-up portions stay attached, but that’s about it. Hit the break for a couple more shots showing how easy it is to fold your own shoe with Unifold.

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Han came up with Unifold along with Professor Crowley.

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Sky-High ‘Star Wars’ Wedges Are Out of This World

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These sky-high Star Wars-themed wedges won’t let you do some actual skywalking but they’re awesome anyway. They’re made by Etsy seller DeckoFab and feature well-known elements and characters from George Lucas’s hit franchise. Each pair is made-to-order, so I think it’s safe to say that no two pairs will ever be alike.

The seller takes custom orders as well, so you can commission an all-Luke Skywalker or all-Darth Vader pair if you’re a good girl or bad girl, respectively. The wedges cost $115. They’re also available as high-heeled boots, which are priced at $110.

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Will Adidas’ New Shoe Propel Your Forward Faster?

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It’s called the Springblade, and instead of a normal sole, it’s got these angled “blades” that return your kinetic energy with a somewhat forward (rather than an only upward) vector. This, in turn, is supposed to translate into a more efficient stride.

Unlike standard EVA midsoles that deliver energy return in a vertical direction, Springblade features 16 forward angled blades made out of a high-tech polymer. The highly elastic blades instantaneously react to any environment, compressing and releasing energy to create an efficient push-off that feels like you have springs under your feet. Each blade is precisely tuned in geometry, thickness and position for each phase of a runner’s stride to provide support and a full range of movement. Additionally, Springblade’s flexible construction was designed to hug the top of a runner’s foot, locking it in to harness the energy returned from the springs on the outsole.

Is this all marketing technobabble? We’re not sure, but as soon as they’re out on August 1st (for $180), we’re sure to start hearing all about it.

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3D Printed Shoes Feature iPhone Holster

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Given that the iPhone pictured is likely a 4S, you’ll correctly surmise that the above product isn’t exactly new. In fact, the iPhone Mashup Shoe by Alan Nguyen was created some time in 2012 and exhibited at the Milan Design Week in 2012 and the Maison et Objet show in Paris, again in 2012. But it doesn’t matter, since we’re pretty sure that a good number of you guys haven’t seen it and as impractical as the actual shoe is (who wants to bend down to their feet just to answer the phone?), we think it’s a great example of the kind of things 3D printers are capable of. The shoes were commissioned by Freedom Of Creation for FreshFiber, a company that makes “personalized 3D accessories.”

There isn’t whole lot more to say about them. We’re not sure you can even buy them, but you can hit the jump and look at two more pictures, and links.

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Ice Cream Heels Look Good Enough to Eat, But Look Pretty Silly When Worn

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When it comes to Melissa footwear, it’s all about the plastic. So trust me when I say that while these ice cream heels look good enough to eat, they are clearly and obviously not edible. Melissa teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld to create a playful line of pumps that feature an ice cream cone on the heel.

It looks just any ordinary pair of pumps until you turn around and then BAM! It’s full-on ice cream exposure.

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When Famous Paintings Are Turned Into High-Heeled Shoes

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For some women, shoes are more than just footwear. They can be considered as wearable art, with designs that reflect its wearer’s personality. For example, women with eclectic personalities will find these shoes fancy and completely wearable, while those with more conservative tastes will probably keep on walking when they spot these pairs.

When you take a look at designer Boyarde Messenger’s newest shoe collection, then you’ll see right off the bat that it’s for women who appreciate classic art. Messenger used the renowned paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others from the concept thought up by designer Charlotte Olympia for Neiman Marcus.

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I Want Them So Bad: Nike’s ‘Iron Man’ Air Force 1 Downtown Sneakers

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One look at these sneakers and you’ll know immediately where the design was inspired from. Iron Man 3 hits theaters in less than two months, and clearly, everyone’s excited. So here’s something else for you to talk about aside from the movie’s newly-released trailer: these awesome Iron Man Air Force 1 downtown sneakers by Nike.

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