For Iris van Herpen’s 2015-16 A/W show in Paris, the models sported dazzling crystal shoes designed by Noritaka Tatehana. Named “Heelless Shoes for Iris van Herpen,” crystal nets encircled the feet of the models to produce a beautiful and visionary effect.
Nearly half a year was spent by Van Herpen and Tatehana to realize the unique pair of shoes. Based on Tatehana’s revolutionary heelless shoes, crystals were used to create the platform of the design. Even without the heels, Tatehana creates a high-heel effect by raising the back of the design to make it higher than the front.
For the collaboration, Tatehana sought the help of Moa Creation, consisting of members Shio Imai and Kenjiro Nagata, and had them handle the 3D modeling of the shoe design. By bringing together skilled craftsmanship and computing, the shoes in deconstructed form were born.
“When Iris proposed the idea to me, I wasn’t sure that it would work for shoes. But, I was keen to take on the challenge. Iris gives off the impression of being gentle, but she has clear-cut visions and will make every effort to achieve her goals. We both learned a lot from the collaboration project and consider this to only be a start to something new,” explained Tatehana.