East side, West side.

A small run of brothel-creeper inspired rust suede lace-up’s strolled down the catwalk for the Karen Walker Fall 2010 Runway show during New York Fashion week. Designed and made in East London with an established shoemaker, paper patterns to finished pieces were crafted in-house.

A one-off pair of platform derby shoes were also made for the season; a cultural mix of styles showcasing the most formal of British uppers in chestnut leather, with a solid wood platform sole reminiscent of the Japanese Geta platform sandals worn in the Edo period. This unique pair found themselves going back to Japan when they were sold at auction during London Fashion Week at ‘PopUp House’ in Soho.

Runway Images courtesy of Karen Walker.
Photography Rose Choules