The fashion industry is fickle and fast-moving, so innovation is required in order to succeed. And when it comes to innovation, there’s one designer who immediately comes to mind – Kobi Levi. His artistic, handmade footwear designs mimic everyday items, foods, animals, cartoon characters and even celebrities!
Levi studied at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, graduating in 2001 with specialties in footwear design and development. While he works as a designer for Shoofra, an Israeli shoe store chain, he also creates his over-the-top shoes, as a labor of love, one-by-one in his studio, and all by hand. Levi says he gets inspiration from any and everything. Some of his previous designs have been inspired by things and people like chewing gum, slingshots, bananas, toucans, Olive Oyl, slides and even Madonna! He also travels to China for further inspiration. One of his latest designs, “Contemporary Chinese,” was inspired by his travels to Shanghai and Guangzhou, and features a fire dragon silhouette and stiletto heels reminiscent of chopsticks.
Levi calls his shoes “wearable sculptures”, and they are the ultimate in fantasy footwear. He insists that each pair is completely wearable, as he creates special tools to make each one, and takes his time making only one or two pairs of each style. Even Lady Gaga, the master of fantastical costumes, wore a pair of Kobi Levi’s “Double Boots” in her “Born this Way” video! The shoes obviously perform well, if Lady Gaga could dance around in them! Levi sets the bar high for footwear designers who want to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, and without sacrificing quality, wearability and performance. We can’t wait to see the next slew of designs he comes up with. With his creatively savvy mind and raw talent, his innovative thinking is sure to be boundless.
Image: via Kobi Levi Design
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