Some magazines and editors and even big designers are TRYING to sell us the story that no-one wants architectural heels anymore. That the classic, simple pump or kitten heel is in. That we are locking up our armadillo heels and throwing away the keys. But then the fashionistas in Tokyo practically THROW their cash at the craziest designs at Jeffrey Campbell, United Nude and DOG to dress up their feet in big shoes. Yes! No! It’s a full-on shoe WAR!
Why can’t we just be friends?
I mean, I am the worst walker in heels in the history of fashion-freakdom and my friends usually end up having to prop me up when I attempt to wear some of the crazier pieces like I`m a senior citizen with a walker. You’d think I would consider heels my enemy then.
But as they say…keep your friends close but your enemies closer. So I just can’t turn down the opportunity to wear a cool heel. And, I think we can compromise on wearability and innovative design. Perhaps that solution is here in the new upcoming shoe brand Heavy Machine which expertly brings together the best of both worlds. You have some classic pumps, but jazzed up with some abstract heels that are neither too pin-thin nor too high. Exhibit A, B, P, J and Z:
Going through the archives as well as the newest SS 2013 collection (below), one can see where designer Michelle Wu gets her inspiration. Industrial lines, and geometric tendencies abound! I even get a strong 1920s graphic design feeling from them too.
And I wouldn’t be talking about the brand if I didn’t try the shoes out for meself, so I snagged the pair above and have been giving them test runs! It’s called the “parachute fish” and I can almost see how the design looks like an abstract face that’s winking at me. “I know you’ll love me, let’s get to know each other,” it says. Ok, fine. Be my friend.
Dress: TOMO KOIZUMI
Shirt: Martin Margiela for H&M
Tights: VIVE VAGINA
Shoes: HEAVY MACHINE
Necklace: Made it myself/ 自作
So in researching the brand, I came up with founder Michelle Wu who grew up in Canada, studied in Italy (of course she did…shoes!) and is now based in Taipei,Taiwan. HOLY MOLY IS TAIWAN HOT NOW OR WHAT?! Seriously, some awesome stuff coming outta there these days (see Judy Chou, Na-Ked). Heavy Machine was named by Vogue Italia as a hot new talent and since then it’s been all over the magazines. It’s available in Japan at Wut Berlin, Hermitage in Toyama or online where they ship internationally.