I see a lot of shoes in my job. Most of them toeing the same old line. But occasionally I rouse myself from a fashion-induced stupor and realise I am looking at something that manages to reinvent the wheel.
There’s an implicit sense of humour in Michael Lewis’ shoe designs, allied with an understanding that women want individuality in their footwear whilst still being able to walk further than cab door to cocktail bar.
After all the Millennial woman knows that she is not going to be relying on a man to support her – physically or fiscally.
What appeals most about Michael Lewis’ designs is that they are recognisably his, and his alone. The new wave of shoe designers have been particularly good at forging a personal footwear identity: Nick Kirkwood, Camilla Skovgaard & now Michael Lewis all have eponymous lines that speak of rigorous training and a very clear personal aesthetic.
In Lewis’ case you can understand his desire to start a line with his own distinct imprimateur, after fifteen years working for fashion’s superstar names: Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford at Gucci & Christopher Bailey at Burberry. This season, SS/10, he snagged NewGen sponsorship from the British Fashion Council, supported by Topshop, and he managed it again for AW/10, from which the images above are taken.
Check out his website for the SS/09 collection & a full stockists list. (Unsurprisingly he’s stocked at Dover Street Market in London. But, *jawdrop* no Manhattan stockist as yet. NYC Buyers snap out of it.)
More AW/10 images here