Apart from family and friends, there is nothing more I love in life than chocolate and shoes! My house is full of both! So what could be a better combination than putting them both together and creating 'The Chocoholic Shoe'.
Like all of my designs I had a very clear picture in my head of how I wanted this shoe to look..... it needed to look like it was made from real chocolate melting on the shoe. I wanted anyone who saw it to get the urge to take off the chocolates and eat them, I wanted them to make your mouth water. In other words I wanted them to look good enough to eat!
So once again I had the challenge of making my vision come to life. One of the main challenges was to make the shoes look like realistic chocolate but also as a wearable fashion accessory I had to make sure that the shoe would not fall apart when worn. I have made many art pieces from shoes however these pieces have not been wearable which does give more flexibility to make them into creative art statements. However these shoes needed to be 'wearable art'
After research it became apparent that the only way to make realistic looking chocolates would be out of clay. I searched online to buy clay chocolates that I could use for this design and although the clay chocolates I found were great they were not exactly what I was looking for. I remember having a conversation with my daughter about this and she said to me 'Why don't you make them yourself'. I thought this was ridiculous as I had never made anything out of clay before. The closest thing I had used to clay was Play-doh! However the more I thought about it, the more sense it made....
So I purchased some Filo clay and started to practice making chocolates, My first few attempts were not too good but I soon got the hang of it and as I got better I started to make chocolates in different colours and shapes I even managed to make them look half eaten with various fillings including strawberry, caramel and toffee.... yum!
Once I had mastered the art of making the chocolates I moved onto the shoe. I decided to spray paint the shoe gold to give a luxury chocolate box feel. I kept the heel and base of the shoe gold and then covered the remainder of the shoe in a mixture of sticky looking chocolate and my individually hand crafted clay chocolates. On the underside I put a label 'chocoholic'.
When I put them on social media I had some great reactions and a lot of people thought that they were made from actual chocolate and were edible, I was getting comments like 'They look too good to eat'. People did not realise straight away that there was actually wearable shoes and could not be eaten.... Exactly the response I had wanted!
These are still my favourite creations as they look so realistic and always turn heads when worn. I decided to make a 'Chocoholic' range and made a matching bag and flat ballet pumps.
The chocolate shoes can be adapted and made on any shoe size or heel height. For more information about these shoes, or if you would like to order some, please contact me via email.
During December will be on display at Northampton Shoe Museum which hosts the largest collection of shoe objects in the world!