DIAMOND PLATED PLATFORM BOOT
This shoe was made in collaboration with Lauren Klein (RISD Textiles '18). My inspiration and starting point for this shoe comes from Prada Spring 2017 flower sandals and heels series. I loved the technique of using a tread decoratively on the entire shoe and functionally on the sole, and wanted to try my own version with a common everyday pattern. I eventually settled on a diamond plate tread. The sole of the shoe is cast urethane rubber dyed red The diamonds of the diamond plate pattern are also cast and dyed urethane rubber. Lauren wove the wool textile for the upper on the loom to have a balanced weave that was subtle and structurally sound. I cut and sewed the wool textile with an interior leather liner and put it on the last. After lasting, I cemented the cast sole to the upper and then applied the individually cast treads all over.