By  on February 9, 2009

British shoe designer Thomas Murphy is giving a new shine to an age-old metal: copper. Murphy, who launched his first collection last fall, uses the metal for the heels of his handmade shoes. Copper’s natural oxidation process weathers the shoes and gives them a chameleonlike quality, explains the designer.

“They change from virgin pink to oranges, reds, purples, blues and greens,” says Murphy, who has worked with designers Ann-Sofie Back and Robert Cary-Williams before going solo.

The collection of nine styles of pumps, handmade in one of London’s few remaining shoe factories, sells at Last in Brighton ($500 to $700, +44.127.377.7141) and

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