WELL HEELED: Brazilian plastic shoe brand Melissa and Chilean contemporary artist Sebastian Errazuriz have teamed up on a capsule collection of footwear designs. The two styles draw inspiration from the installation “Twelve Shoes for Twelve Lovers” that Errazuriz installed at a Melissa pop-up boutique during the 2013 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach.
The installation, which received more than 35 million digital impressions, was so popular that Errazuriz and Melissa have decided to commercialize the project two years later.
“Twelve Shoes for Twelve Lovers” saw Errazuriz reinterpreting the hallmarks and personas of 12 of his ex-girlfriends into shoe form for a sculptural display. The installation has since been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design.
Errazuriz’s capsule collection for Melissa has put two of the installation’s 12 designs — styles titled “The Goldigger,” a gold pair with a human form for a heel and “The Boss,” a silver design with a brass-knuckle-shaped talon — into mass production.
Each pair will retail for $450 and will become available for sale in late August.