It has been a while since I last posted, and for that I do apologize. Things have been a bit hectic in my world but I hope to be able to get back into this pet project of mine. I am still working as a freelancer in the shoe design space and wanted to talk about some of my favorite shoe designers who are up and coming. For a great visual representation of some of these shoe styles, you should check out this board on Pinterest of up and coming shoe designers which has some really great pictures of styles and trends that are on the horizon.
I’ve had the opportunity to work for (and still do some freelancing) for some very big fashion brands. I’ve designed both women’s shoes and men’s shoes for a couple of the big players in each space. Just to toot my own horn real quick, my favorite all time favorite design was for JustFab where you can see my design (the Judy wedge) on their shoes page as one of the top sellers.
I’ve also contributed some freelance work for some smaller specialty companies for both men and women and there is obviously a major difference in coming up with design for womens shoes than there is for mens.
I thought for my next post that I would continue on with some more advise for anyone looking to break into the fashion design world. One of the many questions I get asked is where you get inspiration from for your designs? Well, being that I am a shoe designer primarily, I think I will focus on that area first and foremost. With the age of the internet, it’s pretty easy to get inspiration for designers. I spend hours browsing Pinterest and similar sites and have come up with some cool designs thanks to things I’ve seen on here and other sites.
Being in the design industry for so long, I often get asked how one goes about getting into this career and what kind of qualities it takes to actually become a fashion designer. To me… Being a fashion designer is much like being an artist. In fact, I think fashion design in most ways really is an artform. One of the most important qualities that you have to have is to be both artistic and creative.