Overall Winner 2022 / SPECIAL AWARDS

Magritte’s Stone



  • Company
    Misawa Shoe Design Inc.
  • Lead Designer
    Noriyuki Misawa
  • Prize
    Winner in ARTISTIC FOOTWEAR, Overall winner in SPECIAL AWARDS
  • Expertise
  • Firm Size

"Magritte's Stone" is a surrealistic sandal that floats in the air, a wearable work of art based on Rene Magritte’s "metaphysical painting" and Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture abstracts. The sole, with an intricate cross-section of rugged texture, contains silver foil leather ala Noguchi. Its shape distributes the anatomical plantar pressure of walking. It naturally produces a force that pulls downward, like the rippling sea at the bottom of Magritte's " The Castle of the Pyrenees," and accentuates the floating essence of the shoe as a whole. 

I trained as a shoemaker in Tokyo and in Vienna,Austria, for 10 years.In Vienna,I spent my free time visiting artists’ ateliers and art museums, where I was absorbed by the creative artistry.This experience inspired my career as an artist.Returning to Japan,I continued to learn under some Japanese artists and craftsmen for 4 years to extend my range of expression. It has been 20 years since I’ve engaged in shoemaking.I will keep pursuing the new value of “shoe art.”

Other prizes
2010 Germany, International Efficiency Contest of Shoemakers "Gold medal" and "Honor prize" 2015 The 33rd Japan leather crafts exhibition "Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Award" 2022 GLOBAL FOOTWEAR AWARDS "BEST OVERALL WINNER" And many others

Photo Credit: Misawa Shoe Design Inc.