Winner 2022 / Special Awards / ARTISTIC FOOTWEAR




  • University
    D’academie Beeld Sint-niklaas ( Former Sask/academy Of Fine Arts Sint-niklaas)
  • Lead Designer
    Lise De Smet
  • Prize
  • Expertise

For this collection, I chose to work with laminated carbon shells. It’s a technique that is often used for the manufacture of custom-made braces. That’s why this collection is fully customized. As a theme, I chose Japanese Samurai, it’s the term for a warrior class in pre-industrial Japan where battle dress is very elaborate and fascinating. Both themes encompass quasi the same premise, In addition, protection of the body is central. With this collection I want to shift the focus, from something that's originally intended to be purely functional, to something more aesthetic.

I' am a Belgium based student shoe designer. I discovered my passion for fashion and aesthetic shoes through my studies as a podiatrist and orthopaedic shoe technician. Enrolling in the shoe design program at SASK, d’Academie Beeld Sint-Niklaas in Belgium, inspired me to translate my vision into aesthetic shoe designs. My ambition is to leave a mark through my collections using innovative (orthopaedic) materials combined with traditional shoe making techniques. Intricate heel constructions are a common thread through my designs.

Photo Credit: Lise De Smet