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The Shoes of Girlfriends Past: Sebastian Errazuriz’s Sole Searching

There comes a time in every man’s life when he reflects on the past major events in his life, including his career path and his past relationships. And if it happens to be the latter, some may even choose to turn their heartbreak into art. Many have tried time and again through songs, paintings, or poetry to convey their emotional circumstances. Sebastian Errazuriz on the other hand decided to take a different and more literal approach – he designed 12 shoes based on his past 12 relationships forming intricately sculpted shoes, displaying what each lover or relationship symbolized.

Chilean born and New York based designer Sebastian Errazuriz is recognized for his installations, paintings, and sculptures. He is more mysteriously known as “Sebastián E,” a name that has become synonymous with his peculiar design style that often combines a bit of truth with a bit of humor. Last December, his 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers exhibition went on display, showing at the Miami’s Art Basel pop-up show. Errazuriz used 3D programs to digitally design the shoes that he then fabricated using plastic molding that ultimately created functional fashion from art.

“Jetsetter” Jessica
“Honey” Natasha
“Gold Digger” Alison
“Ice Queen” Sophie
“GI Jane” Barbara

The tongue and cheek shoes are titled with pseudonym female names to protect the women’s identities. Every shoe was designed specifically with a literal and contextual aesthetic in mind, accompanied with text to explain what that relationship meant to Errazuriz. The “Gold Digger” shoe, for instance, looks like actual gold with a heel made of a man carrying the shoe on his back. In the text for this shoe, Errazuriz explains more fervently the impact that the woman had on him through a vivid recollection. Another shoe entitled, “The Boss” is a black shoe designed with brass knuckles as the back arch of the shoe, with a pointy heel.

“The Boss” Rachel
“Heart Breaker” Laura 
“Cry Baby” Alexandra
“The Rock” Alice

 “The idea was to try and review those past sexual and romantic relationships from a distance of time. To expose yourself to scrutiny and judgment and invite others to check their own romantic relationships with their beauties, flaws, failures and success.” – Sebastian Errazuriz

Whether perceived as funny or a little moving, these shoes are immensely complex and striking, adding in some kind of “truth” that only artistic design can reveal.

Henny Jacobs

Henny is a freelance Fashion Writer with years of experience and knowledge of fashion, art and style. Henny also has a MFA in Fashion Journalism and a BFA in Fashion Design/Marketing.

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