By: Liza Snook; Curator Virtual Shoe Museum – NL
A SHOE CAN BE reveals their shoe sculpture Coral. It’s inspiration comes from the deep ocean reefs.
A SHOE CAN BE has chosen to present their sculptures by using moving image instead of showing just the final product. This film highlights their possibilities and skills and encourages to create new products in close co-operation. Coral is decorated with 5000 handmade leather beads in 400 colors and over 7500 Swarovski crystal beads!
A SHOE CAN BE by René van den Berg and Karin Janssen is a work of art, Dutch design, an addiction, exclusive, a label, a dream, unique, tailor made, better than sex, inherited, love, a story, exposed, authentic, one of a kind, a friend for life, timeless, craftsmanship, yours…
René van den Berg
Specializing in designing and manufacturing tailor-made shoes, René carries on a family tradition of shoemaking which dates back to 1902. He combines his creativity and designer skills with extensive knowledge on feet, materials and shoemaking techniques. Among others René collaborates with famous Haute couture and fashion designers like Thierry Mugler, JANTAMINIAU, Ilja Visser, Klavers van Engelen, Anouk Wipprecht, Heineken, Leanie van der Vyver and Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties. His creations have reached superstars like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Fergie and Beyoncé. In addition René works as a teacher in traditional shoemaking at the Dutch Shoe Academy in Utrecht, centre of excellence for craftsmanship. René is the best kept secret of the Netherlands…
Karin, graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, is a designer and creative entrepreneur who gets excited by projects in which she can combine her two- and three-dimensional expertise with her love for special materials. Her commercial projects differ from graphic design to shoe(related) design. Karin’s strong need to combine design and craft, made her attend the course artisan shoemaking at the Dutch Shoe Academy in 2003, followed by several workshops furniture upholstering and exploring new possibilities and perspectives on materials, craft and design. To fulfill her aspiration to explore, create and innovate, she started A shoe can be… together with René van den Berg in 2013.
Don’t hesitate to contact A SHOE CAN BE (+31 6 81906906) when you’re in need of exceptional footwear for your fashion show, TV commercial, music video, feature film or theatre production.
Credits for the ‘Coral’ film:
Design: René van den Berg and Karin Janssen
Photo: Martien Schouten
Camera: Hessel Waalewijn
Editing: Taco Zwaanswijk/Virtual Shoe Museum
Music: Niels Bos/Florish Forest
More shoes by René van den Berg René van den Berg and Karin Janssen at the Virtual Shoe Museum.