Architect-Designed Shoes: Top 5 Picks From United Nude’s Fall Collection
September 4, 2012
With New York’s Fashion Week kicking off this Thursday, we checked in with our favorite architect-turned-shoe designer, Rem D. Koolhaas, to see what his company, United Nude, has in stock for this fall. See more!
United Nude’s platform booties, inverted-heel pumps, and perilous stilettos may not have been made for walking, but damn, you’ll look cool wearing them. The brand, founded in 2003 by architect Rem D. Koolhaas—not to be confused with that other, more famous architect Rem Koolhaas, who is his uncle—and shoemaker Glahad Clark, has achieved somewhat of a cult following with its fusion of fashion and industrial design. Its first shoe, the Möbius, was a sleek, minimalist mule with a hollow wedge made from a single strip of Kevlar: an homage to Mies can der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair.
United Nude’s current collection, for Fall/Winter 2012, includes plenty variations on the Möbius wedge, including a tall boot in cobalt suede. But there are new styles too: a short black boot with a heel made of wooden jigsaw pieces; a color-blocked platform shoe with an angled rubber sole; a super-high wedged bootie with petal-like quilted leather patches around the foot. “Each season, our collections get bigger,” says Koolhaas. “But the theme is the same as always: modern and well-proportioned design.”
Here, we present our top five selections …
“Abstract Lasso Hi” bootie with wooden heel
Blue “Delta” ankle bootie with red, black and yellow rubber wedge
“Eamz” pump in red patent leather with inverted chromed aluminum heel
Blue suede “Step Möbius Kate” boot
Black leather “Tulip Hi” wedge