Sigh. I can’t believe the summer’s over. I just put the kids to bed and set the alarms for the first time since June for the early school wakeups. I think I’m in mourning! But the one thing about fall is that we all get to put our fabulous shoes back on, after a summertime of bare feet and sandals. And who better to wear than Stuart Weitzman, especially now that he has a dedicated store at Montgomery Mall.
Why talk about shoes on an interior design blog, you ask? Because I found out recently that Weitzman’s wife and marketing guru, Jane Gershon Weitzman, has been collecting fine-art “fantasy shoes” for years, even commissioning artists from all over the country to create pieces for their store windows. “Finding the artists become addictive for us—as was the thrill of seeing their finished pieces,” Gershon writes in the introduction of her book, Art & Sole, which displays highlights from her collection of more than a thousand pieces.
Two artists in this Best-Of compilation of 150 designs are either from our region or have works on exhibit here: Baltimore native Charlene Clark, who works with papier mache, and the late crochet artist Irene Reed, whose textile sculptures are on display at the Renwick Gallery downtown.
The book’s publicists kindly lent me photos of their shoes from the book, but if you’re a shoe fanatic, check out the rest of its pages for shoes made from corrugated cardboard, playing cards, vintage china and dishes, luminous resin—even cake frosting! Happy fall.