Beigefoldedshoe by Marloes ten Bhömer



Dutch shoe designer Marloes ten Bhömer has created a pair of shoes made of a single piece of leather folded round a stainless steel support.


Called Beigefoldedshoe, the footwear will be presented at Spring Projects gallery in London on 16 July alongside conceptual projects by ten Bhömer.


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Here's some more information from ten Bhömer


Spring Projects presents an exclusive evening with critically acclaimed designer Marloes ten Bhömer launching her first wearable shoes as well as exhibiting her other conceptual works.


Marloes ten Bhömer launches ‘Beigefoldedshoe’, a shoe made from a single piece of folded leather and stainless steel heel construction, which stems from one of her visionary footwear concepts, transformed into a wearable shoe through two years of design and engineering development. Hand made in the UK, and incorporating technical expertise from international manufacturers, this special edition shoe, the first to be commercially launched by MARLOESTENBHÖMER®, is a truly unique product.


Alongside the launch of ‘Beigefoldedshoe’, she will present a specially shot film and photo installation.


Ten Bhömer, a London based Dutch product designer, graduated from The Royal College of Art. She is considered one of the most promising designers of her generation and has exhibited worldwide.


Most recently she was nominated for the Brit Insurance Design Award 2009 held at the Design Museum.


‘Ten Bhömer’s experimentation with new shoes typology began when she was a child and slavered an old pair of her mother shoes in a paper-mâché to exaggerate their shape.


Twenty years later, when looking for a way to create a shoe of varying thicknesses, the Dutch designer remembered her mothers’ heels and began to experiment…’ (Wallpaper Magazine, 2005, edition 37).


Ten Bhömer’s shoes are both provocative and otherworldly; Her works question our perception of functionality, fusing art and technology to create an origami like production, working with materials ranging from wood to polyurethane resin, tarpaulin, steel and fiberglass.


‘In her efforts to change an object whose form has shifted only slightly over centuries and her wide-ranging investigations into unconventional materials, shapes and construction methods, Marloes ten Bhömer is a Hussein Chalayan for the extremities.’ (Wallpaper Magazine, 2005, edition 37)


The evening provides insight into her methods of creation, showing the end result of her fascinating use of materials and forms of construction, rarely seen in shoe design.


Posted on Thursday July 9th 2009 at 5:13 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I saw her speak here in Berlin on her shoes and the concepts behind (beneath? inside?) them. Very inspired and approaching footwear as an issue of engineering and manufacture, with attention to aesthetic at every stage. And she’s a dreamboat!

  • sabino

    very comfortable for sure…good design…

  • Boo

    I suppose they bear some relationship to the traditional clog, but at least that allowed toe room for a normal human foot.

    I like shoes, especially unusual ones, but these are just amazingly ugly.

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  • isla

    dezeen this is so old…

  • Peter

    fantastic shoes !

  • rik

    I’d like to see it one somebody before I give my final judgement. For now -though us Dutchies should stick together- it looks rather miserable.

  • Pony the Trap

    If I have nightmares this weekend wherein someone bludgeons my neck off with a horrible looking shoe I now know who to blame.

  • one

    Your foot is closed in the leather, and perhaps it is not so comfortable… Well I am not wearing these models them in anyways so my opinion can be not correct…

  • Dave

    Uh….did Mugatu design these? They would fit great in the “Dereleek” collection. Ha…sometimes fashion is ridiculous. Zoolander was great though.

  • I wonder if I can try this at home…

    I think these are impressively cool.

  • john

    el diseño es interesante la estetica del zapato no es muy agradable pero creo que por el diseño y creatividad le doy un 10

  • A complete marvel of imagination and ingenuity. I like them mightily.

  • Brian


    You are a gem! Love everything you do- the best new designs for the last 10 years!


  • These shoes rather remind me of the Compagnie van Frans Banning Cocq. They just need a hat to match. Ik vind ze leuk.

  • Sal

    Incredible brilliant. so simple, yet so elegant and interesting!

  • sid

    i would love to have one of those on my walls….its so sculptural….

  • sonya

    it is a good concept for the shoes. give me a fashion feel.