Pernilla shoes by
Cat Potter

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Pernilla by Cat Potter

These wooden shoes by London-based footwear designer Cat Potter clamp around the wearer's feet and fasten with a metal hinge.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

The Pernilla shoes are moulded in the shape of feet on the inside while taking an abstract and blocky form on the outside.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

Potter used computer technology to produce the shoes using 3-axis CNC milling machines. Three different types of wood have been used – walnut, sapele and pear.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

The collection was inspired by the wooden sculptures of Australian artist Ricky Swallow.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

Potter presented the shoes as her final MA collection at Cordwainer's, the footwear and accessories school within the London College of Fashion.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

We previously featured a collection of hand-carved wooden shoes made for sports brand K-Swiss.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

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Pernilla by Cat Potter

Photographs are by Alejandro Cavallo.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

Here's some more information from the designer:


Pernilla. Appropriating industrial design and manufacturing processes to bespoke shoemaking.

Cat Potter’s MA final collection of bespoke footwear, Pernilla, steps out of the traditional footwear context, blurring the lines between footwear and artefact.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

Grounded in a unique interpretation of architecture and the wooden sculptures of Australian artist Ricky Swallow, the collection is based on complex CadCam work and a labour intensive fabrication process using 3-axis milling machines.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

The result being a series of sophisticated and elegant sculptural forms made from different types of wood (Walnut, Sapele and Pear) that trace the silhouette form of the foot on the inside, diffusing its profile on the outside.

Pernilla by Cat Potter

The collection has won the Jimmy Choo MA Final Collection Award for Excellence 2012 from the Cordwainer’s Guild and was runner up for the MA Design Award for Best Collection in 2012 from the London College of Fashion.

  • http://simonplatt.co.uk Simon

    Oh, please.

  • Spectator

    Would the designer like to wear those shoes?

  • Dansercoer

    The collection was also inspired by ten Bhömer it seems: http://marloestenbhomer.squarespace.com/storage/w

    • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

      I would have thought Torquemada instead :P

  • Sumithra

    It’s fit for the designer to wear and pose. THAT is all.

  • felix

    Another shoe post with no feet in them.

  • pipo

    Let me see a picture with somebody wearing that.

  • flo

    They’re not too sexy, are they?

  • marybarr

    I’d like to wear them. They are beautiful and exciting. Too good to hide in a cupboard or box. I’d love to wear them and be seen in them. Unusual shoe but what is so wrong with ‘unusual’?

    • http://featurezoo.net memorexe

      I’d wear them too – if they were comfortable. Fabulous but ultimately torturous.

  • http://twitter.com/belmabelma @belmabelma

    It’s the idea of carving a foot form into anything really. I love the project. It is not about selling them as wearable, it’s about exploring. Still, since it IS the shoe, it should have been photographed on a model’s feet. Just so we see how they stand.. and a video, of the walk.

  • http://design-wroclaw.pl/ Endi

    Where can I buy them? Never says how much they cost.