The soft, sand-coloured leather bears the marks of its past, even when it is hand-stretched and moulded by Winkler to take on its new, modern shape.
Although the shoes' silhouette resembles that of a Chelsea boot, long rectangular flaps of the fabric are fixed to the centre to suggest its former life as a pair of trousers.
The soles are made from deadstock sole leather and painted manually before Winkler adds the finishing stitches by hand.
Repairing and repurposing are central concepts in the designer's work, which he sees as the only sustainable and responsible way to create new products.
Through the use of traditional and antique materials such as working gloves, as well as old-fashioned machinery, he aims to celebrate heritage from a contemporary viewpoint.
Photography is by René Tornemann.
VDF x Austrianfashion.net
Austrianfashion.net is a non-profit organisation that promotes contemporary Austrian fashion design. Virtual Design Festival has teamed up with the organisation to present accessories and fashion designs by 15 designers who were born or are based in Austria and produce their products both sustainably and locally. Explore the other designs here.