Friday, December 16, 2011

X-Men First Class

**This is an example of some of the work I was involved with when I worked for a company called Theatrical Shoemakers. We made costume shoes for film, theatre, television etc**

Did you see X-Men First Class? Did you pay attention to the costume designs by Sammy Sheldon? Did you keep an eye on the ladies' footwear? No? 
Ah well, here is a brief recap of the footwear made by Theatrical Shoemakers for the film...

Pearlised white leather thigh-high boots with concealed platform and suspenders style top line. The leg section of these boots are unlined and the leather is quite thin and supple for an extra snug fit.

Knee-high version. Pearlised white leather, concealed platform.
Look at those tiny ankles!

Ankle version. Pearlised white leather, concealed platform.
The concealed platforms are made up of layers of cork and then filed into shape with a rasp and then smoothed off with sandpaper. It had to be seamless, because with such thin leather, any little bump or dip in the cork would be obvious.

Lovely brown knee boots with concealed platform. On screen for about 3 seconds. 
And upstaged by that fellow's impressive beard.

Annoyingly, I didn't take a better photo of these GoGo Boots (this was long before I considered starting a blog) The cutouts and lacing continue up the length of the boot on the inside and outside.

These shoes are the copy we made of some original 60's shoes provided as a sample. The sample pair were too small for the actress.
We also made the black knee boots the blonde girl is wearing in the above screen shot, although I didn't take a photo of them at the time.

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