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shoe designs by chris francis on view

untitled, hand-painted leather, hand-painted eva rubber,
leather sole and mid-sole, natural glue, 2015. photo: noel bass

when shoe designer/artist chris francis couldn’t land a shoemaker’s apprenticeship, he took matters into his own hands and taught himself the craft. the results of this cobbler’s self-studies are otherworldly. his mixed but complementary backgrounds in graphic design and carpentry lend to a vision of shoewear that raises everyday objects to high art. his masterpieces defy time and culture, resembling anything from repurposed 60s ferragamos to 15th century platform shoes. they may look impractical to wear, but he designs with an eye for wearability. rock goddess lita ford has been counted as one of his most recent devotees.

chris francis in his studio, 2014.
photo: brilliant collective (betsy winchell/ jennie mcguirk)

untitled, leather, found plywood, screws, washers, paper, canvas, rubber 2015.
photo: noel bass

photo: noel bass

photo: noel bass

photo: noel bass


untitled, hand-carved and hand-painted/dyed fruit crate, cigar box wood,
leather, printed woven textile, skin tassel, natural glue, linen, nails, 2014.
photo: noel bass

photo: noel bass

untitled, hand-painted vegetable tanned leather, leather and
pressed board mid-sole, cheesecloth, steel, hand-shaped wood platforms,
nails, natural glue, zippers, 2015. photo: noel bass

photo: noel bass

photo: noel bass

if you find yourself in l.a. this summer, the craft and folk art museum is showcasing francis’ talent by not only displaying his work but also by temporarily relocating his workshop to the ground floor of the museum. visitors can view his creations and creative process and hopefully become inspired by this incredible trade.

chris francis, shoe designer, is on display from may 24-september 6 in los angeles.

craft & folk art museum
5814 wilshire boulevard 
los angeles, ca 90036
(323) 937-4230




all photos courtesy of cafam

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