About Shoes Extravaganza competition:

Shoes have many layers of meaning; – historical, social, philosophical, political, visual, functional, playful, fetishistic, they provide a rich ground for artistic & creative exploration.

Shoes are at the heart of the Shoes Extravaganza event. You are invited to submit your entry (a pair, size 39-40 European) for initial selection by uploading photographs via this website ENTER button online. Entries open 1st April. $40 per entry (or $70 if you choose to enter 2 categories simultaneously eg. Contemporary & Pacifica, or Contemporary & Fantastical, or Fantastical & Pacifica). Young Designers category entry fee $25, (or Young Designers & Contemporary $25+$25=$50). Successful selected shoes must be sent to Auckland where they are catalogued and stored carefully then curated for the exhibition. The exhibition is 29 Oct. – 4 Nov. at Ponsonby Central Shop 4A, Auckland. Successful shoe entries are for sale by agreement (except for winning entries receiving prize money – these shoes are retained by the organiser).

2018 sees the introduction of 2 new design categories – ‘Pacifica’ & ‘Young Designer’. (The organiser reserves the right to move shoes from one category to another if deemed more suitable).

1. Contemporary fashion: Using well resolved leading edge design to create shoes with some retail potential, this category rewards excellence in innovation and imagination. Shoes need to be size 39-40 (European) and must be crafted from scratch. These shoes need to be wearable and walkable.

2. Fantastical Shoe: Use your imagination to create outrageous impossible shoes of an ordinary size which stimulate all the senses and inspire the fantasies of the audience. The shoes in this category do not have to be wearable or walkable unless also entered in the Contemporary category. At least 50% of the shoes must be original in construction unless simultaneously entered in the Contemporary section in which case they must be crafted from scratch.

 3. Pacifica: This category invites you to create a pair of shoes of an ordinary size for the sole purpose of Pacific delight – a feast for the eye, the ear or the nose. The shoes in this category do not have to be wearable or walkable unless also entered in the Contemporary category. At least 50% of the shoes must be original in construction unless simultaneously entered in the Contemporary section in which case they must be crafted from scratch.

4. Young Designer: Ages 12-18 years @ close of competition on 3rd August 2018. Create a pair of Sculptural shoes of an ordinary size using architectural principles. Or you may wish to simultaneously enter the Contemporary & Young Designer categories in which case you’ll enter (and pay) for 2 categories. All Contemporary entries are required to be wearable & walkable 39-40 European size. At least 50% of the shoes must be original in construction unless simultaneously entered in the Contemporary section in which case they must be crafted from scratch.

Prizes: Contemporary fashion winner – $750; Fantastical shoes winner – $750; Pacifica – $750; Young Designer – $500

A Highly Commended Certificate (non monetary) will be awarded for each of the 4 categories.

Shoes can be flat, high, narrow, wide, heeled, platformed, wedged, witty, serious, frivolous, sexy, dowdy, colourful, multi coloured, plain, pumps, boots, slippers, sandals, jandals, clogs, moccasins, loafers, ghillies, getas, sneakers, whatever you can imagine. You are invited to use your imagination to design fantastical or contemporary footwear that ‘pushes the boundaries’.

There are no restrictions on materials and processes, however if you use biodegradable materials, meat or vegetable (such as Lady Gaga’s meat shoes!) they must be dried and preserved. If you are using repurposed old shoes please note that dirty or smelly shoes will not be accepted. Designers are encouraged to be aware that for some categories models will be wearing their designs – feel how to move in them, to walk and sit in them – have a physical response and surrender your identity to them as some of these may be choreographed for the exhibition. Shoes must not have been entered in any previous competitions such as part of a wearable art entry or any other events including previous Shoes Extravaganza shows.

All categories will be judged by public voting via paper and online methods. One vote per person only. Initial selection to be determined by the organiser.

Shoes Extravaganza is excited to present a new exhibition format this year. Details to follow.

Dates: 1 April 2018 – entries open; 3 August 2018 – entries close;  10 August 2018 – initial selection and entrants notified.

For general inspiration and hundreds of examples of amazing shoes go to  http://www.virtualshoemuseum.com

Questions? email Annie @ enquiries@shoesextravaganza.com

To Enter: Make your shoes; photograph front, back, sides; click ENTER button bottom Right; upload up to 6 photos; describe your idea; pay NZ $40 per entry per category or as selected, ($70 for 2 categories, $25 Young Designer). Success!

1.
1 Feb - entries open
1 June 2016 - entries close
2.
Early june 2016 - initial selection of shoes from photos. Selected entries sent to auckland for choreographing on models and show development.
1 junr 2016 - entries close
3.
Late October 2016 - awards announced
October/November 2015 - shows