About Shoes Extravaganza 2020 competition:

Shoes Extravaganza has a New Creative Director! Leela is a highly talented creative actively promoting artistic exploration and expression in the arts world. With a Bachelor degree in Design and Visual Arts, a Diploma in Film and Television Makeup, and Certificate in Small Business Management, Leela is perfectly placed to take Shoes Extravaganza on as New Creative Director into a flourishing platform for creative arts. Energetic, lively and inclusive, Leela’s style is infectious and joyous to be around.
Can’t wait to see the new format including Runway and Shoe Reveal this July, and upcoming shoe workshops…

Keep us posted Leela when this website is updated!

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 in your own size for modelling) for initial selection by uploading photographs via this website ENTER button online. Entries open – details Soon!

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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 in your own size. These shoes need to be wearable and walkable.

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.

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

Questions? email Leela – enquiries@shoesextravaganza.com

To Enter: Make your shoes; photograph front, back, sides; click ENTER button (bottom of page Right); upload up to 6 photos; describe your idea; pay per entry – details soon. Success!

2018 Shoes Extravaganza. Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand. 03 November 2018. © Copyright Image: Marc Shannon

1 Feb - entries open
1 June 2016 - entries close
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
Late October 2016 - awards announced
October/November 2015 - shows