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 for initial selection by uploading photographs via this website ENTER button online. Entries open 1st March. $15 per entry. Successful selected shoes must be sent to Auckland where they are catalogued and stored carefully then curated to a body/model for the choreographed show.

2107 sees the introduction of 3 design categories. Shoes in category 1 & 2 need to be European size 39-40, wearable and walkable, to be accepted in the competition.

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

Fantastical Shoe: Use your imagination to create outrageous impossible shoes which stimulate all the senses and inspire the fantasies of the audience. These need to be wearable and walkable for models on the catwalk and in size 39-40 (European). Use existing shoe components and adapt them so that at least 50% of your shoes are original in structure.

Shoe Sculpture: For artists, this category invites you to create a pair of shoes of an ordinary size for the sole purpose of sensory delight – a feast for the eye, the ear or the nose. The shoes in this category do not have to be wearable or walkable. They will be displayed on the night of the show.

Prizes: Contemporary fashion winner – $2,250; Fantastical shoes winner – $1,500; Shoe Sculpture winner – $1,500.

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 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 these will be choreographed for the show. 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.

A panel of 3 judges selected from artists, fashion designers, photographers, graphic designers, writers and more will decide the winners in each category. The Judges will be announced 2nd April. Initial selection to be determined by the organiser.

Shoes Extravaganza will be like nothing you’ve seen before. Following the great reviews of our inaugural show at the Tepid Baths last year, we are planning an all new venue and and a sophisticated show this year that will knock your socks off. Go to https://www.shoesextravaganza.photography/for last years photos

Dates: 1 March 2017 – entries open; 3 August 2017 – entries close; 10 August 2017 – initial selection and entrants notified. 25th August 5pm – selected shoes to be in Auckland; late Oct./early Nov. – show season dates tbc.

Join us on Facebook and Instagram – you are the creators and the drivers of this event. For general inspiration see www.virtualshoemuseum.com

Questions? email Annie @ enquiries@shoesextravaganza.com

To Enter: Make your shoes; photograph front, back, sides; click ENTER button bottom Right; upload 3 photos; describe your idea; pay NZ $15 per entry; Success! message.

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