We’re big fans of INSA footwear here at M.I.S.S., so you know we had to show the brand some love with their latest installation. Pre-orders have already sold out – the shoes are HOT, to say the least! – but we still wanna give you a heads up on what’s to come so you’re ready to pounce if INSA re-stocks this foot candy.(Longtime M.I.S.S. readers will recall the editorial we did back in ’08 with the brand – Le Retifisme d’Insa – and past collections we’ve covered, including INSA’s collab with sneaker heavyweight Nike.)
For those of you who aren’t so familiar with INSA, the London-based brand is a joint venture between artist Insa and shoe designer Ruth Shaw. Insa started out as an artist/designer with a graffiti background, who now shows his work at galleries around the world. Shaw graduated from Cordwainers College a decade ago and has been designing shoes ever since. The fab footwear comes to us as an effort between the two to combat mass-produced footwear using bright graphics and luxurious materials crafted by Italian craftsmen (not a bad way to fight against mainstream fashion – where do we sign up?).
The duo’s latest collection consists of three deliciously designed pieces: The Stand Alone (a heel with its own heel), The Miami (a platform stiletto) and The Throwette (an ankle boot). Each of these pieces are unique in their own way. At the bottom of the Stand Alone’s heel, you’ll find a mini shoe – a unique and surprising detail, nothing short of intriguing. The warm hues of The Miami conjures images of the hard-partying city the shoe is named for, while The Throwette marries Victorian influences with modern details (we can’t get enough of the bright pink and platform!). INSA shoes never fail to make our jaws drop, and this round is no different!
For more info about purchasing INSA shoes, check out details from INSA’s Web site – and make sure you bookmark the site so you can stay up-to-date with the brand! We’d hate to hafta say “we told you so” when the next collection sells out before you can scoop up a pair…
- M.I.S.S. Editorial: Le Réfitisme d’Insa
- INSA MORE at FIFTY24SF
- INSA Presents: INSA Heels. HOT, HOT, HEAT!
- SF 2/3-28: MORE – A collection of new work by INSA
- INSA x NIKE Update