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The Soul of a Wooden Shoe

comments (2) September 24th, 2009 in blogs

Tom Tom McKenna, Managing Editor
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Omar Angel Perez has taken his woodworking to a new height with a whimsical take on high heels. Perez used exotic woods and veneers to create larger-than-life sculptures of women’s shoes--some of which are embellished with bandsaw-blade straps.

Perez's skills aren't completely tied to shoe sculptures. A self-taught woodworker, he has been pushing design boundaries for more than a decade (he made a box that appeared in issue #164 of Fine Woodworking), experimenting with exotic woods and veneers in all forms. And exhibit of his Stilett “O” shoes is on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft until October 25. For more about Perez and his work, go to

posted in: blogs, modern, accessory, veneer, wood shoes, omar angel perez, houston center for contemporary craft

Comments (2)

Gregory_Kenny Gregory_Kenny writes: Really interesting!
Posted: 4:00 pm on September 25th

GEide GEide writes: Good to hear they're just sculptures. :) Reminds me of an old article in the New York Times. A woman in Japan died from tripping while wearing super tall shoes. It led some shoe manufacturers to put warning labels on the shoes:

''Because the heels of the shoes are high, please be careful when you run or go up and down the stairs. Be especially careful when you drink because you can be wobbly. We, the producers, will be very happy if you keep these points in mind when you enjoy the trendy fashion.''
Posted: 1:27 pm on September 25th

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