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Friday, March 20, 2009

These Boots were made for Rockin'

Mike's a lawyer. I met him in Jr. High. Later we played soccer together. But that's just antecedent, and not really relevant to the shoes at hand (or at foot).

Michael, as he would be known around the internet, is a lawyer, but you can't make shoes about the law. But he loves the guitar, specifically the guitar in the picture above. We talked about a couple of things but mostly this guitar. I like designs that stretch from one shoe to the next, not just for asymmetry (which I love) but because they make you want to click your heels together.

So this is what I did.
But I thought this was too flat and not dynamic enough. But then I remembered the LAW, specifically Real Estate Law, which Michael Esquire is involved with. So BAM, the Law (and real estate):
unfortunately I took these under low light, but I do like the way the wooden texture came out.
Michael took some pictures for me as well. Look at him rocking there (he rocks stoically).
Here are his feet, fully sheathed, and ready for rockin' (which these boots were made for).

Wear them in health (and rock), it was nice catching up with you.

Kronor? I barely new her.

Sorry about starting a blog with such a bad joke. trust me, it gets better (but not funnier).

So I have a couple of friends from the innernette. Some I have met IRL, some I have various connections too, but most are usually a little embarrassed about mentioning that is where we made friends. Not Dwight, ahem, I mean Caleb.

I met Caleb (neh Dwight) at the local internet friendshop. Then he later came to my church. One day when I was teaching Sunday School (yup), I called on him and refered to him by his internet name. I didn't even notice, nor did most of the class. He noticed, but didn't hold it against me.

Anywhoo, flash forward a bit. He met his wife (at the innernette) and moved to Sweden (totally worth it) and now develops iphone apps and does other computery things like web development (he is good at computers). he wanted a shoe that represents him and his new endeavors. We decided on capturing something that stands astride the giant ocean between old home and new home. His first iphone app was a Sweedish/English dictionary that helped you learn the language. How great is that?
So I picked images from the Sweedish 5 kronor bill and from the American ole 1 dollar greenback.

Here is a detail from the kronor kick:
I think it I like all the meaning of a figure riding a bird, full of hope and dreams. Caleb, like this fictional character doing something fantastic and magical for love.

I also like this detail from the Dollar shoe:
The all-seeing eye. He may be no mason, but Caleb is a pretty forward-thinking guy.

I hope Caleb like the shoes as much as I did. I really like the negative space and the detail. You will probably see more birds and money stuff coming out of the toothyworkshop.

Sorry you can't get Wienerschnitzel out there or Cafe Rio. When I miss you I will go to Ikea. Caleb, I mean Dwight, good luck in that crazy country.

be honest, is this guy more of a Caleb or a Dwight (not Schrute)?

Shoe Vader: the Empire Kicks Back

Well, I guess Facebook is good for more than just not working, it is also good for promoting your hobby.

Enter Christi, a friend of an internet friend, who saw some picks of kicks on facebook and she wanted a pair for her husband. So these are my first out-of-state shoes for someone I have never met.
Cory works for Blizzard, the greatest videogame company of all time. I should have graduated from college with a minor in Starcraft. I certainly put more hours in on that game than I did in many of my courses. So I hope these SciFi themed shoes fit it over on their campus (along with the giant bronze statue of an Orc astride a wolf).
I am particularly happy about how the translucent buttons from the chest plate turned out.
In the interest of full disclosure, my brother also works for Blizzard, which ended up saving me on postage as I was able to deliver the shoes to him when I was in the O.County when I was there for a wedding. (more on that later)

But all of these connections to Blizzard makes me wonder why I haven't done a starcraft-themed shoe(Perhaps it is that pesky copyright infringement law)? Maybe I will do a diablo themed shoe with unicorns shooting rainbows. Any takers?