This collection is my final Project for the first ever Footwear Design class offered at The Academy of Art University. It was presented by me to the class on May 12th, 2010. This collection is comprised of 3 different constructions with 5 styles each, for a total of 15 unique styles.
The name for the collection comes from the ICAO Spelling Alphabet, where code words are assigned to the letters of the English language acrophonically (Alpha for A, Bravo for B, etc.). According to Wikipedia, this is done "so that critical combinations of letters (and numbers) can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of their native language, especially when the safety of navigation or persons is essential. The paramount reason is to ensure intelligibility of voice signals over radio links."
I chose this because although the ICAO Alphabet is still very much in use today, it also hearkens back to a time of airships, bomber planes, and nefarious deeds. I am reminded of the inventors of the Industrial Age like Tesla, Westinghouse, and Edison. I took these ideas further by designing the logo for the collection, with an energetic lightning bolt "S" (for Steven) and a series of rays that fan out from it like radio waves.
The inspiration for the collection came from my visual research into Mad Scientists, Bond Villians, and Victorian era design motifs. I've infused it with a hard-edged glamour by using uncommon details and exotic materials such as Stingray, which has a unique, otherworldy appearance. The heels of both Construction 1 and 3 are made from stacked leather with a contrasting color inserted midway through the stack.