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Feel-good footwear inspired by Bauhaus
It’ll come as no surprise to her followers that Missmondo loves colourful footwear. Now, of all times, we need jazzy contrasts to liven up our daily routine.
At the start of each new shoe season, when I see the variety of new designs, I always ask myself: where are the designers drawing their inspiration from? Of course, some get inspired by Mother Nature herself when it comes to choosing colours and materials. Others look to ‘muses’ for creativity – these are striking women who serve as role models for entire generations because of their beauty, charisma or attitude.
Many designers, though, draw inspiration from the world of art and architecture. Looking at Högl’s ALL-DAY ballerina pumps, you probably wouldn’t think that they were influenced by the Bauhaus style. I’ll show you how... If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably also be surprised to learn that Bauhaus doesn’t just mean ‘white and modern’. The movement is also responsible for introducing us to bold new colour combinations.
Bauhaus and colour
The Bauhaus school of art was founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius. Johannes Itten, who led the preliminary course at the school, is recognised today as one of the founders of colour typology. His theory outlining the seven types of colour contrasts is still taught today at many art and crafts schools.
Bauhaus famously focussed on the non-colours: black and white. That said, the primary colours yellow, red and blue were also used to create colourful highlights in the school’s designs. Nowadays, there are considerably more colours in play, as many designers don’t want to feel restricted by the basic colour wheel.
Bauhaus principles inform the design of these Högl ALL-DAY ballerina pumps. A simple shape and geometric print form the basis of the shoe. The non-colours black and white stand in contrast to the colourful highlights.
“Bauhaus principles inform the design of these Högl ALL-DAY ballerina pumps. A simple shape and geometric print form the basis of the shoe. The non-colours black and white stand in contrast to the colourful highlights.”
Good vibes ALL DAY
In my view, these ALL-DAY pumps are feel-good footwear with a Bauhaus edge that would be comfortable to wear ALL DAY or even all summer long. A cut-out at the side adds a delicate touch to the shoe and narrows the foot. To set the scene for these light and airy summer shoes, I chose the Bo-Kaap district in Cape Town to be their colourful backdrop. You might even think that the houses there were painted according to colour typology! In actual fact, the buildings of Bo-Kaap date from the 18th century.
With this outfit, I simply wanted to echo the shoe’s bold colours in the other pieces. I love berry tones and light creamy white, as these colours are just right for ringing in the spring! Alternatively, these ballerinas also team well with simple, monochromatic looks. All eyes will be on your vibrant feet, with this feel-good footwear!
Get inspired before they go viral. Have fun wearing them!
xox, Your Missmondo