Photo by Fernando Biagioni
Part footwear, part foliage, Carmel Walsh’s botanical-infused shoes were made for walking…and talking about. The Tuscany-based designer enlisted the help of a local wood restorer to carve the walnut mid-heel soles, which she then plied with a population of succulent-sprouting “barnacles” made from vegetable-tanned leather, organic cotton, linen, hemp, and cork.
Inspired by mountaintop terrace farming, coral reefs, and the colors of “decay and erosion of the earth,” Walsh sought to create a low-impact shoe with an afterlife beyond the landfill. “What is born from nature returns to it in the end,” she tells Yatzer. “It is my hope that in their second life they will decay and grow as an art piece.”
Change the plants, not shoes, from season to season.
For shoe buffs with a yen for novelty, Walsh has an intriguing solution: Change the plants, not shoes, from season to season. Not convinced? Give the idea time. It just might grow on you.