The SHOEniverse

25 years ago I started collecting shoes.  I love the craft in handmade shoes  - they're little wearable works of art.  I've acquired some amazing pairs by scouring designer discount stores and stock/sample sales; even posh charity shops!


At work I was renowned for wearing fancy shoes every day, so during COVID lockdown I was thoroughly uninspired at home in my slippers.  And so I took a daily delve into the shoe cupboard for a bit of creative inspiration.  As lockdown wore on I started styling more extravagant sets for my daily photoshoot...  4 months later I ended up with an entire portfolio of my shoe obsession in photographic form.


All the backgrounds for my Lockdown SHOEniverse are things I found around the house.  These images were all shot on my phone, sometimes with a selfie stick, but mostly in contorted, inelegant positions - and mostly while still wearing pyjamas!  


I hope you enjoy this tour of my outrageous footwear collection / lockdown isolation therapy.

Before you criticise somebody, walk a mile in their shoes.

That way, when you do criticise them, you're a mile away.

And you have their shoes.

All images © Abi Blyth

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