The Footwear concepts of Andreia Chaves

published in: Fashion By Guest, 08 December 2009

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"The invisible shoe" (mirrored surface) // photo by Fernando Biagioni

Guest Contribution by Stephanie Nahas

To footwear designer Andreia Chaves, each shoe is an individual work of art.  Raised in the busy metropolis of Sao Paulo, Brazil – Chaves understands that beauty can be found in chaos, a concept that reveals itself in her footwear designs.  She explains this in her own words, "The fact that I grew up in a chaotic city like Sao Paulo, full of contrasts, being in contact with such diversity and constant exposure to different visual inputs, has inspired me in how I think and conceptualize my shoes. Looking at my work, I can clearly see influence coming from my South American sense of versatility.  Also in the mix - what I have been experiencing in Europe."
During her time in Florence she’s been intensely studying form, texture & visual effect, and experimenting with different materials on footwear design.

"The invisible shoe" (mirrored surface) // photo by Fernando Biagioni

These concepts come to life in each shoe created.  For example, “The Invisible Shoe” has a mirrored surface, creating a deceptively obscured optical effect with every step taken.  The chameleon-like façade blends in perfectly with any environment.

"Prism shoe"
A study of structure
photo by Ian Murphy

"Prism shoe"
A study of structure
photo by Ian Murphy

The Prism Shoe” is a fascinating structural design that by itself looks like an intricate work of origami – casting beautiful kaleidoscopic shadows against the ground.  Here we can clearly see Chaves’ chaotic - yet orderly - paradox coming to life through her shoe designs, resulting in dramatic silhouette.

"Form & Texture" (Leather & Sycamore wood)
photo by Ian Murphy

The “Form & Texture Shoe” exhibits a disciplined study of form and material while keeping just enough chaos to stay interesting.  The contradiction here is the seemingly indestructible framework fused with the disorderly arranged leather and sycamore wood cubes.  The contours create a theatrical statement nothing short of impressive.

"Form & Texture" (Leather & Sycamore wood)
photo by Ian Murphy

Chaves finds it thrilling how each particular material has the power to completely change someone’s vision about a design.  An example for this, she sites, is the idea of a sandal made with simple Velcro strips (see “THE VELCRO SHOE” below) holding the foot, where you can easily change its shape, redesigning it and creating sculptures in air.

"Velcro shoe" - Form & Material
photo by Ian Murphy

With influences such as Maison Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake., it’s clear that Chaves appreciates designers who provoke – and shatter - common perceptions that people hold.  Chaves is currently focusing on her final collection – an exploration about the moving body - which is to be presented in February 2010. 

"Twirled" (Metal and PVC)
Part of a study of optical effect

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Andreia Chaves

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    barbara mayfield | 2009-12-09 12:03:31

    I would say Marloes Ten Bhomer's work is a great influence as well. Especially her leather mache technique seems a direct influence. http://marloestenbhomer.squarespace.com/couture-shoes/

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    Mario Kiko Simpson of Mixed Salad Design | 2009-12-12 17:53:33

    Totally far out. Love em. Especially the holoraphic camouflage shoes.

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    RG | 2009-12-14 19:21:20

    me gusta.

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    Marc Bauman | 2009-12-15 05:55:23

    Your designs are fabulous but your website is booty. It takes away from your designs.

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    visionAri_style | 2009-12-19 02:09:21

    Insanely Creative!!!!! I am in love with the "mirrored shoe"....I would definitely wear them!

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    John | 2009-12-31 06:30:53

    umm 2 hot

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    mimoko | 2010-01-01 19:01:36

    wonderful!!! my feet dream exactly with this!

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    Bespoken4 | 2010-01-01 19:40:38

    Great post thank you!! Those shoes are amazing!! A urban twist on the classic 'glass slipper' :)

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    candles soy | 2010-01-13 11:18:36

    I always love Andreia concepts. It's very idealistic and stylish. Can't wait to make it happen.

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    Andreia Chaves | 2010-01-15 21:49:57

    To contact me, please write to andreiachavesshoes@gmail.com Thank you.

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    Jenni | 2013-09-14 22:40:27

    hola, me encanto el zapato invisible. y me gustaria saber cuanto vale y en donde lo puedo conseguir nesta muy hermoso y me facino. por eso quisiera saber si lo puedo encontrar en mi pais gracias

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    katrin | 2010-01-20 10:57:07

    this is truly amazing.cant find words to describe.wonder if they are wearable.let me know if u have one pair--that you dont use.i would defenetly wear them! ,)

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    Kim | 2010-01-20 17:02:39

    I need the "invisible" shoe and "twirled" shoe in my closet asap... gorgeous! I hope these make it.

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    Security Systems | 2010-01-29 15:55:49

    When i first saw that prism i didnt know it was a shoe after all. Its an example of how sharp human minds can go in imagination! They are simply stupendous.It looks more like Origami,of course.The main thing I like about this shoe is that it can change its shape.That is what i find more interesting. Its only a matter of seconds that one could understand how much ardent the personhad to be in designing these shoes.The invisible shoes are really invisible.One could never notice it in first glance.`The Form and Texture shoe where leather and sycamore woods are used is another beautiful work.I even wonder ehy anyone has to put it in their heels. They can be placed in the show case.

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    Sample Storage | 2010-02-03 09:59:26

    This is something exciting for a young talent like me. I thoroughly enjoy this phase when I find Behance providing ample opportunities for youngsters to improve on their creativity. The various creative arts that were published really fascinated me and drived my thoughts to a new idea. I feel that even I am legitimate to post my creative works if I have a tie up with this community. I can share my ideas, creative works and even hold discussion so that to some extend I am exposed to the outside world. It's simply going to help me improve on myself and I take this opportunity to specify my hearty gratitude to yatzer and Behance network for making such a tie up. The description that used the metaphor of marriage is a novel idea that indeed suggests and even attracts attention from many.

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    Used Pallet Rack | 2010-02-04 10:26:49

    I love the invisible shoe! I wish I could see how that looks in real life - it would probably appear as if someone had their feet chopped off or something - especially if they were walking in grass like the photos here display.

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    Roof Repair | 2010-02-13 13:25:04

    I liked all the structures of the shoes here but the most I liked is the velcro shoes… velcro shoes are best fit to any feet whether it is broad or small. One can adjust the velcro as per his or her needs. Its specially beneficial for those who love a good grip of there feet while walking. Twriled one seems to be flexible and made up of metal and pvc. Those will be really good for special occassions.

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    Atlas America | 2010-02-13 13:25:47

    The invisible shoes is just a miracle ...One can not guess whether its flat or with heals. Prism shoes are really made up of small prisms which are beautiful . Ths structure is magnificent. Form and Texture shoes are made up of leather and sycamore wood. Photography of all these fashion shoes by Ian Murphy is amazing

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    presentation folder | 2010-02-24 01:54:54

    that was a master piece, shows the skills. keep up the good work, thumbs up to you.......!

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    Compost Tumbler | 2010-02-24 11:07:56

    delicious

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    Rainwater Barrels | 2010-02-24 11:10:56

    Amazing. Love the shoes. Where can I get them?

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    ghd straighteners | 2010-03-17 13:02:55

    Its amazing, you guys are artists... its specially beneficial for those who love a good grip of there feet while walking...

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    Portable Toilets | 2010-03-18 23:52:59

    These shoes are amazing, but I'd be interested to hear whether they are comfortable or not. The mirror/invisible shoes at the top are by far the coolest ones followed by the wood-chip looking ones.

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    imuzi thompson | 2010-04-02 14:07:19

    this shoes is amazing to the bone they should create a suite with that material that would wow the world. I honestly though if I did not visit this site I would not have known I think it deserves to be globalized It should be shared with the world thank you so much for sharing this site and I added you guys on facebook for my friends to see thanks.

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    Travel Health Insurance | 2010-04-06 21:35:04

    Amazing design. I cannot believe that you can actually wear these. Perfect for high dollar fashion shoes or strutting your stuff in the club scene.

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    Craft Fairs | 2010-04-08 02:09:22

    Really a new concept of footwear but cannot possibly say the concept will be successful because the designs are not meant for daily use.

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    memory foam mattress topper | 2010-04-21 11:02:01

    Brilliant design.....perfect!!!

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    fax via internet | 2010-04-29 11:28:59

    I like the concepts. I would like to see more of these concepts and if you can share more pictures that would be of great help for me.

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    virtual villagers 4 | 2010-04-29 21:49:13

    Very interesting pictures. Good Style

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    herpes symptoms | 2010-05-06 15:32:10

    Great pair of footwears. they are so unique & beautiful.Feel Like wearing now.

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    Wedding rings | 2010-05-10 16:05:32

    Wow, are these shoes or any kind of digital auto car. Specially last pair of shoe is really same like Lamborghini Gallardo.

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    2 Day Diet | 2010-05-11 07:03:31

    looks great, I cant believe that we can wear it......Really very surprised

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    Jim Karter | 2010-05-11 11:09:30

    Wow! All of them are special and unique. Never saw such foot wears in my life.

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    diamond earrings | 2010-05-11 12:53:30

    Very hilarious shoes ever I seen in my life.

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    designer jewellery | 2010-05-11 13:03:33

    Interesting thread. After observe these shoes I finally say that these are not reliable.

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    silver necklaces | 2010-05-11 13:06:12

    Paper square shoes are seeing very nice.

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    Wedding rings | 2010-05-11 13:07:53

    May be in future these type of shoes will be trend. Well I like Adidas joggers only. Not these type of funny shoes.

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    Sarah | 2010-05-13 20:16:30

    I think this is so inspiring and avantgard! I would wear them all right now!

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    tie a tie | 2010-05-19 23:08:28

    Those are some amazing designs for shoes. Good work whoever designed them.

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    Articles Guide | 2010-05-27 09:04:06

    Very Creative and innovative designs. I love to see it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Little giraffe | 2010-06-01 20:06:32

    l love the concept this is not just fashion, its fine art. it leave me wondering though, how do they get the part to hold together.

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    boushka | 2010-06-10 14:38:38

    the shoes idea is weird but brilliant

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    Baba | 2010-06-14 02:11:07

    I will just say : "What a design ! " :)

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    kamagra | 2010-06-15 09:31:45

    this shoes is amazing to the bone they should create a suite with that material that would wow the world. I honestly though if I did not visit this site I would not have known I think it deserves to be globalized It should be shared with the world thank you so much for sharing this site and I added you guys on facebook for my friends to see thanks.

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    leviev | 2010-06-15 16:54:16

    Awesome design, this is really a 21st century footwears.

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    travel guide | 2010-06-23 00:25:12

    I always find it amazing on what can be done with shoes. These designs look truly unique - not seen this approach before but I do like it.

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    Tom | 2010-07-08 10:30:32

    I think it deserves to be globalized It should be shared with the world thank you so much for sharing this site and I added you guys on facebook for my friends to see thanks.

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    lourdes PeΓ±aranda | 2010-08-06 01:04:05

    I need them!!!!! where can I get them????? amazing!!!!!!

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    nacho polo | 2010-08-06 14:28:02

    WOW ...........just A M A Z I N G !

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    amber2010 | 2010-08-21 04:40:38

    omg its so with it !!! absolutely love it !!!

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    mark | 2010-09-16 01:47:33

    She would wear anything

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    Mirko | 2010-09-17 16:13:22

    SUCH A UNIQUE VISION! LOVE IT!

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    smithjosef | 2010-11-23 09:48:09

    I thinking running shoes are one of the awesome shoes.All above shoes are really cool and awesome.Thanks for sharing

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    meizitang | 2011-01-29 07:24:38

    Amazing. Love the shoes. Where can I get them?

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    glasgow photographer | 2011-01-29 16:40:09

    awwww i Looooove Andreia Chaves designs, wish i had the money of the beckhams i would have them all.

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    city limo | 2011-02-05 00:35:03

    Amazing........Awesome design, this is really a 21st century footwear.

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    cover girl | 2011-03-17 15:01:40

    The invisible shoes looks great. To me it has that pump shoe look and because of its reflective design, when worn it would match very well with the elements

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    Julia Parfüm | 2011-04-06 01:10:16

    Great footwear idea - I wonder if one of them will ever make into the mainstream market. Love the Prism shoe, great colours.

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    sophie | 2011-04-18 07:39:05

    i want to wear these to prom

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    C. Burwell | 2011-05-03 11:22:08

    These shoes look like a torture device. They are big and awkward looking, not sleek and feminine. They make the feet look big. I thought most women wanted to have their feet look small and sexy. They do not look comfortable, but then the majority of women in society wear heels too high and toes too pointy and end up with corns and bunions. Their feet looke fabulous until they take their shoes off, ugh. I loved the Earth Shoe of the "70's, good for your back and feet. I go for comfort I feel I can look in style with a pair of low heels or flats and my back, knees, ankles and feet thank me for it. There's no way I would ever wear them even if they were free.

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    Barbara Robbins | 2011-05-17 04:28:49

    I seriously doubt these are wearable. I think they would fit very nicely as a piece of art exhibit but on a woman’s feet? I’m already cringing just at the thought of slipping my feet into a pair of “Form & Texture shoe”. If my feet could speak, they’d be screaming my toes off.

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    liv boeree | 2011-05-20 17:28:40

    Absolutely amazing...! Some kinda unique style of shoes. I really like it.

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    Amrita Kaur | 2011-08-19 07:46:00

    great and interesting footwear concept

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    Shawn | 2011-09-12 09:09:18

    Andreia Chaves has coolly traversed different disciplines, cognitive psychology (perceptual illusions), art, design and even perhaps architecture, as seen in her work. The principle behind her art of breaking conventional perceptions has allowed her to exceed frontiers, yet bridge her breakthroughs with conceptual practicality in her pieces of art, because she will still have one foot on the end user – the consumer in her footwear design. It will be interesting to see what she can offer for male footwear, even for niche markets such as Large Dress shoes. Shawn

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    Rebecca Elizabeth | 2011-10-06 07:53:06

    great and interesting designs

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    Rc Schlachtschiff | 2011-10-28 06:26:12

    such a creative idea about the footwear.....really stunning

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    Shingles | 2011-12-13 21:55:06

    This is the intersection of art, style, and structure. While not something your going to "wear to work" these designs are very unique and interesting to look at. Just like with "concept cars", practical is not the most important features. Awesome designs.

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    meizitang | 2012-02-16 08:27:36

    The shoes are beautiful,fantastic.But how can I get them?

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    Elegant Jewellery | 2012-11-28 12:57:15

    I agree with Barbara and doubt if they are wearable but I love the concept revealed in the footwear designs, that beauty can be found in chaos - trying to find purity and beauty in this incredible chaos makes me think of volcanic eruptions producing diamonds.

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    Marry | 2013-04-08 10:08:20

    These shoes are the most fabulists design I ever have seen can some one tell me where i can get these?

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