Ruthie Davis - Design Bureau

Ruthie Davis

Ruthie Davis

Ruthie Davis

Ruthie Davis

Ruthie Davis

Ruthie Davis

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Design Bureau contributing writer Kaira Townsend spoke with renowned shoe designer Ruthie Davis for the upcoming November/December issue. Below is just a sample of the interview, which features Davis’ thoughts on designing functional, fashionable shoes, and where she draws the line in her signature, daring heels.

How did you get your start in shoes?

Growing up, I sketched shoes. I owned a gazillion shoes. I wrote papers in school about shoe companies. I always drew buildings and shoes. And then it got to this point in high school where I had amassed this ridiculous collection of shoes—so much so, that my father was telling me that I was simply ridiculous. That’s how I knew I would be involved with shoes. My first job in the footwear industry was actually with Reebok. I am a certified shoe freak.

Where do you find your inspiration?

The lines. I love all kinds of modern architecture. In fact, I used to think I wanted to be an architect, and now when I design shoes, I often think of them as little buildings. I’m an architect of shoes. I’m also really into sports and I’m inspired by high tech, aerodynamic athletic gear with pops of bright neon colors and racing stripes. And I find myself heavily influenced by 1960s Italian thriller films, where the female heroine is decked out in mini dresses and knee-skimming boots. My muse is actually Eva Kant from Danger Diabolik, the Italian comic book series. I guess I am a visionary type of person who is always imagining life as a futuristic Bond girl in a one-piece cat suit, living in a modern spacecraft-like house with shoes that are to die for.

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