The Léi Zǔ shoe collection is inspired by and named after a legendary Chinese empress who invented the silk reel. To show of the luxurious look of silk, the designer Nicole Goymann and Christoph John create this collection by working with raw silk.
While silk cocoons are normally hard, they’re softened with boiling water and release a single silk filament. The silk strand is winded and shaped in the shape of the shoe, giving multiple design possibilities for a silk shoe. Due to the natural hardening of glue after contact with air, the silk thread is able to remain in place and become functional.
The collection was part of the Handmade in Hangzhou exhibition at Milan Design Week.