WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The Dutch label is known for its one-of-a-kind, handmade shoes and experimental approach to design.
Platforms created for Lady Gaga together with Florentina Light and Skua Studio shoes for sale in X Bank Amsterdam. Images courtesy of @skua.studio.
We all love our Amina Muaddi pumps, Hermes clogs, and Prada slingbacks – but sometimes it’s equally satisfying to discover and buy into a shoe label that is a little less into the mainstream and wear shoes that no one else has.
Netherlands-based Skua Studio is one such label. The brain child of friends and collaborators Anousjka Roben and Naomi Hille – both born in the Dutch town of Utrech and studied at the DHTA – this is a brand that offers one-of-a-kind, handmade shoes and extra bold designs.
The duo is constantly playing with shapes and colours – think cylinder-shaped heels and electric shades of green, yellow and pink – in a bid to mix “elegance with a raw edge.”
They also make a point to create most parts of the shoes in their own studio in Utrecht, including the heels which are designed and cast in homemade moulds. “It’s important to keep the entire process in our hands – this way the form remains original, local and small-scale,” said the designers.
Given the artisanal, handmade qualities of the shoes, prices veer towards the premium luxury bracket. They range from 693 euros to 1,193 euros and the shoes are available to purchase on the Skua Studio website.
Roben and Hillie are also putting experimentation at the core of their practice and constantly trying out new innovations and collaborating with other creatives to create even more special, extravagant shoes. Recently, the debuted their first 3D shoe design and collaborated with fashion brand Florentina Leitner, on a line of subversive shoes, such as patent leather mules embellished with extra large bows and abstract, sculpted heels. A pair of extra-high platform pumps featuring bow-embellished straps up until the knees and psychedelic prints was created especially for Lady Gaga.
You can take a closer look into the brand’s colourful, enchanting universe on its Instagram feed, which is filled with close-up shots of the shoes to show off their artistry and fairytale-like editorial images guaranteed to make you dream.