An interesting thing about shoes that at least in my eyes is a fact for every shoe out there, even the most beautiful ones, is that they all have at least one angle that they don’t look good at. Below some thoughts on this and a bunch of picture examples.
There’s hardly anything sensational about this for the subject of shoes, many people have probably heard someone, or think so yourself, that you have an ugly angle that you do not want to see on photos, so you consciously turn your face to avoid this. And most people who tried photograph shoes notice that in some angles it’s getting bad, the shoes do not look very pretty.
To some extent, it can clearly be about personal preferences, it’s not that everyone thinks that the same shoes are really beautiful. But to a relatively large extent, it’s pure mathematics, proportions, classic design features that applies. And since shoes have such a tricky shape in themselves, and in addition, have to be two mirrored examples that almost always are viewed together, makes it more or less impossible to make last shapes and patterns that look good from all angles.
We can take Yohei Fukuda’s shoes as an example, as his shoes in most people’s eyes are incredibly beautiful. Maybe not something everyone would wear, but they are relatively objectively beautifully designed. My bespoke shoes from him are clearly wider than usual, yet he has gotten the shape really good, both me and most of those who see the shoes think so. However, there are angles that don’t work at all for the shoes. Below is an example of this:
You can try yourself, take your absolute favorite shoes at home, put them on a table and view them from a variety of directions. Then you will soon see that from one or more angles, these darlings of yours are not so great. Below are a few other examples of this phenomenon.