With this issue’s ruthless focus on contemporary products, we decided to ask a bunch of grizzled industry veterans from all over the world to name THE SHOE that really tickled their fancy in 2006. Being surrounded by quality goods every day can tend to make you stale and jaded, or it can make you fussier than Paris Hilton on heat. Which would it be? Our seemingly innocuous question is actually far, far trickier than you’d think. Firstly, you have to let your mind wander back to the start of the year – there’s been so many shoes it’s enough to make even Stephen Hawking’s noggin boggle. And remember, February’s shiny patent release might have well and truly lost its gloss by August! Our obsession
with ‘the now’ makes it quite a feat to recall some of the year’s early belters. What was the one thing that made your wallet tremble? What popped off?
Did you go for performance over looks? New tech over classics? Fresh colours over crazy materials? Can you keep it to one shoe? One brand? One time only? We expected the results would always be random with some overlap, but overall you’d have to say the feedback we got back was a very mixed bag of nuts indeed. Remember, there’s no right and wrong, there just is! Read on….