French shoe designer, Pierre Hardy, treats shoes as if they are canvases for reinterpretation of art. Hardy, who launched his eponymous collection in 1999, has an impressive portfolio under his belt-- think some of fashion's most desirable design houses such as Hermes and Balenciaga. Whilst Hardy may have first made an impression upon the fashion world with his classic open-toe stiletto, which has evolved into an indispensable part of a woman's wardrobe, the designer's venture into men's footwear has also been extremely well received for his artistic tendencies.
Hardy's inspiration seems to derive from a wider range of work-- architectural elements, minimalist paintings and even stained glass by Gilbert & Georges (for his limited edition Nubuckorama released last year) have all been interpreted and incorporated into his classic hi-cut sneaker silhouette. The classic silhouette is a slim sneaker with a wrap around ankle strap and contrast piping to divide the shoes into panels. The latest Spring/Summer 2010 black and white release have departed a great distance since the colorful Nubuckorama sneaker. This time around, Pierre Hardy takes his design cues from paintings with an emphasis and play on depth perception and came up with a monochromatic number. The leather sneaker is a classic mix of black and white, as white leather upper is refined and streamlined with contrast black leather trimmings. For the first time, Hardy adopts black soles for his hi-cut sneaker, giving the sneaker a heavier, more grounded appearance. Striking yet easy to wear, this Spring/Summer 2010 release crafted in Portugal is now available for order online via: Eliminator.