"Mini buildings for the feet"

These shoes look more like architecture on a sole, but that’s probably why Lady Gaga’s a fan. Designer Julia Lundsten’s brand, FINSK, which is looking to make an entry into India, has been making waves at the London Fashion Week, and is high on the Born this way… hitmaker’s list of fashion favourites. 

Lundsten says, “I was always fascinated by the technical side of shoes, and I’d study them for hours to see how one is made.” Having architect parents helped shape Lundsten’s gravity-defying pieces, and she says, “The world is full of beautiful shoes, and I didn’t want to repeat that. I approach my shoes as mini buildings for the feet.”

Ask her about the Lady Gaga association and she says, “I knew she’d worn them before, but we received a call that Lady Gaga would like three pairs of the classic FINSK wedges. She also loved the Project 3 shoes, so we made her a pair.” And despite their stratospheric heights, Lundsten believes in the comfort quotient of her shoes, saying, “Even the more unconventional heel shapes are built around very comfortable lasts (shoe forms) which make them wearable.”