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Hand-painted, customized shoes take stunning to new level

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Every girl loves a fabulous pair of shoes. They are the accessory of all accessories, they are reflections of your personality and the gateway to your inner diva.

A bold, fierce pair of heels can turn a basic black blazer and skirt into a killer power suit, sleek black knee-high boots can transform a simple tunic into a stunning après-work cocktail outfit and pretty ballet flats adorned with a feminine bow can make that weekend chore ensemble look like it was hand-picked from the set of a classic Hepburn flick.

There really isn't anything more style satisfying than a stunning pair of shoes -- unless, of course, those shoes are made even more stunning.

I know what you're thinking: how is that even possible? Well, what if said fab shoes were one-of-a-kind, hand-painted and completely customized based on a one-on-one consultation with an artist.

Winnipeg-based artist Lisa Wiebe is taking stilettos and pumps to new heights with her urban street-style graffiti inspired shoes under her Lisalesa brand.

"All the shoes are hand-painted and edgy but they are still based on what my clients want," says Wiebe, who prides herself on taking the time to get to know her clients prior to beginning any custom work to truly reflect their personality into the design.

No two pairs of Wiebe's hand-painted shoes are alike. Each pair is unique unto itself and often adorned with pieces of upcyled and pre-loved accoutrements she salvages, or personal keepsakes and mementos provided by her clients.

Funky and utterly fabulous, Wiebe's customized shoe designs have quickly grown from an Etsy project into a sought after brand on an international scale.

With clients all across the globe, Lisalesa shoes are about to get an even bigger boost with some star-studded attention at the Aspen AIDS Benefit fashion show this spring.

"We were so thrilled when we were contacted and honoured that our first major public show is a charity," says Wiebe. "You're kind of unknown, then little things start to happen. It's been a rush and it just keeps getting better."

Organizers have commissioned 16 pairs of shoes for the show, one of which is Wiebe's homage to the 'Peg -- an upcycled and hand-painted golden-glitter stacked-heel pump inspired by Jeanne's Bakery cakes.

For more information on Wiebe's custom creations, you can contact the designer via her website at www.lisalesa.com

 

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 19, 2013 E10

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