Most women have a love affair with shoes; but have you ever heard of a guy turning to shoes – with heels, to boot! – after a heartbreak? Well, that’s exactly what Rem D Koolhaas, co-founder of the Dutch designer footwear brand United Nude, has done. With architectural concepts as a predictive model, United Nude’s avant-garde designs are now taking the Philippines by storm.
After studying architecture in the Netherlands back in 1999, Rem nursed a broken heart by sketching shoes. Before long, he was showing his unique shoe designs to established footwear makers, who all turned him down for not aligning with their signature look. In order to launch his innovative designs, it became clear that he had to start his own brand.
With the help of Galahad Clark, who represents the 7th generation of shoemakers from the Clark shoe clan, his designs soon became a reality, resulting in more and more artistic, unique, and experimental footwear collections.
The Mobius was the first of several groundbreaking designs, using a single strip for the heel, sole, and foot bed.
To this day, it proves to be the most successful design of United Nude, and is also the most popular and most recognizable one:
One of the most eye-catching of all of the United Nude shoe designs is the Wilderness shoe line, which makes use of cloth molded to look like roots and branches:
There is also the Fang model with multiple fangs on the sole, serving as both the heel and edgy accents. The wedge is molded in carbon fiber and fiber glass:
The Float shoe is made of three parts that link to each other:
With these shoes, you’re guaranteed to steal the show and strike up interesting conversations. In fact, it has already turned head the world over, snatching attention at International Fashion Week runways, and hogging the limelight at shoots and events.
Each United Nude footwear design is one-of-a-kind with its own vibe and personality. While they may look wild and flamboyant, they are actually both wearable and ultra comfortable. Rem also stresses that each pair of United Nude shoes is a reinterpretation of an architectural object or a reflection of the possibilities offered by movements, colors, and materials. Here are some of our favorites from their flagship store at the Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila:
Buying United Nude shoes is more than just a fashion statement, as well. It is like buying a piece of art where there is a story with you serving as a storyteller of the brand.
To build on United Nude’s already reputable portfolio, Rem has also done collaborations with world-famous creatives, including sunglasses designer Linda Farrow, architect Zaha Hadid, and fashion designers Iris van Herpen, Antoine Peters, and Issey Miyake. He has also made a bespoke boot for pop music icon Lady Gaga.
United Nude PH
Ground Floor, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay