Jan Jansen is a master of shoe design, born in 1941 in Nijmegen, Netherlands, he designed and made his first pair of women’s boots for Tonny Polman at the tender age of 18.
Nowadays Jan’s creations combine elements of architecture and sculpture, while simultaneously providing ergonomic quality that guarantees comfort. He has introduced a new aesthetic in shoe design and has often been pioneering in shoe-development. His asymmetrical draped ladies’ sandals are a good example: the heel is longer than it is wide and a multifunctional fastening allows a variety of appearances.
Jan Jansen has received numerous awards for his work, including the Kho Liang Ie Prize (1985), the Grand Seigneur (1996), The BKVB Oeuvre Prize (2002) and the Max Heijmans Ring (2006)
Referring to Camp style, Jan Jansen’s shoes clearly symbolize unconventional way of dressing and a particular and surprising taste; his shoes are a very good example of what eccentricity and exaggeration mean. The idol who better embodies these characteristic is – without any doubt – Madonna.