Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. His first shoe designs were created during his high school days. They were made from cardboard back then. Following his passion, in 2001 he graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem.
Since his graduation Kobi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time Kobi learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship.
Born this way
For his own leisure Kobi designed unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. These footwear art creations were uploaded to a blog Kobi started in April 2010. Soon the blog took on a life of its own and reactions streamed in from all over the world. This over-night exposure brought Lady Gaga to use the design Double Boot in her ‘Born this Way’ music video.
Worldwide attention and publications led to a growing demand for Kobi’s artistic styles. His email inbox filled almost overnight with thousands of requests from all over the world, asking where the unique shoes can be purchased. In July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv and started to offer his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.
Photography: Shay Ben-Efraim and Ilit Azoulay
Photo 1: Chewing Gum, 2009
Photo 2: Miao, 2010
Photo 3: Kobi amongst his ‘children’
Photo 4: Double boots, 2000. Worn by Lady Gaga in her video ‘Born this way’.
Photo 5: Coffee Porcelain, 2011
Photo 6: Cheerleader, 2013