Here’s one for the car buffs and gearheads of the fairer sex. Prada’s Spring 2012 shoe collection is clearly inspired by classic cars of the 1950s. In fact, the company’s website has gone fully ’50s-tastic. But Prada isn’t the only footwear fashion house that found a muse in the garage. And E3 Spark Plugs is loving these revved-up runway looks.
Prada’s line of women’s heels draw from the fun, futuristic feel of the 1950s and 1960s, when the space race was the craze and Hollywood had everyone believing that we’d all be driving bubble-shaped, airborne hover cars powered by atomic energy come the turn of the next millennium. Well, we’re not quite there yet and frankly, we still love the curves and points of those mid-century classic rides. Apparently, Prada does too.
Selections in the high-end collection feature all the recognizable embellishments of the cars of that era, including fins, flames and pointed, rocket-esque taillights. Jane and Judy Jetson would have rocked these babies like nobody’s business. Va va, vroom!
But Prada’s got some very fashionable company. Bryan Oknyansky, a Los Angeles-born shoe designer and architecture buff of Russian descent collaborated with Berlin-based fashion designer Kimberit to create a rather intriguing line of women’s heels. Designs were digitally conceived in the same way that engineers design cars and airplanes, and each shoe is made with automotive-grade metals using drills and heavy duty machinery.
So which would you wear: A pair of Pradas a la your Granddad’s 1959 Cadillac, or Oknyansky’s ultra-mod steel stylings? Check out the gallery below and post your thoughts on the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook fan page.