It wasn’t always in the cards, but the footwear that Maria Cornejo created with L.A.-based cobbler George Esquivel are walking right off the runway and into stores—and tonight at a trunk show at Cornejo’s Bleecker Street Zero boutique, they’ll be available for holiday orders in custom colors. “It’s the tiny details of construction that make his shoes so unique,” Cornejo says of Esquivel’s hand-made footwear. Case in point, the asymmetrical line that runs across the oxford laceup Linea (top) from one shoe to the other. (This running detail can be customized in contrast color at tonight’s event.) Picking up the androgynous notes of Cornejo’s Fall ’10 collection, the Linea is available for both men and women. A stirrup-detailed chukka boot (bottom left) is on offer for men’s only (with a custom-color stirrup), and a high-zipped motorcycle boot (bottom right), just for the ladies. Which to pick? Esquivel, a onetime CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee, will both be on hand tonight to offer his advice.
Trunk show runs from 5:00-8:00 p.m. tonight at Zero + Maria Cornejo, 33 Bleecker Street, NYC, (212) 925-3849.