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Whilst they were a part of this incredible creative process; I could see the struggle taking its toll on them.” Kira’s time at McQueen confirmed what she already knew: she wanted to do something small-scale, something intimate, something bespoke. Kira talks of the outdated connotations of high-heeled shoes and their sexualised nuances, describing them as “political objects of desire”. “There is an empowerment in reclaiming these towering shoes. Yes, they are absolutely sexualised. The enormous power you feel when you get into these huge shoes, elevates you to look down from above like a god/goddess.” She explains, “When it’s done by choice, in the right context – [wearing heels] brings out this power, this other-worldliness which I think is within us all. It is an amazing form of expression, but it is [still] hard to separate the female archetype from high footwear; and creating these pieces that transcend the categorisation that women especially fall into, creates a new dialogue.”

“The enormous power you feel when you get into these huge shoes, elevates you to look down from above like a god/goddess.” Whilst it’s a difficult way to exist as a designer in a famously destructive industry, Kira remains very much against the process of mass production, not solely because of the burnout she witnessed in her early years in fashion; but because of the environmental consequences of these processes. In fact, Kira cites this as her biggest obstacle as a designer: “Finding a way to make a product affordable enough so that it’s both more available to people and not homogenous, so it still appeals to many.” Kira is currently working on what she terms “a completely new manufacturing system that has some of the components of mass production, but a lot of the spirit, adaptability and uniqueness of bespoke production”, which we can expect to see the results of next year. Currently, everything Kira makes is done by hand, individually, so every extraordinary pair of shoes is completely original. Above all, Kira was an avid believer that “everyone should be able to express themselves no matter what” long before fashion’s recent spur in the fight for inclusivity. She has always catered for all sizes, in an entirely bespoke process of design: “It doesn’t matter what society says you can or can’t wear. If you want to be amazing, be that.”

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