Another New Shoe Design – Hopscotch

9 years, 10 months ago 35


My childhood leather sandals + Sulamith Wulfing illustrations + Japanese schoolgirl stereotype = Hopscotch.

Although, these are Sulamith Wulfing more than anything else, as the design is directly inspired by a certain illustration of hers. I’ll show you later.


These are replicas of the pair my one of a kind doll Alice in Wonderland wears, except instead of leather, they are cast in bronze, plated with 24k gold and painted with synthetic enamel.


Introducing a new feature- the strap button: a simpler, yet equally elegant solution to the teeny tiny buckle. I love it.


Hopscotch Styles From left to right: Sunday Best, First Ball and September.

Experimentation with the most basic finishes and color combination. More experiments required, of course. Especially the kind where I wear gloves and laugh like an evil scientist from time to time. While working on specimens of miniature footwear. “Chad, scalpel please, quickly!…”


Two styles Hopscotch and Marie-Antoinettes, both 24k gold-plated and enameled. Marie-Antoinette style features my signature, tiny buckle strap and decorative ornamentation on the front, back and heel, while Hopscotch is a simpler, less decorative style reminiscent of classical child’s shoes.


My place is just crawling with dolls and their tiny shoes, amongst other doll things right now. Some of my guests find it a little strange here. Can’t blame them-sometimes I find my own home quite strange. But lovely.

Any favorites? Yes, yes, I know everyone likes Macaroons.

35 Responses

  1. Eiko says:

    It must’ve been really tricky to replicate this design from leather to bronze. Very impressive.

    I like the First Ball and September ones.

  2. Jayne Wourms says:

    Well, the pink enameled shoes of course. They are pure divinity! My girl needs those shoes so desperately (or is that me?) Truthfully, all the shoes are favorites, what is not to love? Tiny little precious shoes! A girl can never have to many.

  3. Kelly says:

    I like September. I think the bronze color suits the style, seems like leather. I’d like them with a blue or maybe matching brown strap.

  4. Suok69 says:

    Very, very lovely. I remember myself wearing one of those sandals. Would love to get some of these shoes.

  5. Manü says:

    Wow so many shoes, so many creations they are all very very beautiful pure design art.Congratulations Marina

  6. noxy says:

    I love the First Ball ones!

  7. Kelly says:

    Some of the photos are not loading completely, the top one is mostly gray.

  8. Jayne says:

    I can’t choose. They are all divine :)

  9. Biscuitbear says:

    How sweet! My favorite is the September pair. They remind me of childhood shoes too.

  10. Orangey says:

    Oh, once again I’m impressed! As soon as I saw ‘hopscotch’ on the blog page I was in high anticipation, and of course my eyes were delighted by these gorgeous shoes, I really love this style of shoe! The ‘little girl’/mary jane style of shoe. I wish I had a doll and some shoes to play with now, looks like fun :P.

    And haha, I imagine your guests feel like they’ve walked into another universe, your place must be jammed with dolls and the things you need to create them, and all of their luscious goodies.

  11. MigMig says:

    “My place is just crawling with dolls and their tiny shoes, amongst other doll things right now” – Marina, this sounds like heaven!

    I also wore similar sandals as a child (in black or tan leather). Thank you for letting me go back to the childhood years. Your tiny creations are more than doll shoes.

  12. Vivague says:

    So lovely! These shoes are a pretext for dreaming. Your enchanted dolls walk in a lovely country and it’s the beginning of a wonderful story…

  13. Anne (UK) says:

    Well I love them all but Sunday Best just nudges ahead as favourite!

  14. ~Jenny~ says:

    It’s hard to pick ONE favourite but I think the ranking would look like this:

    1. First Ball
    2. Sunday Best
    3. September

    1 and 2 sharing a pretty equal position. =]

  15. Amal says:

    Oh no no, no the black ones!! They’re just perfect! You might as well just stop right now, because I don’t see how you can make anything more perfect! :p

  16. Annina says:

    ooooh i love “September”, their finish is so lovely, wow wow! they are my favourite.
    aaah i would love to be at your place and play with all of these YUMMY accessories! :D

  17. The Old Maid says:

    Hopscotch are great!Snday Best is the best.;) But still it’s something about that pink…;)

  18. Hazel says:

    Hopscotch is now my favorite ED shoe design! They’re exactly everything I love in a shoe. September is my favorite. Can’t resist the classic purple and gold color combo. :)

  19. João says:

    You make me want to live at your house =P Got any room? hehe

    It’s all lovely. I adore your work =)

  20. Marina you are just a one woman show from doll creation, la haut couture (dressmaker) to high fashion shoes. Your parents must be so proud of you.

    I envy your guest, I hope they realize the chance they have…. The (sunday best) would have to be my first pick. Not to get me wrong I would pick all all all, every thing I could get my arms around, but if I were to pick it would be those..

  21. Astera says:

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite…but, for the hopscotch, I’d love Sunday’s best (my own childhood shoes were black, too!)…also because they are pink inside! :) They really look confortable, too…even a porcelain girl needs to relax.

    For the Marie-Atoinettes, silver and pink work for me both. The silver seem more versatile and I like the coloured interior…the pink ones, well they are pink: gotta like them!

  22. Leah says:

    Oooooh! Those new ones are gorgeous too! I actually used to have shoes that looked very similar to the ones you have here :3

  23. giperborea says:

    Sunday Best!!!

  24. I wonder if you received my email. I am waiting for your response ok?

    Balaio Variado

  25. Marina says:

    I’ll check my spam folder.

  26. Oh oh oh!!! I actually adore the little sandals!!! I think they would be VERY (almost TOO) cute in the pink colour as well, and very European in red or navy. I like the bronze pair too, because they are the most reminiscent of “leather”

    I still like the silver pair in the marie-antoinette’s, they’d be nice and versatile.

    Loving these marina, just loving them.

  27. Linda says:

    very nice……inspiring!

    thank you

  28. Annina says:

    i always liked the shoes of Echo with the dye sublimation print. i always imagined some shoes like that but simply in red textile, for my doll. i have a thing for little cute red shoes. but i have giant feet for my size, so when i find a pair that are dainty, once i look at my size they are just big ;)
    but i do love this mary-jane-like style, it’s so cute because of the rounded shape at the tip of the shoe.

  29. Suok69 says:

    Marina, i’ve also send you email today can you, please, check mine as well. Many thanks.

  30. Jenny H says:

    These are wondrous! Everything you do just gets more awesome!

  31. MollyTheWanderer says:

    I like the silver and blue antoinettes, so cinderella ^_^. I think it would look really cool if you did the enamel and gold ones in red.

  32. Good morning Marina

    You’ve found the email I sent you? I’m awaiting your answer, because I want to put on my blog the photos and interview. Thank you for your attention and congratulations for the job!

    Balaio Variado

  33. Silvana says:

    Hi Marina!!!
    I loved these shoes! Every one is beautiful than other one. I loved the Marie-Antoinnete shoes!! they are so lovely!!!!!!

  34. Sarandipitty says:

    Now That is totally BRIL!

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