Moby Monday — A cobbler’s job


UK-based graphic designer Veronica Martinis has imagined a Moby-Dick wedge sandal: the whale’s flukes wrap around the wearer’s toes, and its spout forms the ankle strap.

Martinis isn’t the first shoe designer to be inspired by Melville’s tome. Naturally, there’s already a line of boat shoes called “Mobydick.”

I also found some pink canvas Keds silkscreened with a passage from the book. Curiously, it’s a passage about a squid with “innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas…” I”m no shoe designer, but that sounds more like gladiator sandals to me.

Margaret Guroff is editor and publisher of Power Moby-Dick.