Innovative Shoe Design

Martha Davis’ two month residency with San Francisco’s Workshop Residence resulted in some seriously drool- worthy  shoes!  The challenge was to re-examine the processes, materials and components of a shoe and create a collection of footwear made with under utilized local resources. Davis has created three fantastic styles.


The Kasha is made from reclaimed wood from a 50 foot piece of old growth redwood that was salvaged from a wildfire.   Davis added polyurethane resin that was tinted red, turquoise and black in the workshop to create the 3″ heel.

Sugi Low

Sugi High

The Sugi incorporates an adjustable heel height transforming from a two-inch heel to a three-inch heel by rotating the ellipse and locking the bronze bearings into position. Reclaimed Douglas Fir brake stops from the cable cars in San Francisco have been repurposed into the heels of these shoes.


 The Simone style features live-edge heels cut from a round of Black Acacia wood that was harvested in the San Francisco Bay. Each pair is carefully selected, from the undulating folds of the tree trunk.  They also have specially designed and custom fabricated spring steel shanks by a local machine shop and vegetable-tanned leather.
Davis designed belts are available in one-inch  and two-inch widths with turquoise or red resin in natural leather, or black resin with black leather.This innovative and inspiring collection can be found at the online store for the Workshop Residence.