Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt inspires new shoe design

    Those flip-flops you’ve been wearing all summer aren’t going to withstand the rigors of the fall/winter season. If you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes, French shoemakers Bluedy have come up with the perfect solution. A selection of footwear inspired by Stephen Merritt has been produced by the company, who offer four unique designs in their Stephin range.

    The people behind Bluedy clearly have a major obsession with Merritt, as they’ve also used his 69 Love Songs to show just how swish their “Bluedypod” iPod covers are. The site also offers a Jimi shoe, in tribute to Jimi Hendrix, and comments that “music is our major influence.” Other influential people sited by Bluedy include Prefab Sprout, Brian Eno, and Bob Dylan, which creates some head-spinning visions of future shoe designs.

    But Merritt remains a peerless force in their eyes, and they declare on the site that 69 Love Songs is “the most beautiful CD of the 20th century.” [Drowned in Sound]