Our Favourite Subject: Shoegazing


“Why do so many lomographers take pictures of their shoes?" Simple: sometimes you just have to look down to snap a great photo. Here is a collection of some of the community’s finest shoegazing pics.

Credits: superkulisap

“Why do so many lomographers take pictures of their shoes and cappuccino cups (and sometimes of their bikes as well)? Too vanilla for us…we prefer mental hospitals!” That’s what Italian-British graphic designer and photographer Giorgio Giussani recently asked his fans on his Facebook page.

Giorgio admits to using Lomography cameras himself occasionally and he has a LomoHome, yet he is not a big fan of the brand or its community. Although he likes the same stuff that many lomographers do, such as double exposures and cross-processing, and he tags his pictures on Flickr with ‘lomo’ and ‘lomography’, Giorgio is annoyed by the randomness of people snapping pics of their shoes.

Credits: bxlomo

So does he have a point? Well, type ‘shoes’ in the search box on Lomography.com and you will get 12,375 hits. Narrow it down to a particular brand, for instance ‘Vans shoes’, and you still get hundreds of results. Some of these shoe pics are crap, most are mediocre, but some really do stand out, because they are great doubles, creatively composed or the x-pro colours worked out well. Whether they are new or old, lost or found, red or green, on or off: lomographers just can’t get enough of their shoes.

Credits: renatamotteran

Which made me wonder: why? Why do we love taking pictures of the dirtiest piece of our outfit? Is it because they are the easiest things to photograph – just point down and shoot? Is it because we want to show off our hundred dollar kicks to the rest of the world? Or is it because a picture of your shoes is simply an alternative form of self-portrait? A recent American study showed that your shoes say a lot more about you than you think: by looking at shoe pictures, you can judge 90% of people’s personal characteristics, such as age, sex and wealth.

Credits: superkulisap

So what do our shoes say about the Lomography community? We like Converse, Vans and Nike shoes the most, we like to skate, laze on the beach and party. We like colour, particularly red and green. Or as one lomographer put it: “Shoes are awesome.” And apparently, wherever we go and whatever we do, there is always a camera at hand to snap a shoe pic. Here is a selection of some of the best.

Shoe doubles

Credits: adi_totp, qrro, saintempire, trashpilotin, 007-0815-styler, superkulisap, maria-pi, suizidekid, bxlomo, dikasapi, fribbot, blinkofaneye, bloomchen, leocardarelli & sanmariano

Fisheye shoes

Credits: mickeyondope, superkulisap, 007-0815-styler, endowaty, pointless, conehorror, bananayokimoto, monoflow, joemorrissey, tharun, oiacasagrande, judi7h & lomojenny

Action shoes

Credits: blue071, minty, nonegraphies, jaminsemirang, madnad, joelanator0492, -scruff-, kachapi, werriston, definitely, ahdeedas & heathcliff

I <3 my Vans

Credits: minty, trashpilotin, superkulisap, sommarboken, blue071, sacagrapas, niko_fuzzy, space_they_cannot_touch, katyx13, cheenweg, itisanormalname, cudas, justaspencer & pulex

Just do it.

Credits: xephryrus, bravebird, filem-o-rama, dogo, babble, raytone, trashpilotin, sarahandsarah, ghuido, marjolijnvanleeuwen, chemchris, huanghuang, samwengchern, miki_almaraz & aranda

Adidas shoes

Credits: cruesi, zonderbar, 007-0815-styler, leratroyan, eika, kutchiara, mikichuel, gaykay, bravebird, qrro, guitarleo, phil2k90 & adi_totp

All Stars

Credits: happygaivot, leibysavila, piggy_wiggy, kobkob, trashpilotin, filem-o-rama, oiacasagrande, faefaefae, roblarosa, ghuido, radiofreenyc, schmartypanz, juvimae, hanat9651, zeewierkoekje, lomofrue, primula, didimuir, sarahandsarah, petterf & mery03

Red shoes

Credits: slumbrnghok, 007-0815-styler, metzgor, beni, corzh, bluemie5, ghuido, pfvandenbroek, christyleungwt, kobkob, claripon, saintempire, street_smile, backforbreakfast & eva_eva

Green shoes

Credits: itisanormalname, tiano, graham, cinzinc, lomodirk, natalieerachel & pozacu

Skate shoes

Credits: minty, metlevi, annelie, alettav, knalbert, eseka, jsmcbride, gepo1303, bloomchen & needle76

Shoes on the beach

Credits: brettac, superkulisap, sacagrapas, marinamarinimarino, mandi, stephanie, tveden, rafaeltroncotroconis, mimifleuri, legacy, guitarleo, headonthegrass & dogma

Shoes in the grass

Credits: flixie, tomkiddo, pinkfallingstars, metzgor, macmarco, becksiekate, teeerka, shufflet, josefinamolina, filem-o-rama, npcoley, concrete-monstaz, summers, kleeblatt, hlphuonglinh, primula, cosmicpnay80, anarchy, neja, lokified & alexes

Empty shoes

Credits: saintempire, 007-0815-styler, glasswinged, drumfire, dark-ink, blinkofaneye, orangeskys, notalux, guigalomo, cinzinc & crismiranda

Group shoes

Credits: blue071, anarchy, aralucia, elisewin, neurodiaz, nativuberalles & goodthings

Like this article if you have ever taken a picture of your shoes and post the link in the comments below!

written by sandergroen on 2013-07-02 in #lifestyle #analogue-photography #lomography #sneakers #vans #shoes #converse #nike #lomo


  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    that's a lot of VANS!! I love it!

  2. sandergroen
    sandergroen ·

    Vans are definitely favourite among lomographers! :)

  3. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    hi, nice article/collection. But to be honest you definitely missed one shot of mine :o) www.lomography.tw/homes/bloomchen/popular/photos/16630021

  4. priyankamehta13
    priyankamehta13 ·

    haha ! nice picture @bloomchen ! I like to take pictures of my feet and shoes too :-P haha nice !

  5. sandergroen
    sandergroen ·

    @bloomchen: Fab pic indeed - where is that? :)
    @priyankamehta13: Share the links of the best ones with us? :)

  6. lomofrue
    lomofrue ·

    awesome article! looove it!

  7. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    but this is summertime... take off your shoes and relax! www.lomography.tw/homes/sirio174/albums/1962644-sprockfeet-…

  8. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    No shoes, no socks,... no problems! Relax! www.lomography.tw/homes/sirio174/walls/221616-no-shoes-no-s…

  9. sandergroen
    sandergroen ·

    @lomofrue: Thanks! You have any shoe pics yourself?
    @sirio174: That's cheating, 'cause this article is about shoes shoes shoes! ;)

  10. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    @sandergroen And it is a GREAT article! Great selection!

  11. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

    Cool selection, nice article, :D enjoyed it!

  12. madnad
    madnad ·


  13. nonegraphies
    nonegraphies ·

    love vans <3

  14. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    cool sets!

  15. stratski
    stratski ·

    Heh, I guess I´m the only Meindl fan here, these are all mine...

  16. sandergroen
    sandergroen ·

    @sirio174, @neurodiaz, @madnad, @istionojr: Thanks! :)
    @stratski: Well, with literally thousands of shoe pics to choose from, I've limited myself to casual shoes, i.e. sneakers. ;)

  17. sandergroen
    sandergroen ·

    Also I forgot to include my own two shoe pics:
    A friend and me who own exactly the same pair of Vans: www.lomography.tw/homes/sandergroen/photos/17284763
    My Nike SBs in the snow: www.lomography.tw/homes/sandergroen/photos/17892389

  18. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    One of my fav subject to shoot! :) Awesome gallery here @sandergroen :)

  19. jaminsemirang
    jaminsemirang ·

    @sandergroen thanks for including my lomograph on this article.

  20. pfvandenbroek
    pfvandenbroek ·

    Hi Sander, tof artikel en mooie selectie schoenenfoto's.

  21. bravebird
    bravebird ·

    Hey, thanks for including my pictures :D

  22. sandergroen
    sandergroen ·

    @eva_eva & @pfvandenbroek: Thanks! :)
    @jaminsemirang & @upic: You're welcome! :)

  23. headonthegrass
    headonthegrass ·

    vans vans VANS!!

  24. roxyvonschlotterstein
    roxyvonschlotterstein ·

    lovely article. here is my picture: www.lomography.tw/homes/roxyvonschlotterstein/albums/193482…

  25. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    it is in flensburg! a city close to the danish border. i´ll be there again in the next two weeks. i guess i´ll surely pass and take a pic of it with another cam.

  26. dikasapi
    dikasapi ·

    @adi_totp yeaa adi! 2 of our doubles here hahaha, my vans is goin famous ahahaha :D
    thaannkkss @sandergroen

  27. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    thanks for sharing my vans shoes :)

  28. sandergroen
    sandergroen ·

    @headonthegrass: Vans are the best! :)
    @roxyvonschlotterstein: Thanks! Funny how your tags say 'selfportrait', which proves the point I'm making in the article. :)
    @bloomchen: Yes, be sure to snap more pics! I've seen other shoe lines, but this one is crazy! :)
    @superkulisap: Happy to share your Vans any time, great shots! :)

  29. roxyvonschlotterstein
    roxyvonschlotterstein ·

    yeah, i absolutely agree to that point. my feet -> myself = self portrait

  30. myfolkway
    myfolkway ·

    Yep, shoes can be nice selfportraits or subjects ! Great article :)

  31. 007-0815-styler
    007-0815-styler ·

    ♥ Sneaker Freaker 4 Life ♥

  32. elenya-y
  33. saintempire
    saintempire ·

    SHOEEEEEES <3 :))

  34. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    great article, great shoes!

  35. brettac
    brettac ·

    @sandergroen Thanks for the feature, love whole the article!

  36. sandergroen
    sandergroen ·

    @cinzinc & @brettac: Thank you! Don't forget to share your own shoe pics, I might want to do a second instalment. :)

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