If you've been reading this blog for a while, you probably know by now that we're ga ga (not to be confused with the awesome yet inexplicably named new Spoon album, "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga") for flats and slip-ons. And we're super in hearts with just about any apparel with a DIY touch. So, really, that means there's nothing for us NOT to love about these amazing Species By The Thousands slip-ons. Each OOAK (that's one-of-a-kind for you non-Internerds) pair is hand painted on vintage fabric by mucho talented Brooklyn artists Erica Bradbury and Michele Colomer. And each pair features the duo's trademark environmental images, all of which have a creepy-cool theme going on. And while they definitely like to incorporate skulls and snakes and other symbols frequently found on rock apparel (and on this blog), we like that their designs are less whimsical and more ominous and foreboding, if you will. And we love that their '70s-inspired images aren't super cheesy (even though there's definitely a time and place for that too.)
The shoes are $90 -- slightly steep, but yo, they're art! You can buy them -- or their hand-painted jewelry and cool decorative wood plaques, all of which are also adorned with their interesting interpretations of nature -- on their Website, speciesbythethousands.com.
Check out more of their work on their MySpace page -- and why doncha "Friend" 'em while you're at it?