Nadav Kandar’s life hasn’t been short of adventures. From his early childhood in Tel Aviv, through a move to Johannesburg in 1963, to a period serving in the South African Air Force, the internationally-renowned photographer has travelled the world.
He has explored the radioactive ruins of Kazakhstani cities. He has travelled down China’s Yangtze River. But it is in London where the artist resides today – on a cobbled mews in Kentish Town next to the studio of fashion designer Oliver Sweeney.
Sweeney’s Cobbler-in-Chief, Tim Cooper, struck up a friendship with Kandar and the footwear brand’s latest release – The Photographer’s Boot – is the result of this adventurer’s alliance.
The boot evolved from the realisation that Nadav wanted a beautiful looking shoe, but one that was also comfortable, practical and hardy. He needed a shoes that could withstand the elements he weathers to shoot his landscapes, but also be smart enough to wear when he’s shooting portraits (of individuals as important as Barack Obama, no less.)
Tim Cooper, therefore, set out to make the Photographer’s Boot a reality, and designed a stunning, hand-crafted Chelsea boot made from luxurious Italian water-resistant suede with a flexible, non-slip sole.
"Nadav Kandar’s life hasn’t been short of adventures..."
Originally designed as a one-off, the shoe was deemed too perfect not to share, so Oliver Sweeney have produced a limited run of 200 pairs – available in Navy and Burgundy with contrasting elastic gussets for a splash of colour.
The boots are available in store and online now, and also feature traditional Blake-stitched construction and the title of Kander’s first Monograph book – ‘Beauty’s Nothing’ – stitched onto the back of the boots. A true must-have for fashionistas and photographers alike.
The Photographer Boot