EXCLUSIVE: Our Interview with Joseph LiMandri of Redo My Shoe

Photos courtesy of Joseph LiMandri We stumbled onto Joseph LiMandri's Instagram feed one fine day, and we were blown away by his proce...

Photos courtesy of Joseph LiMandri

We stumbled onto Joseph LiMandri's Instagram feed one fine day, and we were blown away by his process of strassing shoes (particularly Christian Louboutins).
Read more for our exclusive interview and be sure to check out his YouTube page!

Hi Joey! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a completely non-frivolous shopper, wincing at the notion of spending $50 on a cardigan despite dropping $1,000 on a pair of Louboutins. I constantly contradict myself, most evidently in my former blog posts. What sets me apart from my competitors, though, is my discerning eye. I fret over quality, going as far as to remove entire sections of crystals because the placement is off, or toss a batter of cookie dough because the cookie came out too dry. I hate putting my name on something I truly don't believe in, which is why I'm always apprehensive when cooking for friends and family members, for example. I only want to present others with the best version of myself. Needless to say, I'm plagued with insecurity. Any artist will admit to that, though.

Could you please introduce "strassing" to us?
Strassing was a term I adopted from the Louboutin brand. I dislike words like "bling" or "crystallize". They just sound cheap to me. Strassing involves hand-placing thousands of rhinestones onto any given surface.

How long have you been in the business?
I've been doing this too long for someone my age, but if you want to put a timeline on it, 2.5 years. I started a few months before turning 21 and now I'm 23.

Where do you get your ideas and inspirations from?
Recently I've had no inspiration. I used to sketch shoes all the time but this business has become too pressure-filled that any time allotted to do a personal project or new idea would be deemed a waste of valuable worktime. I'd love to use stones never used before, but time and money restrict me. I just rely on the client now to come up with something relatively fresh.

What do you find most fulfilling working with shoes?
The end product definitely is what makes it all worth it. That, and the praise I get from my client. Otherwise, the actual process is quite tedious and dreadful.

Who is your favourite shoe designer?
I used to love Nicholas Kirkwood, but his designs are becoming a bit haphazard in my opinion. I think Giuseppe Zanotti has stepped it up recently, as well as Brian Atwood. I love edgier shoes styles using unexpected materials like mesh, fringe, lucite, and PVC.

If you could only work with one colour, which one would you be and why?
Vitrail Medium is my favorite Swarovski rhinestone because it encapsulates every color of the rainbow. I'm a huge gemtone fan and this stone just does it for me. I particularly love the psychedelic effect it has.

What would you do if you win a million dollars?
I would for sure put a lot of it in savings, buy a condo/small house, and go on vacation with my boyfriend. Ideally, any assistance I could give to my family I'd take advantage of. I'm a firm believer of paying it forward and I wouldn't be where I am without their past and present support.

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