Bryan Oknyansky, an architect and innovative designer, combines making buildings and futuristic shoes and proves that career change can be exiting journey.
Bryan’s example is that of a rare lucky one. Taking a new direction in his career was not as difficult as many would expect. His main profession – architecture opened a door for him to the exiting world of futuristic fashion. Now Bryan successfully designs both shoes and buildings. However, taking a new direction in career or opening a new business is not only about excitement and fulfilling dreams.
“It takes an acceptance of uncertainties that can potentially radically change your life for the better or worst,” says Bryan.
“There are plenty talented writers, painters, musicians, actors and models hiding under the London’s bartenders, lawyers, waiters, restaurant managers and bankers suits. Sometimes taking a new path can be sudden and unexpected, but for sure, will lead to big changes.”
Prior to his acting career, Brad Pitt worked as a limo driver for strippers, taking them to bachelor parties. Renowned cartoonist, Walt Disney was fired from the newspaper editor’s position because ‘he lacked imagination and had no good ideas,’ and singer Andrea Bocelli was a defence attorney until the age of 34 – all of these are world’s famous examples of a radical career change.
Bryan’s journey in shoe design started when he won a shoe design competition while studying for his first degree in Woodbury University School of Architecture and the Architectural Association. After this he was introduced to a variety of people who were interested in his creation and presented opportunities to make innovative footwear. He moved from Los Angeles to London and stating that “Britain’s capital is a great place for experimental fashion.”
Bryan is ambitious and scientifically orientated. He proclaims that the future is here and he will put it on the feet of customers. The creator of world’s first wearable, customisable and eco-friendly 3D printed high heel shoe expressed that the future that consumers have hoped for already exist.
“My shoes use the latest in sustainable manufacturing technologies like 3D printing to make a shoe that look great and are unusually comfortable because I make all the insoles myself by hand.” He said.
According to Bryan’s philosophy, comfort, beauty and inspiration are inevitable ingredients of good design. The lack of any of the three features will lead to failure. He describes his shoes as the footwear designed without convention and explores the latest in technology combining artistry at the highest level.
“Comfort and shoes should be inseparable friends,” He said.
“For a girlfriend I would give her, something she wouldn’t complain about hurting her feet a few minutes after leaving to go on a night out.”
The prices of these shoes vary from £200 to £50,000. However, he preferred to keep his highest sale private.