The newest addition to Artful Home is a line of fabulous shoes from CYDWOQ. Artful Home CEO Lisa Bayne talked about why they’re so special in her blog post, and I’d like to take the time to introduce the company and the featured styles to you.

CYDWOQ founder, Rafi Balouzian, comes from a long line of master shoe-makers. Learning at the knee of his father, Krair, Rafi spent years immersing himself in every facet of shoe-making.


Image courtesy of CYDWOQ

Prior to starting CYDWOQ, he found that the space-age materials, padding, and air bubbles found in modern shoes were impeding his natural stride during his favorite activity — long walks. He set out to create a line of shoes using his vast knowledge of shoe-making and inspired by nature. Studying the contours of the foot, the circular motion of walking, and experimenting with designs and materials, Rafi finally crafted shoes that he believes are the next best thing to barefoot.


Rafi Balouzian, image courtesy of CYDWOQ

We are introducing five styles as a start and hope that you are as thrilled with these shoes as we are.

Barrier Shoe


In pearlized, vegetable-tanned Italian leather, this striking flat features eye-catching straps detailed with rivets. A rear elastic loop allows you to slip it on and off with ease.

 Dimension Shoe


A classic black slip-on combines timeless design with the artistry of angled side cutouts, a squared toe, and contrasting tumbled and skived leather.

River Bootie


This must-have Chelsea boot is designed with CYDWOQ’s signature all-leather construction and fabulous attention to detail. Slip it on with the ease of elastic side gores.

Strip Shoe


This elegant flat with a sleek pointed toe, extended sole, and delicate elastic cords combines classic beauty and architectural design.

Yoga Shoe


Crisscrossing elastic laces add creative flair and comfort to this simple ballet flat with a gentle rounded toe.

We’d love to hear what you think — and feel! — about these fabulous shoes.