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The world's scariest shoes?

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Daisy Dumas

The lovechild of The Day of the Triffids and Alexander McQueen's more bombastic vision, perhaps?

The lovechild of The Day of the Triffids and Alexander McQueen's more bombastic vision, perhaps?

The lovechild of The Day of the Triffids and Alexander McQueen's more bombastic vision, perhaps, Scary Beautiful is wearable art like nothing we have seen.

With two heels, three side buckles and footbeds that force shins forward and feet en pointe, the nude leather ‘shoes’ are a good 20cm high.

The extraordinary Dutch designs push the wearer into a prowling, awkward gait, legs akimbo and bottom shunted into a crouching position that makes walking a borderline impossibility – and are painful to simply to look at.

<i>Scary Beautiful</i> shoes are designed to "inflict an unexpected new beauty standard".

Scary Beautiful shoes are designed to "inflict an unexpected new beauty standard".

More like a medieval torture instrument than a comfortable slip-on, the design is the brainchild of artist Leanie van der Vyver. She says the semi-abstract creations underline a rather more serious side of fashion.

"Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all time climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection”, van der Vyer writes at her Vimeo site.

"Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard.”

That new standard has podiatrists raising their eyebrows.

Brenden Brown, Vice President of the Australian Podiatry Association (NSW & ACT), told Life&Style: “The name of the shoes is fitting. Women should be very scared to wear them as they are virtually impossible to walk in. You can’t take this stuff too seriously. As a mere podiatrist I can say I am pretty sure I won’t be seeing these in George St, Sydney any time soon."

Which is probably a good thing, given their effect on the wearer.

“The shoes posturally throw the shins in a forward direction", Brown said. "This requires the knees to be bent almost at 45 degrees. Let’s face it, not only are you going to be uncomfortable but walking in those you’re going to look pretty silly, quite possibly you would walk like a scary monster!”

And, yes, a pair have reportedly been dispatched to Lady Gaga.

34 comments so far

  • "explore what lies beyond perfection".. what a joke. It looks hideous and painful, at least the designer has got their name in print.it's about time we stopped trying to look 'beyond perfection' and just stick with perfection - your foot in a flat shoe.

    Commenter
    Steve
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 15, 2012, 9:47AM
    • To explore what lies beyond perfection - looks like we've found the other side of the bell curve.

      Commenter
      Zerotwoalpha
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      October 31, 2012, 1:24PM
  • Why are men never depicted wearing these types of ridiculous fashions - sorry, art!
    Takes misogyny to a whole new level. And of course that idiot Ga Ga will wear them.

    Commenter
    PS
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    October 15, 2012, 9:50AM
    • "the design is the brainchild of artist Leanie van der Vyver. She says the semi-abstract creations underline a rather more serious side of fashion."

      Hmm......A female designer so I guess it's alright then and NOT misogyny - or should we recall parliament and blame Tony Abbott for this one too?

      Commenter
      This chicken is rubbery
      Location
      Gradurikeit
      Date and time
      October 15, 2012, 2:20PM
    • And PS perfectly illustrates the easy world of labels that the Left has created.
      I'm a white male and work in management.
      In PS's world if I disagree with a woman, I'm now a misogynist
      If I disagree with a homosexual, I'm homophobic
      If I hold any view about immigration, I'm a racist
      I manage others, so I'm a bully.
      All of these comments are in today's Age.
      Marvellous

      Commenter
      TED
      Date and time
      October 15, 2012, 3:12PM
  • Can someone please remnd me why we desperately need fashion designers to exist?

    Commenter
    Muammar
    Location
    Melburbia
    Date and time
    October 15, 2012, 9:54AM
    • We wouldn't need fashion designers if we didn't have idiots to wear the dross that they turn out

      Commenter
      JP Killion
      Location
      NSW
      Date and time
      October 15, 2012, 11:58AM
    • They do keep some people employed. Can't argue with that.

      Commenter
      Liv
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 15, 2012, 1:41PM
    • More advanced societies have always been noted for their art - once a society becomes efficient enough in food production to be able to support non-subsistence living, the next step is art. It feeds the soul. While I am not comparing these contraptions to the Mona Lisa, how do we draw the line? Should only maestros be allowed to practice? How, then, will they support themselves while they strive for greatness? If this designer can support herself through her art, then she has every right to exist.

      Commenter
      Beauty
      Date and time
      October 31, 2012, 12:26PM
  • What female in her right mind would even try them on as a laugh other than seriously but what Man would think they are sexy? none that I know!

    Commenter
    OMG Really !
    Location
    Pt Cook
    Date and time
    October 15, 2012, 11:09AM

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