Shoes So Terrifying, They Are 'Scary Beautiful'!

By Meera Dolasia on October 12, 2012

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Over the years, we have come across many outrageous shoe designs - Israeli designer Kobe Levi's banana peel shoes, the late Alexander McQueen's Armadillo shoes and even Lady Gaga's notorious meat shoes, but nothing comes even close to this latest creation, by South African artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer Rene van den Berg.

Aptly named 'Scary Beautiful', the one-off pair is an odd mix of both. Scary, because not only does it sport massive heels, but also, because the heels are placed in the front of the shoe instead of behind. Therefore in order to walk in them, the wearer has to point her feet straight down the back and maintain balance by leaning her shin against the heel that sits in the front - Not the most comfortable situation to be in. But convoluted as they are, the design is also quite intriguing and in a strange way, beautiful.

These were exactly the two emotions Leanie was trying to evoke with this unique design, which was the center piece of her graduation project. Having worked in the fashion industry for seven years, the artist is well-versed with the amount of discomfort models, especially women, undergo to look 'perfect'. The shoe was meant to be her critique of her disdain about what is going on. To prove her point she even filmed a video of a young girl actually daring to get into them and fashionably, hobble around in pain.

Ironically, her desire to express her discomfort with the 'perfection' being sought out by the fashion industry has ended up making her quite famous, especially since 'Scary Beautiful', were nominated earlier this year for a design prize at her University - The Gerrit Rietveld Acadamie in Amsterdam. The judges were not only impressed by its unique design, beautiful craftsmanship and gorgeous leather, but also, applauded the way the esthetics, ergonomics and prosthesis merged so that the wearer had to develop a new rather painful way of walking! We guess fashion is all just about looking well . . . . . . Different?


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  • fryyugyyryuFriday, November 20, 2015 at 10:53 am
    that is so creapy
    • 3006183
      3006183Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 8:33 am
      • huskypup1
        huskypup1Monday, November 16, 2015 at 11:37 am
        • edgar1000
          edgar1000Monday, November 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm
          those look so weird and uncomfortable and out of a 1 to 10 rating it would be a negative 2000!!!
          • 3007716
            3007716Friday, October 30, 2015 at 9:47 am
            The video girl looks like a broken rag doll. Those look un-com-for-table!! :(
            • luna23
              luna23Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 12:39 am
              Not cool with a k
              • RoarWednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10:58 am
                That looks like a very uncomfortable shoe
                • luna23
                  luna23Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 12:40 am
                  I think that to
                • isastarplayerTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 4:45 pm
                  what in the world is that!
                  • Hi!Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 2:12 pm
                    so cute but so scary.
                    • grammarqueen1Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm
                      wow i want to wear that

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