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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  • angieliang
    angieliangFriday, December 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm
    that would be hard to walk with
    • Awesomeness Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:12 am
      It makes you walk kinda funny
      • gymnastics_rox
        gymnastics_roxThursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm
        They would give you some pretty nasty blisters!!! It hurts just to think about them!! :(
        • puglover67
          puglover67Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:20 am
          Ouch! I imagine these would cost a fortune!
          • softballgurl444
            softballgurl444Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8:55 am
            those look like they would give u blisters badly.... they also look like they hurt
            • gymnastics_rox
              gymnastics_roxThursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:29 am
              wouldn't that hurt really bad???
              • swi123
                swi123Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:39 am
                • #ErikkaThursday, November 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm
                  #omg...sooooo_CREEEEEPY! But, being in 11th grade it's kind of ok...kind of.
                  • cakepop9
                    cakepop9Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:16 am
                    • cakepop9
                      cakepop9Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:15 am
                      im in 4th grade and i will never buy or were them unless i find them for $1.00 and they are selling for $100.00 then i will buy them then sell them................ smiley face :)


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