Fashion can be art, right? And in the case of the shoes featured in Leipzig, Germany’s Grassi Museum, the art is decidedly avant garde. The museum’s new exhibition, Radical Shoe Design. The show includes more than 200 pairs of wildly designed shoes that challenge traditional notions of style, comfort and wearabilty — so of course we love them. If you’re in Leipzig, check out the whole collection. For now, we’ve collected 11 of our favorite weirdbeard pairs for your enjoyment!
One of my favorite men’s looks is a sleek pair of high top sneakers, and don’t even get me started on my oxford boot fetish. However, thanks to Givenchy, I now know that these two awesome styles should never, ever, under any circumstances be combined. The result, as you can see, is a perplexing, fur-lined atrocity of a shoe. [Refinery 29]
These Christian Louboutin platform heels are embroidered to look like a motherboard–isn’t that clever and quirky and fun?–and they can be yours for a mere $1695, which happens to be the same price as a brand new MacBook Pro. I know, I know, it seems like an astronomical sum, but it’s actually not that bad considering that you can use these Louboutins to watch movies, work remotely from anywhere in the world, complete ambitious graphic design projects, download music, and Skype with your friends. Oh. Wait a second. I just re-read the description and it turns out these shoes can’t do any of that. They look like a computer, and cost as much as a computer, but they’re just shoes. Now I’m confused. And kind of sad. [Racked]
A real pair of Christian Louboutin heels will set you back anywhere from $800 to $2000 (“A stupid pair of shoes should never cost the same amount as a fair condition ’95 Nissan Maxima!” — my dad), which means they’re not a realistic footwear option for most people. But hey, if the recession and crumbling global economy have taught us anything, it’s that a little creativity will get you far. Keep reading »
“Creative” and “eccentric” are adjectives that pretty much go hand-in-hand, so it’s hardly a surprise when clothing designers get a bit quirky with their creations. It’s almost never a bad thing — in a profession devoted to the manufacturing of wearable works of art, an odd bent here and there is not only appreciated but encouraged. Some designers take their whims to dresses, but for others, it’s shoes. Some of the world’s most renowned visionaries are responsible for kicks that you’d hesitate to put on, lest they bite your foot off. Many are incredible and inspired, while others are just weird. One thing is for certain: these designer deviations are not cheap. Looking extra avant garde comes at a price.
We’ve got expensive taste, but don’t have the wallet to match. So while we’ve been salivating over the Spring 2012 shoe collections, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever be able to afford even a small wedge of a McQueen wedge any time soon. That’s why we’ve done our due diligence and found a vast array of designer lookalikes at a fraction of the cost. These shoes mimic the designs of the latest Altuzarras, Casadeis and 3.1 Phillip Lims — but at a fraction of the cost. Click through, and happy shopping.
Recognize these shoes from your recent walk in the park? That’s because designer Kobi Levi designs his heels to look like fine-feathered fowl. Check out some of his other out-there designs, including creepy mother-daughter shoes, here. Whimsical, but are they wearable? [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »