As longtime readers may remember, I get a huge kick out of "fashionable" footwear for women. Living on a farm, nearly my entire shoe repertoire consists of sneakers, mud boots, and... well, sneakers and mud boots. (I also have some semi-decent flats for church wear.)
So whenever I see impractical high-heels that are so de rigueur among the fashionable set, I laugh since nothing but sneakers or mud boots would last above thirty minutes where we live.
Anyway, doubtless you've already seen this extreme and ultimate example of really really stooooopid shoes.
Sometimes fashion leaves me sputtering with disbelief, and this is why.
On the other hand, I fully realize these aren't, ahem, meant for everyday use and were simply created to make a point (no pun intended).
In this case, the shoes were designed by South African student artist Leanie van der Vyver as a "critique on the fashion industry's quest for perfection." She apparently designed the pair as a graduation project from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
"I wrote my Thesis about how humans have been playing God with their bodies," said Leanie, "constantly searching for the ultimate perfection and I discovered that this perfection has reached a climax in the fashion and beauty industry. Heels can not get higher any higher."
She's right, of course. Although I might add, she might visit a ballet studio some day, as dancers use toe shoes all the time that achieve the same purpose with with a lot less agony.
If you want to see real agony, click on this link to see the shoes in action.
"Leanie's avant-garde design might seem extreme," concludes the article, "but they join a growing list of the out-there designs adored by eccentric celebrities like Lady Gaga, including Noritaka Tatehana's heel-less shoes to Alexander McQueen's gravity-defying creations."
I think I'll stick to sneakers and mud boots.