Wellington, October 15 (ANI): A Dutch designer has come up with 20cm high nude leather "shoes" that have two heels, three side buckles and footbeds that force the shin forward and feet "en pointe".
The extraordinary design pushes the wearer into a prowling, awkward gait, legs akimbo and bottom shunted into a crouching position that makes walking a borderline impossibility and are also painful to simply to look at.
More like a medieval torture instrument than a comfortable slip-on, the design is the brainchild of artist Leanie van der Vyver.
According to der Vyver, 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," Stuff.co.nz quoted der Vyer as writing on her Vimeo site.
"Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard," she said.
However, the "new standard" has podiatrists raising their eyebrows.
Brenden Brown, Vice President of the Australian Podiatry Association said the shoes were aptly named.
"Women should be very scared to wear them as they are virtually impossible to walk in. You can't take this stuff too seriously," Brown said.
"The shoes posturally throw the shins in a forward direction.
"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!" he added. (ANI)