More strange Barbie stuff. Included in footwear designer Jeffrey Campbell's summer 2013 collection are shoes that have clear, lucite heels filled with the heads of Barbie dolls. There's also a version filled with Ken heads. Of course, these shoes are now all the rage in Japan. [via RocketNews24
Upskirt photography: one of advertising's less-utilized tools.
Original ad here.
From the strange legal cases file: Back in 1997, Ross Lucock of Australia won a meat tray during a pub raffle. Informed that he needed to be wearing shoes while in the pub, he proceeded to strap the meat (pork chops) to his feet and parade around the pub, leading to the inevitable accident in which another pub patron slipped on the trail of pork slime and broke his arm. The guy with the broken arm then sued the pub, arguing that it had breached its duty of care by its "failure to remove [Mr. Lucock]... in the knowledge that he was inebriated and was clad with pork chops strapped to his feet." He was awarded $750,000 in damages.
More info at ABA Journal
Made from actual animal hooves. Buying a pair will set you back around $5500. Check out the artist's website
for more info.
Podiatrists are horrified by high-heeled sneakers, which are the latest fashion fad among high school girls. For instance, Oregon podiatrist Jon T. Fitzgerald offers these words of wisdom
"The daily use of a high heeled shoe will ultimately create some very long standing problems. The muscles in the back of the legs will begin to contract, causing tendonitis of the Achilles tendon. With time, this will put pressure to the back of the foot, leading to plantar fasciitis and arch pain for years to come."
Of course, the high school girls don't really care what the podiatrists say. After all, plantar fasciitis and arch pain seem like a small price to pay for the sake of fashion!
These spiked "Defense Shoes" introduced in 1955
didn't catch on as women's fashion.
Perhaps because of negative reviews in the press.
But I wonder if they might have been the inspiration for the spiked shoes worn by Rosa Klebb in 1963's From Russia With Love
Weird Shoes are not just for women! The makers of the apex predator shoes
shown above say they contain 1050 teeth from dentures! At the link you will see on left side that they also make the apex predator suit.
for November 1968. Click to enlarge.]
Lizard, alligator, shark--sure, I've heard of shoes made with those, and also with ostrich skin.
But sea lion?!?
I went looking and found a firm
that still uses sea lion hide for various products, though I'm not sure sea lion shoes are among their offerings.
But Holy God, look at this crocodile chair!
Heelless shoes by Antonio Berardi. They'll set you back around £1800, and they look pretty difficult to walk in. Unless, perhaps, you're a habitual toe-walker
. via Kingdom of Style