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High-Heeled Sneakers

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!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Mar 14, 2013 | Comments (15)
Category: Fashion, Shoes

Defense Shoes

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.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Nov 30, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Shoes

Toothsome Shoes for Men

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.
Posted By: Tyrusguy | Date: Fri Oct 12, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Fashion, Shoes

Sea Lion Hide Shoes

[From Playboy 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!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 12, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Furniture, Shoes, 1960's

Heelless Shoes

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.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 27, 2012 | Comments (12)
Category: Fashion, Shoes

L L Bean Bootmobile

I'd pay good money to see the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile side-by-side with the Bootmobile!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 19, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Shoes, Trucks

How to Look Like An Idiot, In One Easy “Step”


Buy yours here!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 15, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Shoes

Follies of the Mad Men #106

[From Life magazine for September 12, 1949.]

This is someone's foot. With a face drawn on the sole. Wearing a collar and tie, glasses, and a hat. With fake "head" hair attached. I know it's "just a drawing." But the concept is ludicrous and creepy. I will not buy your shoes, Mr. Roblee!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 01, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Body, Feet, Business, Advertising, Products, Fashion, Shoes, 1940's
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