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    Default The Scariest Shoes of All Time - Van der Vyver's backwards 'Scary Beautiful' shoes

    The Scariest Shoes of All Time

    By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | How To – 7 hours ago

    Scary Beautiful shoes by Leanie van der Vyver. Photo by Lyall CoburnWe've seen many ugly shoes in our day, but a new pair dubbed "Scary Beautiful" is definitely the most treacherous footwear we've ever seen. The massive heels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearers feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes, with their shin leaning against the front "heel" end of the design to balance. The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg, and serve as a commentary on today's impossible standards of beauty.

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    Van der Vyver is South African, and recently graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. We spotted "Crazy Beautiful" on her website, cargocollective.com, and reached out to her for the inside scoop.

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    "After working in fashion for seven years, and therefore being well aware of the manipulation images in fashion suffer for a perfect result, I still compare myself to them and other current beauty ideals," Van der Vyver told Yahoo! Shine exclusively. "My frustration with my own inability to overcome these feelings of inadequacy was what brought 'Scary Beautiful' into fruition. The shoes formed part of my graduation project that was a result of my thesis. The conclusion of my thesis investigation was that people are not satisfied with what they look like, and that perfection, according to the beauty and fashion standards, has reached a climax. 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. Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard."

    A model wearing the Scary Beautiful shoes. Photo by Lyall CoburnUnsurprisingly, Van der Vyver's "Scary Beautiful" shoes were nominated for a design prize at Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Jury members Barbara Visser, visual artist and Xander Karskens, and curator of De Hallen had this to say about the shoes:

    "The object created by Leanie expands the concept of a shoe into multiple new meanings. The beautifully made leather object is accompanied by a video registration of a girl wearing it. One observes the design forcing the wearer to develop a new way of walking, leaning forward while refining a painfully fragile balance. The jury applauds the way aesthetics, ergonomics and prosthesis merge into an awkward choreography. The craftsmanship and strong conceptual way of designing also show in another work, a ceramic tea set in which reference is made to a building in South Africa. Leanie succeeds in translating political consciousness into form and is considered by the jury to be a meaningful future designer."


    Alexander McQueen's spring 2010 Armadillo heels. Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/Getty Images We find the clip shocking but also oddly moving. The shoes are obviously not practical, but as art they're intriguing. We can't help but be reminded of Lady Gaga trying to steady herself in the now-famous Alexander McQueen "Armadillo" heels in her "Bad Romance" music video. Major models like Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly, and Sasha Pivovarova reportedly refused to wear the 12-inch McQueen heels out of fear, and were cut from the designer's spring 2010 fashion show. In comparison, the "Scary Beautiful" shoes make the "Armadillo" heels look like sneakers, but we had a feeling the always-outdoing-herself Lady Gaga would give them a spin one day. Sure enough, Van der Vyver confirmed our suspicions.

    "Yes, on request I did actually send them to Studio Formichetti for a Lady Gaga music video, but I could not get confirmation whether she actually used them," Van der Vyver told us. "I did not charge for her to possibly use them. I would love to sell them to a gallery."

    We're holding out for the "Scary Beautiful" shoes to appear in an upcoming Lady Gaga music video, but until then Van der Vyver is back home in Cape Town starting her own studio where she'll continue investigating fashion and beauty. We're anticipating her next creation.


    Check out a video below of a model walking verrry slowly in the "Scary Beautiful" shoes.

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    video at the link, I can't post it at the moment.
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    Horrendous. Someone has shitty taste and too much time on their hands.
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    Those are not shoes, They're the props from the original 'War of the worlds'
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    This is the shit people come up with when thet have too much time on their hands. Go do something productive to society.
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    I'm surprised we haven't see Gaga in a pair.
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    She probably got them and couldn't walk in them and gave up.
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    Oh, yeah, looks really comfortable.
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    [YOUTUBE]2j6EfYa8zcI[/YOUTUBE]
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    "Walk a mile in my shoes....."............ slowly. I can see Gaga in these.
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    ugly shoes for the really, really stupid... and loaded of course!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart_leigh View Post
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    What a charming, sexy and ergonomically perfect gait!
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    If you fall, those shoes will snap your fibula and tibia like they were dried twigs.

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    Try running from a mugger in those.
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    They were clever enough to edit out how she managed to put her foot in the second shoe: I bet it took a village to support her while doing that.
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    Thanks for posting the video heart leigh! I couldn't watch it on my laptop, but now that I have it reminds me of something out of The Centipede.


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    The Scary Beautiful Front-Heels from artist type Leanie van der Vyver and shoe designer René van den Berg.
    Finally, someone has invented ankle-breaking, herniated disc-giving stilt heels that'll make you look like a zombie T-rex taking a dump. Every trick and tramp stumbles into the room in 9" inch platform heels nowadays, so if you really want to reach the high levels of glamour you have to wear step ladder shoes that instantly transform you into a Silent Hill nurse with a serious case of turtle butt. If your doctor doesn't say to you, "Um, you dumb bitch, your spine just split in two and it's all your stupid shoes' fault," then your shoes aren't high enough! Leanie and RUH-NAY know this, which is why they created these nightmares on heels:
    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.
    Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard.
    Okay, so they're like some art piece and are a commentary on ridiculous fashion shit, but Shauna Sand is still going to have these made in lucite and she's still going to wear them everywhere and she's not going to look like her bathroom is out of toilet paper and she's squat walking to the kitchen to get a paper towel.
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