Awkward, terrifying, treacherously tall and slightly masochistic are not typically words used to describe footwear. However, from showrooms to runways the industry has seen a trend of museum and editorial-worthy heels. From the use of materials like moss agate, tigers eye, porcelain, and turquoise to the reinterpretation of “heels” altogether with an inverted shin crutch to replace the heel to an eight-inch ballerina pointe shoe. Practical? No. Weird? A bit. Beautiful? Absolutely.
Leanie van der Vyver has gained attention on what she coins “Scary Beautiful” shoes. With a concept of “playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves” she shows her interpretation of a shoe fit for the perfect human being. The shoe forces the wearer to take on a whole new approach to the concept of walking altogether, with no actual heel, rather a ballet pointe shoe with a front crutch for your shins to rest upon creating a bird-like walk.