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Crazy shoe trends

Updated on May 27, 2012

Some of the most weird yet innovative shoes

Shoes are more than foot-protecting accessories, they're a form of self-expression. Footwear trends tend to change very fast, and every year we have a new obsession with finding that perfect pair.

Women and shoes go together like peanut butter and jelly. But does that apply to these shoes as well?

I am Shivani, a student of Footwear Design, and this is a lens about some innovative, weird, bizarre, and crazy shoes that I've come across on the internet. They are definitely very creative and interesting but would I like to try them on? Wellll........ I'm not so sure about that!

Seriously Strange Footwear, From Hoofed shoes to Rusted heels

Over the years, shoes have become the ultimate statement-maker, with designers and innovators creating some seriously strange footwear. While we want our clothing to be versatile and understated, our shoes are definitely where we like to have fun!

From the recent crop of super sky-high heels seen at the runways to weird shoe designs crafted of paper and wire, check out this cluster of strange footwear. Trust me, you'll be more grateful of your basic ballet flats after seeing these!

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"When women ask me about heels, I say, try a pair on. If you don't see the magic, stick to Reeboks"

- Manolo Blahnik

Animalistic hoof shoes

Needless to say, these zip-up, apparently real, hoof shoes caught my attention. I don’t know where they came from, but they sure are crazy!

Torturous toe heels

The strappy black shoes on display have a minimum vertical height of 8 inches. So the woman who’s brave enough to climb into these killer pieces of footwear would have to place her entire weight on the balls of her toes—without the comfort and support of real heels.

High heeled sneakers

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Modern Wizard of Oz shoes

New York Fashion Week paid tribute to the classic story, The Wizard of Oz by assembling a collection of red shoes. The red shoe collection is being recreated at the Hong Kong shoe store On Pedder. 17 international designers participated in what is called The Kansas Project, working with the Warner Brothers producers of the original film.

Writhing Wraparound shoes - The 'Mojito' Shoe by Julian Hakes Has No Foot Plate

Why are there foot plates on shoes? As Julian Hakes’ wraparound shoes—or the ‘Mojito’—suggest, there’s really no need for them.

The wraparound shoes were the product of what the designer discovered when observing footprints in sand. He saw that the force of movement was primarily through the ball and heel, meaning that the foot plate on shoes is essentially irrelevant. He created these interesting wraparound shoes made of carbon fibre (with rubber for soles and leather on the sides) that wrap and writhe around the foot, supporting the heel and the ball while the foot acts as a bridge between the two.

While they certainly don’t look like your average shoe, they’re interesting to look at—stylish even. I wonder if we’ll be seeing these wraparound shoes on the catwalks next season?

Sculptural steel shoes - Chau Har Lee Creates Architectural Laser Cut Footwear

I don't know if steel shoes are something you want to go for a long walk in, but this shoe design by Chau Har Lee might make you want to.

The laser-cut acrylic and steel shoe designs by Chau Har Lee are a crazy sculptural design that don't look incredibly wearable, but the fact that wood, acrylic and steel are used so prominently make this a cool design worth looking at (and wearing if you're brave).

Tarantula Stilettos

Ready to face your fears?

Peculiar Playground Shoes

The Kobi Levi Slide shoe is one of many new releases from the imaginative artist. Kobi Levi creates fabulously fantastical footwear that looks more like art than apparel, and though they may not strike everyone's fancy, these shoes will definitely draw everyone's attention.

Other awesome Kobi Levi creations include Blond Ambition, inspired by the pop queen herself, Madonna.

To see more Kobi Levi footwear, click the link below:

Lipstick heels

Alberto Guardiani Blends Women's Formalwear Essentials

How can you make an outfit stand out with just shoes alone? Try using Alberto Guardiani's $400 high heels. Makeup and high heels are two essentials when it comes to women's formalwear, and these pumps blend the two. The traditional stiletto heel is replaced by a stick of red lipstick, which allows the wearer to make a statement without saying a word.

Rusted Shoes - Designed for both ladies and men, the female version of the shoe looks like any other black high-heeled pump with chains hanging down the sole as

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Frontless Shoes with Killer heels - There is something missing with the experimental shoe designs by Annejet Kosters… the entire front! Her airy designs are sur

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Ice Cream Cone Pumps, and other designs by Oyee Design Heels - Oyee Design heels take inspiration from everyday life, incorporating those inspirations into fun

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I'd like to know..

Do you like these heels by Oyee Design Heels?

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Floral Shoes- or are they vases? - The Scherer Gonzalez label is creating some buzz on the runways; 'buzz' that could actually tempt the bees! The bright lime g

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Prettry.. or just weird?

Would you try out these floral shoes?

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Origami Shoes

By Designer Marloes ten Bhomer

Just when you thought that shoe designs couldn’t get more abstract...

Dutch designer Marloes ten Bhömer recently launched these futuristic looking shoes, which she called Couture Shoes, each resembling origami.

“Critically acclaimed designer Marloes ten Bhömer produces shoes that are both provocative and otherworldly. Her work fuses artistic and technological experiment in order to discover shoes anew,” the designer’s official site says.

She uses unique parts and techniques such as leather-mâché and using vegetable tanned leather and carbon fibre.

Origami Shoes

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Thinking long term..

Do you think these shoes could work in the future?

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Do you like any of these shoes? Would you try them out? Will they ever be in fashion? Let me know what you think.. or you can just say hi and tell me if you liked my lens :) Thanks for reading!

I really want your opinion.. so please leave your comments :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      some are wearable especially the floral shoes.. love it1 :-)

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      AskPat 5 years ago

      Quite interesting. I think these are great shoes for the runway.

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      love love love those designs!

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      nekoneko 5 years ago

      thanks for visiting my cute shoe quotes lens..appreciate it a lot!!

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      Shivani09 LM 6 years ago

      @canoz: Thanks so much!

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      Heather Bradford 6 years ago from Canada

      An awesome and fun lens! What an interesting selection!!

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Totally cool shoes for women. Love the lipstick heels and the spider shoes.

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      Shivani09 LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much :D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your writing style is simple yet attractive..just how I like my shoes :)..keep walking :)