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Lady Gaga to Wear the World's Scariest Shoe? (PHOTOS)



For decades, women have subjected themselves to unbearable pain, the objection of physics, and massive constraints on the human body all in the name of fashion. How many times have you worn those pair of pinchy (yet fabulous) heels for a night out just to be crying on the inside the whole time? Fashion constantly strives for standout designs by any means even if it requires defying realistic comfort.

South African artist Leanie van der Vyver, who has worked in the fashion industry for seven years, noticed the unreal standards of style. In a response to fashion's obsession with bold statement designs, she created the most outrageous shoe yet called "Scary Beautiful."

A scary shoe indeed. These dangerous bad boys have not one but two massive heels - one in the front and another in the back. The foot enters the shoe pointed downwards as if it were a ballerina slipper and the front heel "supports" the foot by guarding the shins. Once on, the wearer sports a distorted image as the shoe looks backwards.

"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. "My frustration with my own inability to overcome these feelings of inadequacy was what brought 'Scary Beautiful' into fruition. [...] people are not satisfied with what they look like, and that perfection, according to the beauty and fashion standards, has reached a climax. [...] Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard."

The shoes are a collaboration between van der Vyer and Dutch Shoe designer Rene van den Berg. The shoes serve as an example of today's impossible standards of style and beauty.

If you are wondering how one could actually walk in something like this, check out the video below:

The shoe does a great job at showing how beauty standards can force us out of our comfort and nature to fulfill unrealistic ideals. The model adapts to a new way of walking and tries to remain graceful at the same time.

"Scary Beautiful" may remind you of another crazy shoe: Alexander McQueen's 2010 "Armadillo" heel. Avant garde diva Lady Gaga famously wore the shoes in her "Bad Romance" music video, kick-starting the trend of wild and outrageous footwear.

Screen grab of Lady Gaga's
Screen grab of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" music video.

Naturally, Gaga is interested in "Scary Beautiful." The designer recently sent the shoes to Studio Formichetti for an upcoming Lady Gaga music video, but there's no confirmation on whether the mother monster actually used them. It's unlikely for the wild entertainer to turn down these creepy looking shoes.

Nevertheless, van der Vyer's goal isn't to have a pop star wear her shoes; she would rather sell them to a gallery.

Check out more of "Scary Beautiful" on van der Vyer's site,


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Oct 10, 2012 11:13 AM EDT