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The 18 Most Horrifying Pairs Of Shoes Ever Made

You won’t make it through this post without wincing.

1. Chopines

Worn by upper-class Venetian women starting in the 15th century.

2. The “Mojito” Shoe

Developed by London-based architect Julian Hakes.

3. MyShell256 Modular Shoes

Created by designer Sharon Golan, these convertible shoes comprise four parts held together by silicon bands.

These pieces can be assembled into 256 different “pairs” of shoes.

4. Heavy Metal Shoes

By Bryan Oknyansky.

5. Alexander McQueen’s “Armadillo” Heels

From his famous spring 2010 show — the last before the designer committed suicide. Some models refused to walk the show because the heels were so scary.

6. And these, from the same spring 2010 show.

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7. Also by McQueen — available now!

For the bargain basement price of $2,877, on sale from $6,395. Available at Neiman Marcus.

8. Ballet Pointe Heels

Originally a type of fetish footwear popular with BDSM.

Beyonce wore them in her “Green Light” music video.

In 2011 Christian Louboutin designed a pair to be auctioned off for benefit of the English National Ballet.

9. Acne “Gemini” Shoes

10. Japanese Oiran Shoes

Like the geisha, the oiran was a Japanese prostitute of sorts circa 1600 to the late 1800s.

11. Iris Schieferstein’s Taxidermy Shoes

This pair is entitled “Angel’s Heaven.”

12. The “Melonia” Shoe

This shoe is a collaboration between industrial designer Souzan Youssouf and fashion designer Naim Josefi.

13. Kabkabs

Worn by wealthy women in the early 1900s during the Ottoman Empire to protect their feet from heated bathhouse floors.

14. Shoeless Heels

16. Ultra High Pitch Shoes

17. “Stripper” Heels

Props to the working women that not only successfully stand upright in these but manage to pull off impressive pole-dancing moves while doing so.

18. Every shoe Daphne Guinness has ever worn.

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Needless to say, she favors McQueen.

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