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.
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.
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.
In 2011 Christian Louboutin designed a pair to be auctioned off for benefit of the English National Ballet.
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.
Worn by wealthy women in the early 1900s during the Ottoman Empire to protect their feet from heated bathhouse floors.
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.
Needless to say, she favors McQueen.
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