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    Updated on Jan 15, 2019. Posted on May 1, 2013

    The 18 Most Horrifying Pairs Of Shoes Ever Made

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

    1. Chopines

    Via metmuseum.org

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

    2. The "Mojito" Shoe

    Via cloggs.co.uk

    Developed by London-based architect Julian Hakes.

    3. MyShell256 Modular Shoes

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

    Via facebook.com

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

    4. Heavy Metal Shoes

    5. Alexander McQueen's "Armadillo" Heels

    Via iamyourmannequin.tumblr.com

    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!

    Via neimanmarcus.com

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

    8. Ballet Pointe Heels

    Via turnedin.blogspot.com

    Originally a type of fetish footwear popular with BDSM.

    Via necolebitchie.com

    Beyonce wore them in her "Green Light" music video.

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    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

    Via trocadero.com

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

    11. Iris Schieferstein's Taxidermy Shoes

    Via virtualshoemuseum.com

    This pair is entitled "Angel's Heaven."

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    This one is called "Cow Girl."

    12. The "Melonia" Shoe

    Via saniaclaus.chic.se

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

    13. Kabkabs

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

    14. Shoeless Heels

    Via ufunk.net

    15. Reverse Heels

    16. Ultra High Pitch Shoes

    17. "Stripper" Heels

    Via inmyshoes-erin.blogspot.com

    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.