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Would You Wear Shoes Made From Dead Animals?

Artist collects animal carcasses to create shoes

By Kim Anne Mar 12, 2012 9:25PM
From mile-high stilettos to heels covered in diamonds, designers are always going to extremes to make a more chic-looking shoe. 

But German artist Iris Schieferstein is using a much different approach when crafting hers: dead animals. 

According to The Virtual Shoe Museum, the artist has been using raw material (aka. the aforementioned dead animals) in her art pieces for years.  

Not shockingly, the shoes have garnered the attention of celebs including Lady Gaga and, according to the Daily Mail, can cost close to $6,000. Daily Mail claims the process of creating the shoes includes “stripping out any remaining meat and bones from the animal's feet and the skin is sent to a tanner to be treated for preservation” before she crafts them into stilettos. One of her more controversial pieces is a pair of sandals made with stuffed doves.

“She joins the fragments together to new creatures and thus gives a new face to death," says the Virtual Shoe Museum, which houses information on her and other designer’s collections. “No matter, if her arrangements follow paintings of the great masters of art or if the joined objects turn out to be whole words - her work always gives evidence of aesthetic intuition and her inclination to subtle entertainment. The earlier you die - the longer you are dead.”

We’re all for limited edition, totally unique fashion, but the art of combining taxidermy and couture seems a little off the rocker.

Tell us on Facebook—would you wear shoes made of dead animals?

Photo courtesy Iris Schieferstein
215Comments
Oct 26, 2012 5:10PM
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The Germans... Taking Furry Cosplay that one step too far, just like they do with everything else...
Oct 26, 2012 4:42PM
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I'd like to see the designer wear these stilettos on her feet for a12 hour shift interacting with the public. Bet she wouldn't last 2 without wanting to take her shoes off. Imminently impractical and ugly-reminds me of a stage costume from Chronicles of Narnia.

Apr 17, 2012 7:25AM
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Every times someone wears a leather shoe it is no different than this.  I prefer not to wear dead animals of any kind.
Mar 23, 2012 5:48AM
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I think a lot of furries would buy that type of clothing, lol. No, I am not one, what's next? Shower hats made from sheep bladders? I guess anything could be called fashionable.
Mar 23, 2012 3:47AM
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I want a pair of work boots made out of clydesdales if possible Thumbs up
Mar 23, 2012 2:27AM
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There are enough horses here that I'm sure a couple hundred die a year of natural causes. A little weird buying the feet off of a dead animal. I think the only reason to wear them would be to a PETA convention-The same group that calls on China to treat Rats better. Good PETA, Rats eat thousands of tons of grain in India a year so I'm sure the poor people in China need more rats.
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That's just messed up, and I'm not sorry to say it.
Mar 23, 2012 1:34AM
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do they come in a men's size 12? I think there really cool
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