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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
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Mar 13, 2012 9:36PM
Mar 13, 2012 9:35PM
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And I repeat - whether you're into leather or not; whether or not you're an animal rights activist.  NO ONE should wear these shoes. Not even cartoon characters would be caught dead in these shoes.  They have taken ugly to a whole new level.
Mar 13, 2012 9:33PM
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Lets see, If I read right the designer lives in Germany,so the hooves probably came from a slaughterhouse,as in horses being slaughtered for human food.
Also the hide is processed into leather for shoes and such. I don't eat meat but I do wear leather shoes. Agreed that footwear is  FUGLY , and anyone who would wear it has a screw loose
Mar 13, 2012 9:33PM
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I know a few girls that these would look quite natural on........
Mar 13, 2012 9:25PM
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This has got to be a joke!    It will go the way of the Nehru shirt and the leisure suit.
Mar 13, 2012 9:24PM
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IF GOD DIDN'T WANT US TO EAT THE ANIMALS...HE WOULDN'T HAVE MADE THEM SO DELICIOUS!
Mar 13, 2012 9:23PM
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Listen we all wear shoes/boots, jackets, belts and pants made from animal skins.
But we don't wear the actual horses hooves and fetlocks for shoes. Why would we?
Those "things" are ugly on a human. These animals helped build this country-well their ancestors did and we should remember this and show some respect! 
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