'scary beautiful' by leanie van der vyver + rené van den berg
cape town-based designer leanie van der vyver has conceived and collaborated with dutch designer and shoe fabricator rené van den berg
to execute 'scary beautiful', a pair of shoes for women which reverses the expected location of the heels and insole. the user must
pointe their foot to insert into the shoe's modified vamp which is inclined forward and tapers down to the toebox. the foot rests upon
a platformed toebox and is stabilized within the glove-like shoe with a brace which wraps the ankle and is secured with buckles.
spreading up the front of the shin, an angled heel projects from a tract of suede to support the individual. these 'high-toed' pumps
instead position the leather sole to cover the arch of the foot.
'humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. beauty is currently at an all time climax,
allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection. scary beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting
an unexpected new beauty standard.' -leanie van der vyver
shoes place the high heel in front of the user
(left) standing upright, with knees remaining slightly bent
(right) sitting cross-legged
video demonstrates a woman walking with the shoes on