fecal matter makes its skin heels a reality just in time for halloween

fecal matter makes its skin heels a reality just in time for halloween

after a digitally altered pair of ‘skin heels‘ captured the attention of vogue for their flesh-like appearance and unsettling form, canadian fashion brand fecal matter has gone and actually made them. the shoe in question is a pair of flats, fashioned into an en pointe form and ‘supported’ by a steep scythe heel made to look like a bodily growth of some sort.

fashion duo fecal matter makes its thigh-high skin heels a reality

images via instagram/@matieresfecales



the foot-like shoes are the brainchild of montreal-based duo, hannah rose dalton and her partner, steven raj bhaskaran. they are the couple behind fecal matter (also known by their french handle @matieresfecales), an instagram account they started back in 2016 with the intention of challenging the norms and encouraging critical thinking. they have since become known for their freakish, alien-like visuals that conjure up images of cyber punk films from the 90s like the matrix of the fifth element.

fashion duo fecal matter makes its thigh-high skin heels a reality



made from prosthetics and originally photoshopped to perfection before being archived on the brand’s feed, these otherworldly shoes have since become a reality. tailor-made from silicon and shaped to perfectly fit the wearer’s legs, fecal matter has developed a pair to match not only the hue of the skin, but also any dents or moles. even the arch of the foot and the hair of each leg is studied to achieve the most realistic look.

fashion duo fecal matter makes its thigh-high skin heels a reality



the shoes, which start at a price of $10,000 a pair, have been designed in line with the brand’s idea of what people will look like as a result of body modification, social media influences and the advancement of technology. ‘we can get this alien look and present it and tweak it with photoshop and make it look really realistic,‘ bhaskaran tells vogue. ‘but at the same time, there is always this dysphoria in us. there is this urge inside of us to take what we do on the internet and try to create that via real life. that is what we are doing with the shoes.

fashion duo fecal matter makes its thigh-high skin heels a reality



but the pair aren’t the only ones to delve into this sphere. to create the boots they worked with artist sarah sitkin, who specializes in creating replicas of bodies and body parts. her latest project, ‘bodysuits,’ shows lifelike, wearable silicon body tunics depicting sags, rolls, abs, and genitals. and then back in august, makeup artist to the kardashians, simon huck, showed the exhibition ‘a. human,’ which similarly included biological heels that stem from the leg, flesh-like body corsets spawning roots, and horn-shaped shoulder growths, all of which questioned exactly how far body modification will go…

fashion duo fecal matter makes its thigh-high skin heels a reality

  • I love high heels on women. However these are just plain disturbing. If they are making a statement so be it but at $10k a pair I would be shocked to see any purchases for any reason. Impractical is bearable if its attractive even if expensive. Remember Thierry Mugler’s robot suit from around 1995, shown with his couture collection? He only made one but quite a few people were interested, even obsessed over it, because as offbeat and ridiculous as it was the concept and execution resulted in something iconically sexy. Its in a museum today.
    This thing will end up somewhere else perhaps fitting of the name of its designers.

    John Lucier says:
  • “Sexy” is an opinion so someone out there probably finds these heels “sexy” unlike you. The entire credibility of your article goes out the window the second you start talking about how much women’s discomfort is worth it to achieve something “sexy”. Leave your personal, sexist, objectifying opinion out it. It’s art. Some people want to wear it to make a statement. Some people may go this far in body modifications. It’s something stimulating to think about. How uncomfortable are people in their own skin? That’s what your article should be, thought provoking not a representation of how sexism saturates our society. In a society where I’m still fighting for my own reproductive rights I would really appreciate it if I didn’t have to read an article then at the very end be told my discomfort in heels is worth it so some man can objectify and drool over me.

    Ashley says:
  • These are not making the wearer more attractive in any way. I realize they are way higher than haute couture, or maybe way lower, but seem like sad deformities at the ends of her legs. Something that should be amputated and replaced with a serviceable prosthetic…

    Margaret. Johnson says:
  • My motto is “just because you CAN do something doesn’t necessarily mean you SHOULD. That mantra certainly applies here. The looks in the passers by eyes and faces is testament to that. If this is “high fashion” then perhaps the people,that determine what high fashion is finally need to be replaced. A disturbing appearance like this borders on what I (as a creative myself) would term “WTF Fashion” only acceptable at perhaps Burning Man or something where it’s vogue to push the boundaries of the senses. Anyone finding footwear like this the least bit “sexy” is probably also intrigued by the suspension scenes in the movie “The Cell.” And if you have the cash laying around to purchase footwear that makes you feel sorry and shocked at the same time for the wearer, I could use a waycom Cintq so I can create art people,would actually like to view. How about helping me with that instead?

    Michael says:

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