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Biopiracy Wedges Are Like Exaggerated Sandals That Encompass the Calf

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: Mar 10, 2014 • References: irisvanherpen and dezeen
If you were to only set eyes on the images of the Biopiracy Wedges without any context, you might find yourself struggling to understand how these curious objects could possibly be shoes. The white backgrounds in such images do not suggest scale and nor do they insinuate how they would be worn. It may not be until you observe the runway models that you'll begin to understand how they work.

These eccentric slippers are the result of a collaboration between Iris van Herpen and United Nude. They're based on cantilevered wedge-style foundations that leave the heel hovering without obvious support. Most intriguingly, however, is the great amount of material that creates a sizeable crescent shape from the toe to the knee. The taller version of the Biopiracy Wedges shields the shins and wraps dramatically around the top of the calf.