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99 Examples of Imaginative Couture Footwear

From Leafy Golden Booties to Spinal Stilettos

— January 25, 2011 — Unique
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, names such as Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin and Camilla Skovgaard should always ring a bell whenever couture footwear happens to jump in your mind. These designers have established such a loyal following internationally with their unique approach to heels.

With such intricate detailing and insane designs, couture footwear has skyrocketed in market for all those diehard fashion goers. Be it a death-defying stiletto or a sea creature shoe, these collections bring shoes from their mundane boxes to real-life art.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
97
Sizzling Skinned Pumps
Sizzling Skinned Pumps
These Camilla Skovgaard Python Ankle Boots are Slitheringly Sassy
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96
Chained High Tops
Chained High Tops
The Alexander McQueen Chain Link is Cool and Classy
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95
Patchworked Kicks
Patchworked Kicks
Calamity Patchwork Print Sneaks are Latest in Alexander McQueen Shoes
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94
Anatomical Bowties
Anatomical Bowties
The Skull Polka Dot Bowtie is an Edgy Neckcessory
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93
Lingerie-Inspired Fashion
Lingerie-Inspired Fashion
Black Lace Gets the Spotlight for Fall 2009 Designer Collections
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92
Stylish Courtroom Illustrations
Stylish Courtroom Illustrations
Lindsay Lohan Fashion Courtroom Sketches by Mona Shafer Edwards
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91
Money Grubbing Shoes
Money Grubbing Shoes
These Alexander McQueen Coin Print Sneakers Go Cha-Ching
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90
Lavender Lace Sneakers
Lavender Lace Sneakers
Married to the MOB x Lacoste's Christian Louboutin-Inspired Kicks
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89
Leafy Golden Booties
Leafy Golden Booties
These Alexander McQueen Platform Boots are Sensational Works of Art
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88
Girlie Graffitti Art Kicks
Girlie Graffitti Art Kicks
The Limited Edition Ecstacy Hi Fafi Shoes Make Adidas That Much Cooler
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87
Gossip Girl-Inspired Heels
Gossip Girl-Inspired Heels
Look Serena Fabulous with Christian Louboutin ‘The Blake' S
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86
Sneak Peek Designer Sneakers
Sneak Peek Designer Sneakers
The Shiny Swizz Beatz Christian Louboutin Shoes
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85
Paint Splattered Footwear
Paint Splattered Footwear
Color-Splashed Brown Blucher Shoes by Alexander McQueen
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84
Charitable Designer Pumps
Charitable Designer Pumps
The Christian Louboutin 'Peace of Shoe' Profits Will Benefit Grameen
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83
Ruffled Sky-High Pumps
Ruffled Sky-High Pumps
Louboutin's 'Misfit Sandal' is Red Haute
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82
Tasseled Heels
Tasseled Heels
Camilla Skovgaard Adds Shake to Booties
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81
Haute Footwear
Haute Footwear
A Banquet of Boots for All Flavors Priced $500 or More
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80
Patterned Shoe Soles
Patterned Shoe Soles
Emilio Pucci Booties
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79
Biker Bootie Mimicry
Biker Bootie Mimicry
Alexander McQueen 'Faithful' Bootie Copied by Steve Madden
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78
Open-Toe Booties
Open-Toe Booties
Transitional Season Shoes
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77
Redesigning Famous Shoes
Redesigning Famous Shoes
The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slipper Collection
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76
Sugary Stilettos
Sugary Stilettos
The Christian Louboutin Candy Pumps are Seriously Sassy
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75
Studded Slip-Ons
Studded Slip-Ons
The Christian Louboutin Pik Boat Men's Flats are Some Edgy Kicks
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74
Heavy Tread Heels
Heavy Tread Heels
Camila Skogaard Winterizes Booties for the Holiday Season
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73
Thrilling Shoe Signings
Thrilling Shoe Signings
Christian Louboutin to Autograph Soles at Bergdorf Goodman
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72
Geometric Bumblebee Pumps
Geometric Bumblebee Pumps
The Alexander McQueen Pumps are Stripe-Happy Gorgeous
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71
Bumblebee Footwear
Bumblebee Footwear
Alexander McQueen & Dr. Martens Create a Yellow-and-Black Stripe Frenzy
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70
Frisky Feline Kicks
Frisky Feline Kicks
These Christian Louboutin Louis Leopard Stud Sneakers are Wildly Fierce
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69
Jewel-Studded Sneakers
Jewel-Studded Sneakers
These Christian Louboutin Crystal Sneakers Take Couture to the Streets
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68
Skeletal Fashion
Skeletal Fashion
Bony Accessories Show It's Hot to Wear Your Insides On the Outside
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67
Ruffly High Heels
Ruffly High Heels
Christian Louboutin's Spring '09 RTW Shoes Are Like Wearable Sculptures
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66
Blue Suede Shoes
Blue Suede Shoes
Fall's Hottest Footwear, Courtesy of Elvis Presley
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65
Stiletto and Booze Kits
Stiletto and Booze Kits
'Le Rituel' Box Set is Every Girl's Dream
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64
Race Track Stilettos
Race Track Stilettos
The Christian Louboutin Bikki Pumps are Show-Stopping Goodness
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63
Spiked Slingback Stilettos
Spiked Slingback Stilettos
The Christian Louboutin 'Lady Clou' Pump is Stylishly Badass
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62
Virtual Shoe Museum
Virtual Shoe Museum
Lisa Snook's Beautiful, Bizarre Footwear
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61
Human Hair Footwear
Human Hair Footwear
Brush Your Feet with Camilla Skovgaard Shoes
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60
Haute Couture Sneakers
Haute Couture Sneakers
Gola by Christian Lacroix
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59
Tassel-Tastic Heels
Tassel-Tastic Heels
Strappy Satin Rope Sandals by Alexander McQueen
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58
Skulltastic Peep-Toes
Skulltastic Peep-Toes
The Alexander McQueen ‘Faithful' Pumps are Badass Fabulous and
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57
Studded Jazz Shoes
Studded Jazz Shoes
The Christian Louboutin Freddie Flats are Fierce
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56
Serrated Saw Platforms
Serrated Saw Platforms
The Camilla Skovgaard Spring/Summer 2010 Shoe Collection
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55
Spiked Footwear
Spiked Footwear
These Christian Louboutin Rollerboy Shoes Makes You Look Like a Stud
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54
Luxury Leopard Shoes
Luxury Leopard Shoes
The Christian Louboutin Leopard Sneakers are Jungle Chic
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53
Bedecked Jacket Booties
Bedecked Jacket Booties
The Alexander McQueen Studded Faithful Boots are Badass Rocker Chic
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52
Fierce Leopard Heels
Fierce Leopard Heels
Prowl Through the Streets With the Christian Louboutin 'Big Lips' Booties
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51
Knock-Off Tributes
Knock-Off Tributes
The LF McQueen 'Tribute' Armadillo Shoe Reminisces the Late Designer
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50
Designer Sports Heels
Designer Sports Heels
Puma and Alexander McQueen SS2010 Collection
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49
Printed Satin Booties
Printed Satin Booties
The Christian Siriano Spring 2010 Shoes for Payless
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48
Ribcage-Inspired Sneakers
Ribcage-Inspired Sneakers
Alexander McQueen Puma Trainers Channel Anatomy
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47
Eiffel Tower Inspired Designs
Eiffel Tower Inspired Designs
Weird and Wonderful Innovations Resembling the Parisian Landmark
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46
Custom Couture Footwear
Custom Couture Footwear
Celebrity Cobbler Terry de Havilland's Bespoke Shoes
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45
Razor-Edged Heels
Razor-Edged Heels
Camilla Skovgaard 2011 Collection Shows Striking Designs for Spring
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44
Studded Loafers
Studded Loafers
Christian Louboutin Rollerball Loafers Add a Goth Edge to Casual Attire
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43
Toe-Dividing Stilettos
Toe-Dividing Stilettos
Alexander McQueen's Separated Toe-lettos for Freaky Feet
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42
Skeletal Luxury Kicks
Skeletal Luxury Kicks
These Alexander McQueen High Top Sneakers Help to Keep the Legacy Alive
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41
Designer Collaboration
Designer Collaboration
Alexander McQueen and Puma's 2007 Collection.
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40
Tasseled High Heels
Tasseled High Heels
These Camilla Skovgaard Fall 2010 Shoes Will Have You Drooling
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39
Faux Probationary Shoes
Faux Probationary Shoes
Rodarte Pumps, Ankle Bracelets Not Issued by LAPD
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38
Personalized Printed Pumps
Personalized Printed Pumps
DreamHeels.com Lets You Design Your Shoe & Earn Money
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37
Frilly Frivolous Shoes
Frilly Frivolous Shoes
Christian Louboutin Releases Drool-Worthy Dilliard Shoes
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36
Studded Designer Sneakers
Studded Designer Sneakers
Men's Spring/Summer 2010 Christian Louboutin Shoe is Unveiled
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35
Fierce Animal Print Heels
Fierce Animal Print Heels
Christian Louboutin Leopard Lace Booties are Ferociously Wild
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34
Gothic Ballerinas
Gothic Ballerinas
A Luxirare Post Called 'Mute' Shows Off Some Killer Louboutin Heels
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33
Sparkly Flaming Pumps
Sparkly Flaming Pumps
Christian Louboutin Maralena Flame Sandal Voted the Hottest Shoes
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32
Patriotic Footwear
Patriotic Footwear
Alexander McQueen Union Jack Ankle Boots
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31
Zebra-Striped Footwear
Zebra-Striped Footwear
The Christian Louboutin Fall 2010 Collection is Wild
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30
Haute Shoe Collaborations
Haute Shoe Collaborations
Louboutin for Marchesa is Red Hot Couture
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29
Humdrum Color Blocked Heels
Humdrum Color Blocked Heels
The Christian Louboutin Spring/Summer 2010 Collection
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28
Twisted Coil Booties
Twisted Coil Booties
Iris Van Herpen and United Nude Create a Pair of Hoof-Like Heels
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27
Fringed Heels
Fringed Heels
Christian Louboutin's Suede Fringe Pumps for Couture Cowgirls
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26
Devilishly High Slits
Devilishly High Slits
The Ponytail Magazine SS 2010 Edition Will Have You Screaming for More
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25
Spiked Glamazon Pumps
Spiked Glamazon Pumps
Fierce Fashion in the Form of the 'Spikette' by Ruthie Davis
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24
Futuristic Warrior Fashion
Futuristic Warrior Fashion
Blackbook's Fashion Gallery
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23
Otherworldly Shoes
Otherworldly Shoes
The Anastasia Radevich A/W 09-10 Line Dubbed 'Biofuture'
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22
Etched Designer Kicks
Etched Designer Kicks
The Intricately Designed Alexander McQueen Engraved Leather Boots
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21
Beautiful Bulbous Heels
Beautiful Bulbous Heels
Zuzana Serbak Mixes Traditional and Innovative Materials
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20
Strappy Shoe Boots
Strappy Shoe Boots
Christian Louboutin Blue Suede Strappy Heels
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19
Medieval Booties
Medieval Booties
The Dark Ages Inspires the Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 Footwear Collection
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18
Studded Pumps
Studded Pumps
The Christian Louboutin Resort 2011 Collection is a Stunning Spring Line
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17
Red Soled Shoes
Red Soled Shoes
Christian Louboutin Signature Look
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16
Sky-High Scarlet Heels
Sky-High Scarlet Heels
Christian Louboutin & 3.1 Phillip Lim Love Red for Spring 2010
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15
Extraterrestial Platforms
Extraterrestial Platforms
Alexander McQueen Alien Heels are Out of This World
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14
Alien Shoe Editorials
Alien Shoe Editorials
Alexander McQueen Shoes in 'Attach the Prophets' in Vogue Nippon
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13
Retro Color Block Booties
Retro Color Block Booties
The Christian Louboutin Spring 2011 Shoe Collection
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12
DIY Bunion Cures
DIY Bunion Cures
Victoria Beckham Cures Her Ravaged Feet After Years of Heels
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11
See-Through Stilettos
See-Through Stilettos
Christian Louboutin & Marchesa Come Together for Spring 2010
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10
Killer Heels Part II
Killer Heels Part II
Ballet Toe Boots
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9
Colorful Craptastic Stilettos
Colorful Craptastic Stilettos
The INSA Elephant Dung Heels Smell Like Crazy Creativity
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8
Killer Heels
Killer Heels
Cruel Designer Shoes
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7
Spinal Stilettos
Spinal Stilettos
Skeletal Dsquared2 Fall 2010 Shoes Are Anatomazing
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6
Angry Footwear
Angry Footwear
Cruel Designer Shoes
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5
Extreme Ballerina Heels 2
Extreme Ballerina Heels 2
Christian Louboutin Fetish Shoes
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4
Fluttering Spring Shoes
Fluttering Spring Shoes
The Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 Shoes Continue the Legacy
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3
Bedazzled Rainbow Heels
Bedazzled Rainbow Heels
The Christian Louboutin Fall 2010 Shoe Collection
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2
Death-Defying Stilettos
Death-Defying Stilettos
The Noritaka Tatehana Collection is Reaching New Shoe Heights
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1
Sea Creature Shoes
Sea Creature Shoes
The Remarkable Alexander McQueen Spring 2010 Footwear Collection
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