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100 Painful-Looking Pumps

From Absolutely Absurd Heels to Fringed Peep Toes

— August 23, 2011 — Unique
Gone are the days when wearing four-inch stilettos was considered hardcore, especially with shoes like these examples of painful-looking pumps on the scene. The mere mix of couture and torture seems totally fierce, yet super painful.

Many women may find themselves looking at this collection of painful-looking pumps thinking, "Is wearing these heels really worth all that pain?" Well, to the many fashionistas rocking out, these high-impact heels are certainly worthy some bloody toes and blisters. For anyone daring enough to try mixing a night out drinking and these heels, you are one brave and devoted fashion-lover!

Implications - Many women will go to extreme lengths in the name of style, however, with modern technology this exchange of pain for fashion seems somewhat pointless. Companies who create products that allow women to experience both comfort and style will make a strong impression on this developed consumer demographic.
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Buckle-Ridden Heels
Buckle-Ridden Heels
The Priscilla Platform by Chrissie Morris is All About the Hardware
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Elephant dung super platform Heels
Elephant dung super platform Heels
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98
Femme Fatale Fashion Videos
Femme Fatale Fashion Videos
The Charlotte Olympia 'To Die For' Film is Seductive and Sultry
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Celeb Recovery Shoe Lines
Celeb Recovery Shoe Lines
The Lindsay Lohan 6126 Footwear Collection is in the Works
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96
Hairy Heels
Hairy Heels
The Reed Krakoff Natural Boar Hair Sandals are Actually Made With the Wild Pig's Hair
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95
Strap-Happy Shoes
Strap-Happy Shoes
Annie Black Leather Spats Brings These Buckling Shoes to New Heights
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94
Wooden Block Wedges
Wooden Block Wedges
Fendi Sandal Platforms Adds Some Retro-Styled Height
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93
Strapped Spiraling Heels
Strapped Spiraling Heels
Twirl and Prance Around in These 'Bizarre' Satin Ankle Wrap Sandals
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92
Crystalized Holiday Heels
Crystalized Holiday Heels
The Giuseppe Zanotti 'Crystal Lovers' Limited Edition Shoes are
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Empire State Stilettos
Empire State Stilettos
The Geox Sping/Summer 2010 Line Makes Use of Iconic Buildings
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90
Oblong Wooden Heels
Oblong Wooden Heels
Horse Around in Style with the Atlanta Weller Shoe Boot Pony
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89
Racy Cutout Stilettos
Racy Cutout Stilettos
The Giuseppe Zanotti for Christopher Kane Heel is Hot Hot Hot
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88
Illuminated Designer Heels
Illuminated Designer Heels
The Chanel LED Shoes Light Up the Runway for a Dramatic Effect
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87
Fringed Peep Toes
Fringed Peep Toes
The Alexander Mcqueen Fringed Court Shoe is Stylish and Unique
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86
Coquettish Cut-Out Boots
Coquettish Cut-Out Boots
Shackle on These Miu Miu Lace-Up Heels in Their Thick Ankle Cuff Design
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$228,000 Stilettos
$228,000 Stilettos
These Christopher Michael Shellis Shoes are the Most Expensive in the World
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84
Fire Dragon Stilettos
Fire Dragon Stilettos
The Kobi Levi Contemporary Chinese Shoe is the Artist's Latest Release
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83
Dazzling Biker Boots
Dazzling Biker Boots
Shine On with these Philipp Plein Hot Swarovski Boots
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82
High-Heeled Alcoholders
High-Heeled Alcoholders
The GiftedGrape Stiletto Wine Holder is a Feminine Find
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$2,000 Sandals
$2,000 Sandals
The Rick Owens Organza Wedges Are Some Seriously Show-Stopping Shoes
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80
Opulent Etched Heels
Opulent Etched Heels
Nicholas Kirkwood Spring/Summer 2011 Line with Rodarte is Intricate & Chic
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Tasseled Heels
Tasseled Heels
Camilla Skovgaard Adds Shake to Booties
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Strap-Happy Snakeskin Stilettos
Strap-Happy Snakeskin Stilettos
Hot Above-the-Ankle Heels for Roberto Cavalli AW 2010
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77
Taxidermy Footwear
Taxidermy Footwear
Iris Schieferstein's 'Temptation' Shoes are Dead Bird Heels
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76
Extremely Flexible Heels
Extremely Flexible Heels
Raphael Young Designs High-Tech Heels for Comfort
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75
Black Porcupine Platforms
Black Porcupine Platforms
These Yves Saint-Laurent Palais Mohawk Pumps are Furry and Bushy
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74
Pop Star-Inspired Shoes
Pop Star-Inspired Shoes
Kobi Levi's Blond Ambition Heels are Perfect for Budding Singers
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Futuristic Film Heels
Futuristic Film Heels
These Disney TRON Products are Out of This World
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Bedazzled Birthday Shoes
Bedazzled Birthday Shoes
Jimmy Choo Crystal Anniversary Celebrates 15 Years in Haute Couture
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Minotaur High Heels
Minotaur High Heels
Hoof Heels from Roxanne Jackson are Monstrously Chic
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Fiercely Feminine Heels
Fiercely Feminine Heels
The Water Steiger Fall 2011 Pairs Classic Styles with Daring Heights
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Serpentine Patchwork Heels
Serpentine Patchwork Heels
The Ana Locking Spring 2011 Shoe Collection is Mismatched and Tough
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Building Block Heels
Building Block Heels
Finn Stone's Limited Edition LEG-GO Stilettos Are Colorful and Playful
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Funky Frugivorous Platforms
Funky Frugivorous Platforms
The Jeffrey Campbell Fruit Slice Heel is So Delicious You Could Eat It
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66
Banana Heels
Banana Heels
Fruit-Inspired Pumps From Sergio Zambon
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Sharp-Edged Shoes
Sharp-Edged Shoes
Crystal Spike Shoe Harness by (in)Decorous Taste Dangerously Dresses Up Heels
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Fruit Punch Footwear
Fruit Punch Footwear
The 'Bananas Is My Business' Pumps are Tastefully Fruity
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Furniture-Inspired Footwear
Furniture-Inspired Footwear
Pablo Reinoso Incorporates Pieces of Furniture into His Designs
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Printed 3D Nylon Shoes
Printed 3D Nylon Shoes
The Pauline Van Dongen 'Metamorphosis' Line at The Future of Fashion
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Shoe Couture Artworks
Shoe Couture Artworks
These Katerina Voloder Illustrations Show her Obsession for Luxury Heels
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Punchy Glitter Pumps
Punchy Glitter Pumps
The Miu Miu Fall 2011 Accessories Lookbook is Dazzling With Designer Shoes
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Contemporary Colorblock Heels
Contemporary Colorblock Heels
The Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2010 Shoes
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Men's Angled Heels
Men's Angled Heels
The Jeffrey Campbell Switchblade Shoes Transform You Into an Instant Rockstar
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Avian Stilettos
Avian Stilettos
Kobi Levi Designs Chic Heels Inspired by a Variety of Birds
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Melted Heels
Melted Heels
Louis Vuitton 2011 Shoes Disintegrate its Stilettos for a Lower Cut
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Exposed Studded Heels
Exposed Studded Heels
These Chinese Laundry Exposed Platform Pumps Will Give You Some Height
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Purple Ostrich Booties
Purple Ostrich Booties
The Eugene Riconneaus Fall 2010 Shoe Collection is Outlandish
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Height-Defying Ballet Flats
Height-Defying Ballet Flats
The Christian Louboutin Fetish Heels are a Ballerina's Fashion Dreams
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Architecturally Abstract Heels
Architecturally Abstract Heels
The United Nude Abstract Wedge Makes a High-Fashion Statement
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Labyrinthine Platform Heels
Labyrinthine Platform Heels
The Raphael Young Fall 2010 Collection is Out of This World
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Twosome Towering Heels
Twosome Towering Heels
The Jeffrey Campbell 'Get Out' Pumps are Super Hot
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Leggy Shoe Lookbooks
Leggy Shoe Lookbooks
The Acrobats of God SS11 Collection is Filled With 70s-Inspired Colors
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Sassy Springtime Heels
Sassy Springtime Heels
Work it in These John Galliano Spring 2011 Shoes
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Holey Platform Heels
Holey Platform Heels
Finsk's Project No. 4 Shoes are Stunningly Sky-High and Sculptural
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Boxy Origami Shoes
Boxy Origami Shoes
Andreia Chaves' Shoe Concepts are Bold Artistic Statements
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Lipstick Heels
Lipstick Heels
Alberto Guardiani Blends Women's Formalwear Essentials
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Paperclip Heels
Paperclip Heels
These Jil Sander Sandals Take Heels to New Heights
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Pom-Pom Pumps
Pom-Pom Pumps
The Christian Louboutin Autumn 2011 Collection Gets Furtastic With Footwear
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Elephant Trunk Heels
Elephant Trunk Heels
The Christian Siriano Spring 2011 Shoes for Payless
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Edible Haute Couture Heels
Edible Haute Couture Heels
These Chocolate Louboutin Shoes by Cocoandre is Savory Sweet
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Melting Heels
Melting Heels
The Nicholas Kirkwood SS10 Shoe for Rodarte
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Fine Art Heels
Fine Art Heels
The Giuseppe Zanotti Spring/Summer Shoe Collection is Museum-Worthy
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Skeletal Football Booties
Skeletal Football Booties
The Dsquared Fall/Winter 2010 Line Merges Sports and Bones
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Soberingly Sky-High Heels
Soberingly Sky-High Heels
The Charlotte Olympia Fall/Winter 2011 Shoe Collection is Extraordinary
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Strappy Architectural Pumps
Strappy Architectural Pumps
The United Nude Spring Summer 2010 Collection
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Tripod Stilettos
Tripod Stilettos
Acne Studios Footwear Features Triple-Spiked Heels
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Fierce Spiky Heels
Fierce Spiky Heels
The Sam Edelman Lorissa Peeptoe Spiked Stud Heels are Ultra-Rock Glam
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Holey Wedged Heels
Holey Wedged Heels
Guo Pei's Sky-High Heels are Geometric Masterpieces
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Toy-Covered Footwear
Toy-Covered Footwear
'Come and Play With Me' by Naam Ben Are Dream Heels for Toy Fanatics
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Lace Corset Stilettos
Lace Corset Stilettos
Boots Reign Supreme for Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2010 Shoes
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Fibre Optic Pumps
Fibre Optic Pumps
Anastasia Radevich Lights Up Her Chic Heels
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Mohawk Heels
Mohawk Heels
Prada Puts the Punk Back in Pumps
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Cystal-Studded Pumps
Cystal-Studded Pumps
Philipp Plein Swarovski Shoes Glitter and Shine Like a True Gem
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Twisted Coil Booties
Twisted Coil Booties
Iris Van Herpen and United Nude Create a Pair of Hoof-Like Heels
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Modern Eastern-Inspired Heels
Modern Eastern-Inspired Heels
The Irregular Choice Oriento Sun Shoes Have Oriental Flair
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Spiked Glamazon Pumps
Spiked Glamazon Pumps
Fierce Fashion in the Form of the 'Spikette' by Ruthie Davis
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Sling-Back Heels
Sling-Back Heels
These Kobi Levi Slingshot Shoes are Strikingly Fierce
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Crystal-Encrusted Heels
Crystal-Encrusted Heels
The Prada Spring 2010 Ads are Ravishingly Sparkly
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Platform Heel Extensions
Platform Heel Extensions
The Sky-High Jeffrey Campbell Ferme Brown Suede Architectural Ankle Boots
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Wooden Block Heels
Wooden Block Heels
The Benoit Meleard SS11 Collection Looks Impossible to Walk In
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Architectural Wire Shoes
Architectural Wire Shoes
Check Out These Form Over Function High Heels by Tea Petrovic
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Beautiful Bulbous Heels
Beautiful Bulbous Heels
Zuzana Serbak Mixes Traditional and Innovative Materials
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Pump-Wearing Plants (UPDATE)
Pump-Wearing Plants (UPDATE)
Giddyspinster Stiletto Planters Make Interior Flora Fashionable
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Naughty Dancer Shoes
Naughty Dancer Shoes
7" Wedges Have a Sexy Carving of a Woman and a Pole
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Colorfully Feminine Footwear
Colorfully Feminine Footwear
The Angel Azorin for Novo Collection is Made for Aussie Women
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Crazy Cartooned Heels
Crazy Cartooned Heels
The 'Keith Haring' Shoe Line by Nicholas Kirkwood is Popping With Color
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Absolutely Absurd Heels
Absolutely Absurd Heels
Irregular Choice's Spring/Summer Collection Will Stun You
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Heavy Artillery Pumps
Heavy Artillery Pumps
Lauren Tennenbaum of (In)decorous Taste is Layering Harnesses
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Bold Neon Pumps
Bold Neon Pumps
The Ruthie Davis' Spring/Summer 2011 Collection Mixes Bold Colors
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Heel-Less Cyborg Shoes
Heel-Less Cyborg Shoes
The Finsk Project 2 Shoes Send You to Ridiculous Heights
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Extraterrestial Platforms
Extraterrestial Platforms
Alexander McQueen Alien Heels are Out of This World
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Glitterized Shoe Soles
Glitterized Shoe Soles
Daniele Michetti's SS10 Collection is a Girl's Best Friend
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Staggering Sheened Heels
Staggering Sheened Heels
The Charlotte Olympia Resort 2012 Collection Takes Shoes to New Heights
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Armed Animal High Heels
Armed Animal High Heels
Gun Hoofs by Iris Schieferstein Adds Danger to Oddity
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Futuristic Heel-less Heels
Futuristic Heel-less Heels
Chau Har Lee Creates Wearable Sculptures for Feet
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Studded Platform Pumps
Studded Platform Pumps
These Ruthe Davis Booties from the Fall/Winter 2010 Line are Gothic Fierce
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Colorful Craptastic Stilettos
Colorful Craptastic Stilettos
The INSA Elephant Dung Heels Smell Like Crazy Creativity
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Horn-Heeled Pumps
Horn-Heeled Pumps
Exotic Regrets by Aoi Kotsuhiroi Features Dark Fang-Like Footwear
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Fluttering Spring Shoes
Fluttering Spring Shoes
The Alexander McQueen Spring 2011 Shoes Continue the Legacy
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Death-Defying Stilettos
Death-Defying Stilettos
The Noritaka Tatehana Collection is Reaching New Shoe Heights
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