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75 Sculptural Shoes

From Extreme Haute Platforms to Anatomic Footwear

— December 12, 2011 — Fashion
Many have spoken out about women's love for high heels, but these avant-garde sculptural shoes take stilettos to another level with painful but intricately designed concepts.

From atrociously high heels to shoe couture artworks, fashion is paying close attention the the sculptural shoes. Designers are becoming more and more conceptual when it comes to their imaginative footwear designs often taking inspiration from art, architecture and even nature with the ultimate aim of creating luxurious masterpieces that one can wear.

Pieces like cartooned heels pay homage to pop-cultural art icons while skeletal stilettos take cues from wire-frame construction and architectural concepts. These death-defying heels are the perfect killer accessory that will leave everyone talking for days.
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Activity
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Wooden Block Wedges
Wooden Block Wedges
Fendi Sandal Platforms Adds Some Retro-Styled Height
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74
Empire State Stilettos
Empire State Stilettos
The Geox Sping/Summer 2010 Line Makes Use of Iconic Buildings
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73
Oblong Wooden Heels
Oblong Wooden Heels
Horse Around in Style with the Atlanta Weller Shoe Boot Pony
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72
Intergalactic Couture Footwear
Intergalactic Couture Footwear
Edmundo Castillo Creates Hot TRON-Inspired Heels
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71
Fire Dragon Stilettos
Fire Dragon Stilettos
The Kobi Levi Contemporary Chinese Shoe is the Artist's Latest Release
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70
Black Porcupine Platforms
Black Porcupine Platforms
These Yves Saint-Laurent Palais Mohawk Pumps are Furry and Bushy
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69
Fiercely Feminine Heels
Fiercely Feminine Heels
The Water Steiger Fall 2011 Pairs Classic Styles with Daring Heights
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68
Anatomic Footwear
Anatomic Footwear
Kermit Tesoro Hypertrophy Heels Replicate the Human Form
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67
Popeye-Inspired Pumps (UPDATE)
Popeye-Inspired Pumps (UPDATE)
The Kobi Levi 'Olive Oyl' Heels are Comically Enhanced Kicks
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66
Building Block Heels
Building Block Heels
Finn Stone's Limited Edition LEG-GO Stilettos Are Colorful and Playful
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65
Banana Heels
Banana Heels
Fruit-Inspired Pumps From Sergio Zambon
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64
Sky Scraping Heels
Sky Scraping Heels
Footwear Fashions are Topping Upwards of 6 Inches
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63
Heel-Less Iceberg Platforms
Heel-Less Iceberg Platforms
Noritaka Tatehana's Christmas Collection is a Sculptural Sensation
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62
Printed 3D Nylon Shoes
Printed 3D Nylon Shoes
The Pauline Van Dongen 'Metamorphosis' Line at The Future of Fashion
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61
Shoe Couture Artworks
Shoe Couture Artworks
These Katerina Voloder Illustrations Show her Obsession for Luxury Heels
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60
Contemporary Colorblock Heels
Contemporary Colorblock Heels
The Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2010 Shoes
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59
Men's Angled Heels
Men's Angled Heels
The Jeffrey Campbell Switchblade Shoes Transform You Into an Instant Rockstar
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58
Barbies As Shoe Displays
Barbies As Shoe Displays
Eccentric Bruno Frisoni Shoes are Excessively Glam
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57
Avian Stilettos
Avian Stilettos
Kobi Levi Designs Chic Heels Inspired by a Variety of Birds
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56
Gun Shoes
Gun Shoes
Chanel Vice Heels
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55
Height-Defying Ballet Flats
Height-Defying Ballet Flats
The Christian Louboutin Fetish Heels are a Ballerina's Fashion Dreams
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54
Architecturally Abstract Heels
Architecturally Abstract Heels
The United Nude Abstract Wedge Makes a High-Fashion Statement
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53
Twosome Towering Heels
Twosome Towering Heels
The Jeffrey Campbell 'Get Out' Pumps are Super Hot
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52
Boxy Origami Shoes
Boxy Origami Shoes
Andreia Chaves' Shoe Concepts are Bold Artistic Statements
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51
Holey Platform Heels
Holey Platform Heels
Finsk's Project No. 4 Shoes are Stunningly Sky-High and Sculptural
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50
Lipstick Heels
Lipstick Heels
Alberto Guardiani Blends Women's Formalwear Essentials
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49
Paperclip Heels
Paperclip Heels
These Jil Sander Sandals Take Heels to New Heights
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48
Elephant Trunk Heels
Elephant Trunk Heels
The Christian Siriano Spring 2011 Shoes for Payless
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47
Melting Heels
Melting Heels
The Nicholas Kirkwood SS10 Shoe for Rodarte
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46
Fine Art Heels
Fine Art Heels
The Giuseppe Zanotti Spring/Summer Shoe Collection is Museum-Worthy
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45
Strappy Architectural Pumps
Strappy Architectural Pumps
The United Nude Spring Summer 2010 Collection
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44
Tripod Stilettos
Tripod Stilettos
Acne Studios Footwear Features Triple-Spiked Heels
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43
Extreme Haute Platforms
Extreme Haute Platforms
The Omar Perez Stilett"O"s Collection Shows Shoes Fit for Gaga
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42
Poodle Shoes
Poodle Shoes
John Galliano's Hair-Free Pom Pom Stilettos Won't Require Any Trimming
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41
Toy-Covered Footwear
Toy-Covered Footwear
'Come and Play With Me' by Naam Ben Are Dream Heels for Toy Fanatics
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40
Holey Wedged Heels
Holey Wedged Heels
Guo Pei's Sky-High Heels are Geometric Masterpieces
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39
Ballet-Inspired Stilettos
Ballet-Inspired Stilettos
These Pleaser Women's Ballet Ankle Boots Will Make Any Girl Twirl
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38
Twisted Coil Booties
Twisted Coil Booties
Iris Van Herpen and United Nude Create a Pair of Hoof-Like Heels
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37
Skeletal Stilettos
Skeletal Stilettos
The Melonia Shoe by Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf
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36
Dual Heel Shoes
Dual Heel Shoes
Alexander McQueen's Geisha-Style Footwear
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35
Sling-Back Heels
Sling-Back Heels
These Kobi Levi Slingshot Shoes are Strikingly Fierce
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34
The Heels of New York
The Heels of New York
Fashion Week's Promenade of Stilettos
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33
Crystal-Encrusted Heels
Crystal-Encrusted Heels
The Prada Spring 2010 Ads are Ravishingly Sparkly
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32
Fiercely Forceful Pumps
Fiercely Forceful Pumps
The Ruthie Davis A/W 2011 Collection Packs a Punch
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31
Wooden Block Heels
Wooden Block Heels
The Benoit Meleard SS11 Collection Looks Impossible to Walk In
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30
Spiky Studded Stilettos
Spiky Studded Stilettos
Staggeringly Sharp Shoes by Louise Goldin for Topshop
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29
Killer Heels IV
Killer Heels IV
Torture Pumps
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28
Architectural Wire Shoes
Architectural Wire Shoes
Check Out These Form Over Function High Heels by Tea Petrovic
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27
Killer Heels III
Killer Heels III
Murderous Shoes
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26
Pump-Wearing Plants (UPDATE)
Pump-Wearing Plants (UPDATE)
Giddyspinster Stiletto Planters Make Interior Flora Fashionable
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25
Naughty Dancer Shoes
Naughty Dancer Shoes
7" Wedges Have a Sexy Carving of a Woman and a Pole
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24
Lace Stilettos
Lace Stilettos
Applique Footwear from Vincent Rey
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23
Crazy Cartooned Heels
Crazy Cartooned Heels
The 'Keith Haring' Shoe Line by Nicholas Kirkwood is Popping With Color
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22
Heavy Artillery Pumps
Heavy Artillery Pumps
Lauren Tennenbaum of (In)decorous Taste is Layering Harnesses
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21
Wonderland Stilettos
Wonderland Stilettos
Nicholas Kirkwood Haute Couture Shoes Are a Nod to the White Hare
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20
Dirty Sneaker Pumps
Dirty Sneaker Pumps
Davide Allieri Makes Converse High Heels Called 'Precision Impression 4'
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19
Out-There Sculptural Shoes
Out-There Sculptural Shoes
Etsy Designer 'Spikesbyg' Creates Extremely Edgy Footwear
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18
Frontless Shoes
Frontless Shoes
Annejet Kosters Shoe Designs
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17
Heel-Less Cyborg Shoes
Heel-Less Cyborg Shoes
The Finsk Project 2 Shoes Send You to Ridiculous Heights
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16
Extraterrestial Platforms
Extraterrestial Platforms
Alexander McQueen Alien Heels are Out of This World
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15
High-Tech Hooker Shoes
High-Tech Hooker Shoes
Sky-High Heels Fit For Ladies of the Night
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14
Armed Animal High Heels
Armed Animal High Heels
Gun Hoofs by Iris Schieferstein Adds Danger to Oddity
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13
Futuristic Heel-less Heels
Futuristic Heel-less Heels
Chau Har Lee Creates Wearable Sculptures for Feet
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12
See-Through Stilettos
See-Through Stilettos
Christian Louboutin & Marchesa Come Together for Spring 2010
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11
Shocking Stiletto Implants
Shocking Stiletto Implants
Bit Rebels conceptualize the Idea of Human Body Stilettos on Your Feet
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10
Colorful Craptastic Stilettos
Colorful Craptastic Stilettos
The INSA Elephant Dung Heels Smell Like Crazy Creativity
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9
Atrociously High Heels
Atrociously High Heels
Footwear Threatens to Break Necks
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8
Pristinely Powerful Heels
Pristinely Powerful Heels
The Victoria Spruce SS 2012 Collection is Full of Strappy Wonders
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7
Horn-Heeled Pumps
Horn-Heeled Pumps
Exotic Regrets by Aoi Kotsuhiroi Features Dark Fang-Like Footwear
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6
Killer Heels
Killer Heels
Cruel Designer Shoes
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5
Spinal Stilettos
Spinal Stilettos
Skeletal Dsquared2 Fall 2010 Shoes Are Anatomazing
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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
Couture Footwear Frenzies
Couture Footwear Frenzies
Daphne Guinness Rocks Alexander McQueen Armadillo Shoes in Public First
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2
Modern Wizard of Oz Shoes
Modern Wizard of Oz Shoes
‘The Kansas Project' in Hong Kong
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1
Death-Defying Stilettos
Death-Defying Stilettos
The Noritaka Tatehana Collection is Reaching New Shoe Heights
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