The industry of shoes is one of the most profitable (especially in the women sector) industry on the planet. Some of the earliest shoes are sandals dating from roughly 8000 to 7000 BC. The oldest leather shoes were made of one piece of cowhide laced with a cord of leather along seams at the front and back, and was found in a cave in Armenia back in 2008 and is believed to date to 3,500 BC. Furthermore, physical anthropologist Erik Trinkaus believes he’s found evidence that the use of shoes began in the period between about 40,000 and 26,000 years ago. Enough about history, and let us show ten of the most unusual shoes around.
10. Fur Shoes
Everyone was hyped (and still is) when the first fur coats entered the market, but creating shoes that are made out of fur is something entirely new. A creative group of designers have pushed the limits of their imagination and created shoes that mimic the animals’ shape.
9. Boxy Shoes
It is true that boxes are most effective and useful, but creating a pair of shoes out of tiny little boxes is something I thought I’d never see. This bulky yet fashionable pair of shoes are going to not only make you noticed, but also extravagant and non-conformist.
Although this pair of black shoes may seem ripped from a science-fiction movie, they’re not. We’re not sure if these unusual shoes are actually made of some animal’s hair or just synthetic fibers, but they’re most definitely weird looking. Don’t forget to feed them from time to time.
It is said that when Eve tempted Adam to take a bite from the forbidden apple it was because of the Devil, but I believe that she was most certainly wearing these unusual shaped shoes. To be honest, they do seem a bit confusing, and who can refuse a woman that’s wearing these?
I remember that one of the oldest gags is the slipping on the banana peel trick. It seems that designers have thought of a way to prevent such unfortunate events and created these banana shoes. If only they could provide some extra Potassium.
Pablo Reinoso had put to good use components of the classic furniture objects into sculptural footwear. He combined creativity with craftsmanship to give luxury and finesse another meaning. Besides the image above, the designer created various vintage shoes with curving heels. They’re our number five choice in our top of unusual shoes.
4. Chewing Gum
We stepped in chewing gum at least once in our lifetime, but one particular designer have thought of turning inconvenience into fashion, and his name is Kobi Levy. The talented designer have worked in the footwear section for Italy, China and Brazil.
3. Flower Vase
Scherer Gonzalez’ Spring 2009 Collection featured these out of the ordinary heels where flowers and petals can blossom inside the platform. For some they may seem over the top, but the truth is that they’re absolutely gorgeous, especially in the feet of a fresh bride.
2. High Tide
Global warming is a serious problem, and designers have thought ahead with morphing swimming flippers with women’s footwear. They may not be very comfortable to walk but they’re clearly worth entering our top of unusual shoes. Besides, if a flood comes, you can easily swim and save your life while looking glamorous.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? I am pretty sure that’s what Andreia Chaves thought when she decided to design these absolutely fantastic shoes. There is one huge “flaw” with them, however – if you break them, will you get seven years of bad luck?
Our list ends here, but not before asking you what is the most wicked pair of shoes you’ve seen so far?