German designer Iris Schieferstein is enamored with the idea of using dead animal parts to make clothes and other decorative items. Orange News explains:
Iris Schieferstein, 45, spends months creating high heel horse hooves, stilettos from snake skins and sandals sculpted from doves.
Ms Schieferstein, who designed a pair of horse hooves for Lady Gaga, sells the shoes for up to £3,900.
She collects the dead animals from her local butcher in Berlin, then spends a week stripping out the meat and bones from the animal’s feet before the skin is sent to a tanner to be preserved.
The sculptor then sets the skin – complete with fur still in place – around a shoe model before doing any needlework to add insoles and lining.
She said: “I love horses and I love shoes so I thought this would be perfect. Horses have a beautiful walk and I wanted to recreate that with my footwear …
“Once the shoes are made I wear them to make sure they work, although they would not be suitable to wear around the house.”
She works with other dead animals as well. Here are some shoes she made out of cow hooves and toy guns:
- German Fashion Designer Makes Shoes from Real Hooves and Dead Animals (odditycentral.com)
- Do these shoes make me look pigeon-toed? (thesun.co.uk)