Available only in size OMGWTFBBQ

Scary Beautiful by Leanie van der Vyver and RenĂ© van den BergThese are being billed as “the scariest shoes of all time,” and certainly the fright potential is there; I can imagine nightmares induced by this photo alone. The artist explains:

“After working in fashion for seven years, and therefore being well aware of the manipulation images in fashion suffer for a perfect result, I still compare myself to them and other current beauty ideals,” [Leanie] Van der Vyver told Yahoo! Shine exclusively. “My frustration with my own inability to overcome these feelings of inadequacy was what brought ‘Scary Beautiful’ into fruition. The shoes formed part of my graduation project that was a result of my thesis. The conclusion of my thesis investigation was that people are not satisfied with what they look like, and that perfection, according to the beauty and fashion standards, has reached a climax. Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all time climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection. Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard.”

We might be playing God, but God has a four-run lead with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth.

Why, yes, they were offered to Lady Gaga. How did you know?

(“If I were a shoe blogger,” Syaffolee tweeted, “I think I’d just give it the OMGWTFBBQ tag and leave it at that.” Hence the title.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    11 October 2012 · 10:54 am

    “Scary Beautiful”?

    Well, he’s got ONE of those adjectives right.

  2. nightfly »

    11 October 2012 · 11:41 am

    “Inflicting” an unexpected standard is certainly an accurate description.

  3. Lynn »

    12 October 2012 · 7:38 am

    I saw those and thought about linking to them myself but I couldn’t think of anything to say. Scary weird, I guess, just about sums it up.

  4. Tatyana »

    12 October 2012 · 7:31 pm

    Now picture the wearer dancing Swan Lake…

  5. Tatyana »

    12 October 2012 · 7:32 pm

    Actually, it’s a perfect …er…shoe for sucking-up-to boss types. Brings one to correct position.

  6. CGHill »

    12 October 2012 · 7:40 pm

    Ah, yes, the ever-popular Mid-Kneel. Downright servile.

  7. Tatyana »

    13 October 2012 · 7:58 am

    Now that is a perfect usage!

  8. Bayou Renaissance Man »

    14 October 2012 · 12:45 am

    Around the blogs…

    Dustbury brings us news of a pair of shoes that had me shaking my head in disbelief. No point in my describing them – go see them for yourselves. Verily, the mind doth boggle…

  9. David Liddy »

    17 October 2012 · 1:29 am

    Also, God is pitching and has a 0-2 count…

    The more obtuse the justification, the more stupid the idea.

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