Crimes of Fashion, Shoes

Iris Van Herpen X United Nude Biopiracy Boots: the strangest shoes ever?

 IRIS VAN HERPEN X UNITED NUDE BIOPIRACY BOOT BLACK

 IRIS VAN HERPEN X UNITED NUDE BIOPIRACY BOOT BLACK

 IRIS VAN HERPEN X UNITED NUDE BIOPIRACY BOOT BLACK

Iris Van Herpen X United Nude Biopiracy Boots, £1,245

Neither United Nude or Iris Van Herpen are known for producing “ordinary” designs, so it should come as no surprise that these boots are the result of a collaboration between the two.

Oh yeah: these are boots, by the way. Sorry, was that not clear from the photos? It’s MOST clear from the final shot, in which you can see what appears to be the back of a shoe, embedded in what appears to be part of Darth Vader. (Which would give us an excellent idea for a Halloween costume, actually, if it weren’t for the small fact that these cost £1,245 per pair.) That aside, though, these are definitely one of the more unusual pairs of shoes we’ve seen for sale (as opposed to the weird and wonderful creations we’re always coming across on Pinterest, and which almost always turn out to be art projects, as opposed to actual footwear).

These are certainly creative, imaginative, and a wonderful feat of design: we’ll give them that. The important point to remember here, though, is that they’re not supposed to be works of art (or not JUST works of art, anyway…). No, they’re supposed to be shoes, and shoes are supposed to be worn, which makes us wonder what, exactly, they’d look like on a foot? Well…

United Nude for Iris Van Herpen structural boots

From the front, they’re actually slightly LESS strange looking than we’d have expected. From the back or side, however, it’s a different story:

Biopiracy boots by Iris van Hepren x United Nude

Oh, and they’re also available in beige. Awesome.

These are currently available to pre-order at United Nude, for the aforementioned £1,245. It’s quite an investment for a single pair of boots, but do you think these are worth investing in? Are they fabulously inventive, wearable works or art… or are they simply crimes of fashion?

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