You'll Have A Hard Time Believing These Shoes Are Real

Crazy. But fully wearable.

Try to recall the last time your feet were sore from wearing high heels. Now take a look at these shoes and ask yourself, "Was it really THAT bad?"

Japanese designer Masaya Kushino creates shoes that are more museum-worthy than club-ready, and they're pretty incredible.

Kushino's latest series "Bird-witched" features three extravagant stiletto designs inspired by the art of Jakuchu Ito, a legendary Japanese painter who used to depict "real life animals such as birds, tigers, and elephants in a really ingenious way, tinged with a bit of insanity," according to Kushino's interview with Blouin Art Info.

However, his haute couture creations have no limits when it comes to form, texture and materials. The philosophy behind his design states that shoes are not only meant for putting. They can serve as "standalone art objects."

"Shoes are just as visually stimulating as sculpture or any other three-dimensional art piece, but they also fundamentally have to be wearable. When it comes to artistic pairs of shoes, they are more instinctive and more interactive, which I think is their most attractive trait," Kushino said in an interview.

This design, called "Lung-ta" ("horse of wind in Tibetan), represents a horse that is running fast like the wind.

According to Kushino, his ultimate goal is to make it into the history books and to influence future generations.

"I would like to find a place in history as a shoes designer in the future. People in the future would imagine how people wore and made the shoes if my collections are exhibited in museums, that is my wish," Kushino told Twelvmag.

Well, it will definitely take some time before we start wearing such inflammable stilettos...

The pair of shoes pictured below is titled "Healing Fukushima (Nanohana Heels)." It features an automated mechanism that plants rapeseeds (Nanohana) into the soil as the person walks. 

Rapeseeds have been proven to absorb radioactive substances and have been planted around Chernobyl seeking to "revive the area's agriculture industry which had been wiped out by the 1986 nuclear accident," developers claim.

To see more of Masaya Kushino's work, please visit his website. If you'd like to see Kushino's "Bird-witched" collection live, pay a visit to the "Killer Heels" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum which runs until February 15, 2015.

(H/T: Spoon&Tamago)

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