October 24, 2012

Lady Gaga has a taste for bizarre shoes, from dead animals

Would you wear a pair of sandals featuring stuffed doves with their wings spread wide? Or a pair of heels made of horse hooves? If you’re really fond of bizarre shoes, then you will surely appreciate Iris Schieferstein’s range, crafted from dead animals. Of course, if you like it, you have to afford them too, cause a pair can make you get out of your pocket up to £3,900.  Lady Gaga bought a pair of custom-made shoes from the German artist last year.


Iris is from Berlin and describes herself as being in love with horses and shoes, so she thought that mixing the two passions would be great. Some of her most crazy pieces are a pair of snakeskin stilettos feature a replica pistol as a heel with the reptile seemingly eating its own tail, or a pair of horse boots feature horse fur, a zip up the front, an intact hoof and horse bone as a heel.


As you can imagine, making the shoes is not easy. Iris admits “creating the shoes is ugly work, taking the meat out is not nice, like any taxidermy.” She started by working with dead animal from the street, but the government protects them, so once she almost went in prison for that. Now she is using dead animals from her local butcher. She says she spends about a week stripping out any remaining meat and bones from the animal’s feet and the skin is sent to a tanner to be treated for preservation.

Though the shoes look spectacular indeed, they are not very comfortable, and cannot be worn for more than a couple of hours.

Photos: dailymail.com, runningwithheels.com, ofthefashionblog.blogspot.com