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Shoes of the strange for Halloween, revisited

*Note: This is a repost of an article I did last year around this time, but I’m still so fascinated by these wicked cool shoes that I had to post it again.  I think these shoes are perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit!* 

Happy Halloween to everyone!  In celebration of Halloween, I have been on the hunt for some highly unusual shoes.  Some are just very unique, some are a little bit creepy and some might just give you the heebie-jeebies.  Many of these I found at Virtual Shoe Museum, which is an amazing site full of all kinds of fantastic shoes, especially in their Extreme shoes section.  So, let’s take a look:

These Merryl Tielman shoes definitely take the prize for Ultimate Halloween Shoes.  Can you imagine wearing these?  They would take your costume to a whole different level.

Here’s a bat-like Bertrand LandrO pair.

Another one by Bertrand LandrO

Yikes!  This Bart Hess creation is kind of spooky.

Another one by Bart Hess, which is reminiscent of a large tumor growing off the foot.  A freaky science experiment gone wrong, perhaps?

Besides the zipper, these Iris Schieferstein horse boots are very realistic…maybe too realistic.

Wow, a super-high, wool-covered sweater platform.  You don’t see that everyday.  This one is by Simone Memel.

On a similar note, the world’s highest heels are 16 inches with an 11 inch platform.  Anyone want to take a stab at walking in these?

I saw these on Oddee.com and they definitely gave me the creepie-crawlies.

The most expensive shoes in the world are these size 4 ruby slippers made by Harry Winston for the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.  The shoes took 2 months to make and have as many as 4,600 rubies.  They are valued at 3 million.

Trick or treat?  If you prefer a treat, check out these chocolate shoes I saw at ThisNext.  It looks like they are no longer available, but they do look sooo good. Update: You can get these at Gayle’s Chocolate for $40 each and more color options are also available.  Yum!

The world’s largest shoes are from Marikina City in the Philippines, which is known as the shoe capital of the country.  It’s also the home of the world’s largest shoe collection from former first lady Imelda Marcos, who is said to have owned as many as 3,400 pairs (she says it was 1,060).  Over 800 of her shoes are housed at the Marikina Shoe Museum.  This was the area hit hard by tropical storm Ketsana and the museum was immersed in knee-deep water, but museum employees saved the 100 pairs that got wet, moving them to higher shelves.

The world’s smallest shoe is from China and is the size of a grain of rice.

Ever seen a Nike coffin?  Yeah, I haven’t either.  This highly unusual item is from Ghana, where coffins are “often hand carved in the shapes of various objects representing the life of the person who will be buried in them. A fisherman man be buried inside a fish, or a shoemaker inside a shoe.”

A few pain-inducing shoes found on toxel.com, especially the nail heel in the center.

That’s all for now.  Have a very spooky day!

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