The lines between art and footwear can often become blurred.
Whether its unicorn-shaped heels or footwear made on a 3D-printer, we've rounded up 20 of the most unusual shoe designs - frrom the irreverent to the downright gaudy.
These quirky sandals meld the less-explored coupling of zebras and cats.
£65 from Office.
Neon wedge brother creepers from the queen of kitsch footwear.
£565, Charlotte Olympia
If you're looking for a classic T-bar style in patent metallic fuschia snakeskin, with an obscure design inspiration, United Nude is the place to head.
These beauties are inspired by the 1956 Eames Lounge chair.
£205, United Nude
Brazilian designer Andreia Chaves fused her knowledge of optical effects and 3D printing to create these eye-bending runarounds.
Price on request, Andreia Chaves
Movie fan? These are the heels for you. British designer Milly J creates all kinds of unconventional heels from her base in Hertfordshire.
£360, Milly J Shoes
Finnish shoe designer Julia Lundsten is behind London-based FINSK, which excels in unique designs that will make you look twice, like these contrast heel lace-up boots.
Cartoon kitsch with a Chanel-inspired ankle chain. Fantastic.
We can't see where these McQueen stunners begin or end.
When the world's of architecture and haute couture collide, you get this kind of awesomeness.
Zaha Hadid and United nude's Creative director Rem d Koolhaas collaborated for these chromed vinyl creations.
£1,300, United Nude
A British-themed bicycle is the latest offbeat addition to the avant garde shoe designer's extensive collection.
£962, Kobi Levi
Made in Italy from suede and pearl, these sleek slippers should be handled with care.
£630, Nicholas Kirkwood
Terrifying and beautiful designs from the London-based footwear designer.
Price on request, Janina Allen
This striking doorstop design by Lisa Berry showcased at the Edinburgh College of Art show in London in May.
These uniquely shaped ombre ankle boots from Christian Dior made an appearance on the runway in Paris last month.
Price on request, Christian Dior
British designers Ashanti Lou have been designing wild and wonderful custom-made shoes fro three years.
From £120, Ashanti Lou
Avant Garde amazingness. Put them on your feet - or your mantelpiece.