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A new kind of high-heel is challenging beauty ideals.

Created by Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg and South African Leanie van der Vyver, a graduate from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam , the front-heeled platforms are about challenging current ideals by "inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard."

The model's feet are on a 90 degree angle, forcing her shins forward by 45 degrees, in the bizarre 'Scary Beautiful' heels

The mustard-coloured leather heels are well-crafted, if impractical

Sitting down really is the only option

A statement from the designers explaining the project, says: "Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves.

"Beauty is currently at an all time climax and with this project I explore what lies beyond perfection. Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard."

Watch a model walk in the ballet-style platforms in the video below.

Let us know your thoughts on the Scary Beautiful project on Twitter or in the comments section, and check out for some less dangerous footwear in our shoe galleries, below.

Words: Anna Pollitt. Pictures: Gerrit Rietveld Academie

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