Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Scary Beautiful Heels


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



Strangest Shoes Ever


30 shoes we loved at London Fashion Week

shoe hero.jpg

Top 40 Iconic Shoes



Sarah Jessica Parker unveils her debut jewellery collection

The real-life Carrie Bradshaw designed the pieces herself

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Oct 2016

Whistles is launching a wedding dress collection

And they're all under £699

by Amy Swales
27 Oct 2016

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

27 Oct 2016

Say hello to succulent manicures: actual tiny plants as nail art

No, really

by Amy Swales
26 Oct 2016

The 2016 Fashion Awards nominations have been announced

... and supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid will compete for model of the year

by Harriet Hall
26 Oct 2016

Feast your eyes on the new Alexa Chung M&S Archive collection

Get ready to want it all.

by Alexandra Fullerton
26 Oct 2016

The surprising Zara item that is selling out across the globe

It can be yours for just £59

by Sarah Biddlecombe
25 Oct 2016

This clothing range is designed to raise awareness of mental illness

“It’s not a delusion, you are incredible”

by Amy Swales
24 Oct 2016

The Met Gala 2017 theme will bring some serious high-fashion weirdness

Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams are set to host the fashion world’s biggest party.

by Moya Crockett
24 Oct 2016

In memory of Richard Nicoll, one of fashion's brightest talents

by Alexandra Fullerton
22 Oct 2016