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



Where to find the top Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in UK

The biggest day on the shopping calendar

25 Nov 2015

Bacon scented underwear is here. Sorry.

Just in time for Christmas by Anna Pollitt

25 Nov 2015

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

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities by Sarah Biddlecombe

25 Nov 2015

Christmas party accessories under £100 to instantly upgrade any outfit

Why not add a little sparkle to your look this festive season? by Sarah Biddlecombe

25 Nov 2015

This week's Style List

The Christmas food special: from festive biscuits to the perfect turkey

24 Nov 2015

The handbag that tells you off when you buy too much

“Annoying but friendly” creation whispers - then yells by Harriet Hall

24 Nov 2015

Fashion highlights from the week so far

From David and Victoria Beckham to Cheryl Fernandez-Versini by Sarah Biddlecombe

24 Nov 2015

Iconic celebrity wedding dresses

A-list nuptials and fantasy frocks galore...

23 Nov 2015

Fashion highlights from the week so far

Jennifer Lawrence wins the black dress game

19 Nov 2015

Statement Christmas party dresses under £200

Let's kick off the festive season in style by Sarah Biddlecombe

19 Nov 2015