Monday, March 5, 2012

Roadkill Couture: The Shoes Made from Dead Animals

If you have a hankerin' to wear some dead varmints on your feet, shoe designer Iris Schieferstein just might have the fashion footwear to meet your redneck needs! 

If you are in search of a pair of designer heels to wear with your camouflage prom gown, you should check out Iris' stilettos fashioned from the hooves and legs of a dead deer. The heels are made out of antique six-shooters, so you'll be the envy of all the Belles at the Deadwood Ball! 

If hoofin' it up in deer hooves is not your speed, you might want to check out Iris' lovely white clogs, made with the dead carcasses of pure white doves! They will look as if they are doing a romantic mating courtship ritual as you spin around the dance floor, doing the do-si-do to a Gretchen Wilson song at the Honkey Tonk Cotillion! 

"This is what it sounds like when doves cry..."
The 45-year-old designer, from Berlin, Germany, actually doesn't use road kill, but collects carcasses from her local butcher which are discarded after the meat is used for sausages. She spends at least a week stripping out any remaining meat and bones from the animal's feet and the skin is sent to a tanner to be treated for preservation before it can be fashioned into shoes. 

The footwear has been featured in museums as artwork, and has even inspired a line by designer label Dolce & Gabbana. In spite of the high cost, the footwear isn't very practical and can only be worn a few hours before becoming highly uncomfortable. 

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