Gaga would probably go ga ga for these front-heeled shoes …

Lady Gaga is notorious for her love of  outlandish heels so she will probably be in the front of the fashionista queue  to get her hands on the latest pair of fantastical footwear.

The ‘front heel’ Scary Beautiful shoes were  designed by South African student artist Leanie van der Vyver as a critique on  the fashion industry’s quest for perfection.

Dutch shoe maker René van den Berg fabricated  the wacky design, which landed designer Leanie a nomination for the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld design prize at her  university in Holland.

The Scary Beautiful shoes were designed by South African artist Leanie van der Vyer as part of her graduation projectThe Scary Beautiful shoes were designed by South African  artist Leanie van der Vyer as part of her graduation project

Leanie, from Cape Town, South Africa  designed the pair as her graduation project at the Gerrit Rietveld  Academie in  Amsterdam.

‘I wrote my Thesis about how humans have been  playing God with their bodies, constantly searching for the ultimate perfection  and I discovered that this perfection has reached a climax in the fashion and  beauty industry. Heels can not get higher any higher,’ she said.

'The shoes are literally an illustration of what lies beyond this aspirational perfection' says Leanie

‘The shoes are literally an illustration of what lies  beyond this aspirational perfection’ says Leanie

‘This design might seem quirky and fun, but  it is firstly a critique on how the fashion and beauty industry disregards the  human body in it’s constant reinvention of the “new extreme.” The shoes are  literally an illustration of what lies beyond this aspirational  perfection.

‘Humans are Playing God by physically and  metaphorically perfecting themselves.

‘Beauty is currently at an all time climax,  allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection.

The gravity defying heels did not go unnoticed and were nominated for a prize at Leanie's university
The gravity defying heels did not go unnoticed and were nominated for a prize at Leanie's university
 

The gravity defying heels did not go unnoticed and were  nominated for a prize at Leanie’s university

‘Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty  ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard,’ she  said.

Leanie’s avant-garde design might seem  extreme, but they join a growing list of the out-there designs adored by  eccentric celebrities like Lady Gaga, including Noritaka  Tatehana’s heel-less shoes to Alexander McQueen’s gravity-defying  creations.

‘This work is ambiguous, and I enjoy the  mixed feelings it is provoking in people who see them. This was always my  intention,’ added Leanie.

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