High Tide Heels

High Tide Heels

These high heeled flippers caught my eye whilst in Bruges this weekend. These absurd oddities were not for sale in a shop, however (thank goodness!)… they are in fact a creation of Belgian artist Paul Schietekat. For me, they are a lighthearted starter point to discuss idealised ‘femininity’ versus functionality…

The ‘High Tide Heels’ are currently on display at the Pinsart gallery, but have actually been around since 2006. They have appeared in an advert for Canal plus (if I understand correctly the ad says that, even though it’s the summer season, there’s no rest for bitches!)  and they also seem to have inspired similar designs that have made it onto the catwalk and adverts raising awareness about global warming!

(Photograph by Sarah Barnes)

By: Sarah Barnes, 08.12.2009 | Comments (1)
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  • High Tide Shoes
    December 28th, 2010
    6:23 am

    [...] shoes on the top image are not for sale. They are the creation of Belgian artist Paul Schietekat for his Gallery exhibition. But they seem to have inspired Jean Paul Gaultier into creating this [...]

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