Killer Heels Exhibit @ The Brooklyn Museum Materials & Manufacturing Processes - Recitation Anna Tedstrom Form: Japanese Sandals - 1984 My favorite “form” shoe were the Japanese Sandals from 1984. These strikingly tall platform sandals force the wearer to walk in a figure eight pattern because of the extruding slanted faces on the insides of the shoes making it impossible to stand with your feet right next to each other. Geisha and Orian women commonly wore these shoes while they served high-ranking clientele. The figure eight style walk was meant to seduce high paying clients, as their hips would sway back and forth with each slow step. These shoes are still worn today in dance and high fashion. I love that by just changing the shape of the shoe’s base you can completely change the way someone walks and interacts with the shoe. I also find it fascinating how chunky and impractical the shoe looks as a wearable item but their unique shape and size force the wearer to keep the shoe on the ground and slide it across the floor as they walk. I guess you need some smooth floors! Effect: Aoi Kotsuhiroi, Forbidden Color Heel - 2013 The shoes that stood out to me most in terms of effect were the Aoi Kotsuhiroi Forbidden Color Heels, made in 2013. They have such an interesting shape following the knot in the cherry wood, integrating the horns as heels, and adding kangaroo leather; all dyed the same shade of red. My main interest is the form and their unique shape but I’m also curious how the display of the ties changes with a wearer. In the display the leather straps are tied through the hole in the center of the heel, which would be very uncomfortable to walk on for more than a few steps.
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