If The Shoe Fits

Kobi Levi Contemporary Chinese Chop Sticks Stilettos
ArtFashion 4 Comments

It all started with Cinderella and that darned glass slipper… landing herself a prince rested entirely on A SHOE! Ridiculous as it may seem, this fairytale is not far from reality when it comes to the importance that shoes play in a woman’s life. They protect our feet, they get us from point A to point B, and they reflect our personal style. They can be reasonably priced, moderately expensive or obnoxiously costly. The flat ones are considered sensible and good for us. The sporty ones make us feel active and strong. The high ones make us walk a little taller (figuratively and literally) and the really high ones mix toe crushing pain with glamour all in a single step. We protectively keep them in boxes or dust bags, display them on metal stands as if they are sculptures or line them up like little foot soldiers in our closets. Women and shoes… there is no denying the relationship.

But, don’t take our word for it. As reported by the UK’s Daily Express, a 2010 study conducted by British insurance company Gocompare.com claims that the average woman will buy 469 pairs of shoes in her lifetime (that’s an average of 7 per year over 67 years), and she’ll spend roughly $25,000 doing so. The survey of 3,000 women also showed that the average woman has about 19 pairs of shoes – three pairs with heels, six pairs of flip-flops, sandals, ballet pumps or wedges, three pairs of boots, four pairs of “foxy-style” shoes for nights out, two pairs of work shoes and another two or so “random” purchases. Sheesh… how big are the closets of the women they surveyed?

So let’s face it, women like shoes. It’s just the degree to which we like, love or obsess about shoes that makes us all different. But, while shoes can be objects of desire, not all are made for walking. Enter Kobi Levi, an Israeli footwear designer. His hand-made “shoes” are much more art than they are footwear. According to the designer himself, “In my artistic footwear design the shoe is my canvas. The piece is a wearable sculpture. It is ‘alive’ with/out the foot/body. Most of the inspirations are out of the ‘shoe-world’, and give the footwear an extreme transformation. The result is usually humoristic with a unique point of view about footwear.”

We were mystified, confused, amused and intrigued when we stumbled onto his collection, and the XXX series made us blush. While we couldn’t imagine actually wearing any of his shoes, we can appreciate them for their impeccable craftsmanship and inventive design. We’d love to see Kobi’s spin on Cinderella’s glass slipper.

These are some of our favorite Kobi Levi designs – Blond Ambition and Chewing Gum. We especially like his Contemporary Chinese Chop Sticks Stilettos in the lead image above. Check out Kobi’s personal blog to see others from his fantastical collection.Kobi Levi Blond AmbitionKobi Levi Chewing Gum

  • Anne J.

    I laughed at the report that the average woman has 19 pair of shoes. That seemed like a lot because I always thought I just had about 9 or 10 pair. I’ve never really counted the number of shoes I have, and I often forget that I have some “seasonal” shoes. So I decided to count all my shoes. To my surprise, when I included flip-flops and boots, I found that I have 22 pair!! So, ladies, have some fun. Count all your shoes! You may be above the average.

  • Thya S.

    Awesome post! These are so cool. I am afraid to count…let us just say that I am way ahead of the curve 🙂

  • Gargouille

    Cindy’s glasss slipper does seem to be the precursor to the age of fashion-over-function. Walking on glass is just dumb, not to mention dangerous! There is a shoe in another fairy tale by a French writer that your readers might enjoy: a mule. Yes, the backless heeled shoe was invented in France for Louis XIV and appears in a version of Cinderella written by Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy in 1698 (just a year after Charles Perrault published his classic Mother Goose tale in 1697). In d’Aulnoy’s fairy tale the mule is made of red velvet and decorated with pearls, and the prince gets mesmerized by it. Right up the fashionista’s alley!

    • WYSK

      Thanks Gargouille. We appreciate the tip on the origin of the mule. In both of these stories, it seems the princes are more mesmerized with the shoes than the women wearing them. How tragic and sad!