Birds of a leather: Artist sculpts mallard, swan and toucan-inspired wearable heels
Sky-scraping red soled Louboutins may be the height of fashion, but if you really want to stand out from the crowd you can”t do much better that swanning around in one of Kobi Levi”s creations.
The Israeli artist is behind an innovative range of high heels with each pair designed to look like a different bird.
One pair resembles a colourful mallard, with other heels moulded to resemble a swan or toucan”s beak.
Stand out for the crowd: These Mallard shoes – designed by Kobi Levi – are guaranteed to get you noticed
The 36-year-old has also transformed the ordinary high heel in to everything from everyday objects from shopping baskets to celebrities – including Popeye”s squeeze Olive Oyl, or pop legend Madonna.
Mr Levi, who lives in Tel Aviv, can spend weeks making his “wearable sculptures” by hand.
Talking about his latest bird-inspired creations, he said: “Animals are always very inspiring.
“I just noticed a bird one day and decided to incorporate it into one of my designs.
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“But when I started researching the different types of birds, I couldn”t choose just one because there were so many kinds and they were all so beautiful.
“In the end I decided to create a variety of bird shoe designs and I”ll probably design more with the “bird world” theme.”
Mr Levi”s fascination with shoe design began at high school where he studied art.
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His first creations were sculptures inspired by Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe”s curvy figure.
Over the years his collection has mushroomed and has included shoes that resemble bananas, sling shots, dogs and cats.
He said: “It is important to me that they will be real shoes and not sculptures or toys.
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“I develop and make all of these pairs by myself in my studio and it can take from a few days up to a few weeks.
“The technical development is very demanding, but I enjoy the challenge.”
Theshoes may look impressive, but they don”t come cheap. Levi kept tight-lipped about the price of each pair but did say the time, effort and materials put into each made them expensive.
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