Who knew that horses, cows and camels had feet that could be so trendy? Well, over the past year, there have been a number of interesting shoe designs made to resemble hooves. In some cases, designers are know, in other cases, no one seems to want to take credit for the funky designs (who would have thought?!). Whether this is a trend that you love or hate, it's probably one that you have strong feelings about, and here are some of the most fashionable and freaky cloven hoof shoe designs I've come across recently!
#5 Fashionable or Freaky Hoof Footwear- Cloven Hoof Boots
Okay, you might not want to quote me on this one, but I'm fairly certain that this cloven hoof boot is being worn by a man. Though, perhaps not. This particular photo has appeared on multiple fashion and design website, though no one seems to have been able to track down the designer behind this concept. Yes, this footwear is inspired by livestock, and yes, you might have to take out a second mortgage on your home to be able to purchase a pair (wherever they come from). This cloven hoof boot design is one that carries the style right through fall into winter so this fashionable or freaky trend doesn't have to be dictated by the seasons.
Image via: Picnic at Stonehenge
#4 Fashionable or Freaky Hoof Footwear- Cloven Hoof Shoes for the Home
Cloven Hoof Slippers
These hoof shoes are comfortable slippers, perhaps best suited for the home as slippers! They are a design by Japanese brand Oki Noki slippers, proving that this hoof shoe thing is a global trend. With a design tall enough to encircle the wearer's ankle, these hoof shoes are another design that might carry you through from season to season, if you like resembling a camel.
These cloven hoof shoes are called Ikitabi, and technically they're from a line of Ninja slippers. Livestock really must be fierce these days!
#3 Fashionable or Freaky Hoof Footwear - Horse Hoof Heels
Horse Hoof Heels
These hoof heels are a little bit more classy. They have a wrap design, and a hoof bottom that's offset by a sky-high stiletto. Designed by AF Vandevorst and were featured in this year's Paris Fashion Week as part of a whole equine inspired line of designs.
These horse hoof heels still look a little bit strange, but will act as positive conversation starters; unlike some of the other hoof shoes - these might not get a "what the hell is she wearing?" reaction...probably.
Via: Public Personae
#2 Fashionable or Freaky Hoof Footwear - Horse Hoof Heels (without the heel)
These shoes require wearers to learn to walk like a horse. Gravity puts all of the foot's weight in the front part of the shoe that boasts the hoof shape, while the back is there strictly to accommodate the rest of the foot, which sure is inconvenient in a shoe design like this.
Comfort probably isn't a feature of this freaky shoes, though you're sure to attract attention - especially as you clippity-clop your way through a party. That, or you'll get stares when you're the one falling on her face before you've hit the martini bar because gravity just isn't on your side.
Via: Global Grind
#1 Fashionable or Freaky Hoof Footwear - Deer Hoof Shoes
Deer Hoof Shoe
There's rumors circulating around the internet that these rather horrifying Deer Hoof Shoes might be real. Though it might be fortunate that their true origins are unknown. This is where the line from fashionable to freaky is unequivocally crossed. While hooves of livestock and other mammals might have inspired a trend in footwear, deer hoof shoes that are identical to the real thing just aren't sexy.
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Via: The Fashion Police