Abnormal Beauty

Van der Vyver collaborates with shoe designer Rene van den Berg and creates a very special pair for her final project at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.

Text: Gaia Deligianni
Photos: Lyall Coburn

These back-to-front shoes designed by Leanie van der Vyver make the person who wears them walk in a very unnatural way. As people say fashion and beauty sometimes demand sacrifices and pain. Well, the only way to walk in these shoes is by bending your knees and your arms standing straight.

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Leather enfolds the shoe as the inside is lined with soft leather that covers a supporting layer of orthopedic memory foam.

Van deer Vyver shaped this kind of shoe based on the idea that people are never satisfied with the way they look. She claims that beauty has currently reached its peak and her aim is to explore in this project ”what lies beyond perfection”.