>> A shoe goes 'hoof' not just because of the dizzying heights of the physical shoe but because visually, it 'makes a 'oooooof' of an entrance and instant visual impact, in part due to its perilous architecture.  The 'hoof' shoe has had its fair share of catwalk amalgamations, from Balenciaga A/W 06 'cut-away wedge boots to the over-blogged Alexander McQueen reptilian S/S 10 shoes and these shoes from Iris Van Herpen's  A/W 10-11 collection are definitely another teetering step towards an a great thudding onamatapoeic "'oooooof"… that's not someone falling over (like this kind of 'Ouch!') by the one but someone skilled with strong ankles that can make significant visually-shattering steps in shoes like these.

I took no notice of what I thought were essentially show shoes – i.e. things that won't make it beyond showrooms and editorial shoots – until I found out today these are actually a collaboration between Iris Van Herpen and United Nude.  Seeing as the founder of United Nude Rem D. Koolhaas is the famed architect nephew of famed architect, Rem L. Koolhaas (creator of my fantasy dream home – wow that was a heavily corrected sentence there…) I doubly intrigued even though I've yet to find the right pair of UN shoes for me.  The element of architecture in this shoe collaboration does make them more than just ostentatious show shoes.  Functionality and technological soundness, qualities which UN prides itself on seem to jar with the design and 'hoofness' of these shoes but I may be mistaken as the proof is in the trying on.  Produced to the quantity of 240 pairs (at a different kind of ouch-inducing price of EUR1,000), it means these are tangible and buyable products too unlike similarly ooooofing hoof shoes which tend to be guarded objects not meant for shop floors.  I'll race you there for some sneaky phone trying-on shoe shots…





Comments (44)

  1. Those are quite possibly the most incredible shoes i have ever seen!

  2. Joanna M. says:

    Killer shoes, dearest Susie, killer heels…

  3. Jodyy says:

    haha they are killer shoes but I’ll never wear them :3

  4. moi says:

    What stores have picked them up? Luisa? Corner? I love the packaging from those two, it’s like xmas all year round ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. susie_bubble says:

    Moi: I’m not sure but I will check…! Yes, I likey sheeny shiny boxes….

  6. susie_bubble says:

    Ah I think they’re being stocked in UN’s flagship in Amsterdam and some of their other stores in New York, Vienna and Shanghai…. oh well…!

  7. Playlust says:

    There’s actually two Rem Koolhaases: Rem A. Koolhaas of United Nude is the nephew of Rem L. Koolhaas who is the architect of the building you mention. But big hooray to those hooves:-)))

  8. susie_bubble says:

    Playlust: Ooops…big mistake on my part…. that’s fairly confusing but hey, it’s all one big architecture-based family…

  9. Louise says:

    I am in utter love with the second pair, yummmmm

  10. Nina says:

    Intimidating to wear, yet so awesome looking…

  11. masha says:

    wow! what a lovely shoes! it remind me the mcq ones.

  12. Roxy says:

    wow the shoes are great really love it

  13. I would love to see these in person…:)

  14. Evelyn says:

    Somehow it looks like McQueen’s Armadillo shoes. I love the ruffles!! and the nude color too!!

  15. emmasdesignzeal.blogspot.com
    lovely but for sitting i think, maybe for dining out i think!

  16. These shoes are fantastic. I have no doubt in my mind, that I would be saying the ‘Ouch’ word. They are very Oooooof though. Great post.:)SarahD

  17. Annie says:

    ooohhh nooooo… more downright ugly shoes masquerading as fashion.

  18. Simonne says:

    Could you answer my question in FAQ?
    (What is your favourite music?)

  19. Lorena says:

    These instantly reminded me of some of the pieces in the Sharon Wauchob F/W 2010 collection with the slashed cuts of leather.

  20. Nathalie says:

    Killer shoes!!! But not for the real life ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. cassie says:

    Proenza Schouler’s a/w’10 and Miu Miu’s a/w’10, (with the little attachments) weirdly, were also pretty ‘hoofy’.
    Love these ones that you’ve featured.

  22. Bailey says:

    Those shoes are fantastic!

  23. Carmen says:

    Gorgeous shoes!

  24. it’d be great if rem d designed a building version of these!
    (*love the photos.)

  25. rem l, i mean, the architect! :))

  26. Sophia says:

    Killer shoes meant literally. I love the look so much but I don’t think I could walk in those. I love the slashed leather/inside gold feature. <3

  27. Halie says:

    These are quite fierce shoes!! I think they’re just fabulous for the runway or an editorial but in all seriousness I feel like they would weigh my feet down…just a bit. Beautiful shoes, though!!!

  28. I love this new looking shoes collection inculding Ga ga’s..how ever I really dont feel I can wear it go shopping one day. :p

  29. Liz, Love. says:

    I was drooling over these items as well.

  30. these shoes are fabulous, love the shape and the golden detail

  31. style monkey says:

    they’re fantastic!

  32. Duck says:

    Ooh I didn’t really like the clothes at Iris’s show, I thought it was a bit of a lazy rehash of her last collection. But then, I couldn’t see the shoes since I was most certainly not in the front row… Liking these guys a lot!

  33. Very nice!
    A bit McQueenish.

  34. Kelly says:

    Wow, these are amazing!! Just gotta say I love your blog Susie!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    <3 Kelly

  35. Rita says:

    I have discovered this brand recently when I visited the shop in Covent Garden( they have a shop in shop of this brand ) I am sure you have seen them all Susie!!! I fell in love with a pair of green shoes with sort of very structural design – its featured in their web site. I think these hoof ones are a piece of art.

  36. oh come on, these shoes are insane!

  37. Emma says:

    i love these shoes!!!!!! love love love!

Comment below