>> 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…






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  1. away with the fairy's

    2010-06-29 at 12:04 PM

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

  2. Joanna M.

    2010-06-29 at 12:07 PM

    Killer shoes, dearest Susie, killer heels…

  3. Jodyy

    2010-06-29 at 12:13 PM

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

  4. rouli

    2010-06-29 at 12:34 PM

    love them!
    visit and join:))

  5. moi

    2010-06-29 at 12:52 PM

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

  6. susie_bubble

    2010-06-29 at 12:54 PM

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

  7. susie_bubble

    2010-06-29 at 12:56 PM

    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…!

  8. Playlust

    2010-06-29 at 1:03 PM

    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:-)))

  9. susie_bubble

    2010-06-29 at 1:08 PM

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

  10. thestreetfashion5xpro

    2010-06-29 at 2:17 PM


  11. Louise

    2010-06-29 at 2:54 PM

    I am in utter love with the second pair, yummmmm

  12. Nina

    2010-06-29 at 2:59 PM

    Intimidating to wear, yet so awesome looking…

  13. masha

    2010-06-29 at 3:45 PM

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

  14. Roxy

    2010-06-29 at 3:53 PM

    wow the shoes are great really love it

  15. majormusthaves

    2010-06-29 at 5:03 PM

    I would love to see these in person…:)

  16. Evelyn

    2010-06-29 at 5:13 PM

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

  17. emma@litman.co.uk

    2010-06-29 at 5:18 PM

    lovely but for sitting i think, maybe for dining out i think!

  18. Olive

    2010-06-29 at 5:27 PM


  19. My Republic of Fashion

    2010-06-29 at 5:30 PM

    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

  20. Annie

    2010-06-29 at 5:39 PM

    ooohhh nooooo… more downright ugly shoes masquerading as fashion.

  21. Simonne

    2010-06-29 at 6:46 PM

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

  22. Lorena

    2010-06-29 at 7:14 PM

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

  23. Nathalie

    2010-06-29 at 7:37 PM

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

  24. cassie

    2010-06-29 at 8:08 PM

    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.

  25. Bailey

    2010-06-29 at 8:22 PM

    Those shoes are fantastic!

  26. Carmen

    2010-06-29 at 8:57 PM

    Gorgeous shoes!

  27. avant anthologue

    2010-06-29 at 9:27 PM

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

  28. avant anthologue

    2010-06-29 at 9:28 PM

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

  29. Sophia

    2010-06-29 at 10:27 PM

    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

  30. minnja

    2010-06-29 at 10:39 PM

    Wow, amazing shoes!!!

  31. Halie

    2010-06-29 at 10:40 PM

    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!!!

  32. Tennis coaching Melbourne

    2010-06-30 at 1:53 AM

    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

  33. Liz, Love.

    2010-06-30 at 6:22 AM

    I was drooling over these items as well.

  34. Elena Vasilieva

    2010-06-30 at 8:39 AM

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

  35. melissa

    2010-06-30 at 9:12 AM

    stunning! want them!

  36. style monkey

    2010-06-30 at 2:04 PM

    they’re fantastic!

  37. Duck

    2010-06-30 at 6:04 PM

    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!

  38. tiffanyssmallworld.blogspot.com/

    2010-07-01 at 1:25 AM

    very nice!different!

  39. Z Fashion Blog

    2010-07-01 at 8:56 AM

    Very nice!
    A bit McQueenish.

  40. Kelly

    2010-07-01 at 3:23 PM

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

  41. Rita

    2010-07-04 at 8:50 PM

    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.

  42. personal stylist

    2010-07-06 at 12:25 PM

    oh come on, these shoes are insane!

  43. Emma

    2010-07-07 at 1:37 PM

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

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