Weirdest, Wildest Shoes from All Over the World

…and you thought YOUR shoes hurt!

As much as we all love Pastry Shoes, there’s no harm in looking at alternative footwear, especially the unusual ones.  You know, based on a basic shoe history, human beings created shoes to ease running when they were hunting for animals.  And you know what, this is the kind of shoe they wear during the Ice Age.

iceman-shoes

You all might think, “GEEZ!  Won’t you get frostbite wearing just that on ICE?”  Well they probably got frostbites. What’s certain is, archaeologists have had difficulties in determining when human beings stopped going barefoot.  But they think, human beings started protecting their feet between 40,000 and 26,000 years ago.  And you know, we actually have stronger and thicker small toes than the ancient human beings! -Yet look at all our efforts to protect (and jazz up) our feet! LOL.  That pair of shoes were discovered in the French Alps and were worn by a preserved “Ice Man”.

The next shoes  look kinda creepy but it’s really interesting.  See them now.  Would you wear ’em?

kharams-shoes

Yes, they probably look like a torturing device, but they really bring peace to the wearer!  They are called Kharam shoes and they used to be (or maybe still) worn by many saints, scholars and gurus in India.  They wear these because they’re said to be able to give peace of mind and control of the senses.  The wooden peg between the toes is believed to massage specific pressure points.  The wood is considered to be one of the pure elements of the earth which keeps impurities from entering through soles of the feet.  Whoa, that’s pretty deep stuff.  And you know what, on ancient Indian sculptures, you can see gods and demi-gods wearing the Kharams.  Why of course, because the Indians believe that whoever wears these Kharams, are generally on the right path of righteousness and purification.

Err… yeah, maybe one should really try and do one’s yoga more regularly first before trying out any Kharams.   Wonder if Angela Simmons would wear them.  Anyway, the next shoes are…

cloud-climbing-shoes

You might think: Okay… this is some serious platform shoes.  They’re towering up to the sky and don’t look very stable.  Turns out that these shoes came from ancient China. They’re called “Cloud-climbing” shoes, and are common within the Manchu imperial court ladies.  The high platforms of the shoes are deemed to be enough for climbing clouds and standing on clouds.  They’re usually 12 centimeters in height and the platforms are made from wood.  The inner soles are covered with  a layer of cowhide.  The upper parts features a royal cloud embroidery on expensive silks.  Back then, these kind of shoes were only worn by royalties!

And if you think that crazy thick platforms are weird, check out these shoes:

shoes-with-flower-pot-soles

In a glance, they look like very trendy ankle booties.  But nooooo people, these shoes are the “Flower Pot” shoes. Also used to be worn by the ancient Manchu women, these shoes are the “it” thing to wear back then, with long robes.  The unique hoof-shaped soles will produce rhytmic sounds and it’s believed that snakes and insects will shun away when hearing the walking sounds.  History can say anything they wanna say, but from where I’m sitting, it might be kinda hard to go camping with those shoes.  But they’re beautiful nonetheless.

And last but not least, dubbed the PastryShoesCollection.com’s favorite unique shoes:

paper-shoes

Very cute aren’t they?

The downside part is, you can’t wear them because they’re made from paper and actually an artwork, created by an English artist: Jennifer Collier.  In this exhibit in Rochester, England, she featured non-functional dresses and shoes made from unconventional materials.  She even scours markets, charity shops, fruit and vegetable stalls and pound shops to find the materials to create her fabulous art.  It’s a way of reduce, reuse and recycle!

So from all the shoes above: which ones would you wear, Pastryheads?

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11 Responses to “Weirdest, Wildest Shoes from All Over the World”

 Kid_K  07.17.2009 | 12:42 pm

I don't think you have to ask if anyone would wear these shoes i'm sure the answer would be NOOOOO!!!…that 2nd pic doesn't even look like shoes…

 sugar  07.18.2009 | 10:19 am

now those shoes are really cute

 nettie  07.18.2009 | 12:16 pm

id wear the newz paper shoes

 tinkerboo4eva12  07.18.2009 | 12:35 pm

wow those r some weird lookin shoes

 Dominique_  07.18.2009 | 7:43 pm

weird lolz

 Shamicsha R Lamb  07.20.2009 | 8:38 am

I love your shoes but the only problem is I'm a size 12ww and I alot of troble finding a girly sneaker. Ever time I buy a new shoe it's boy because I can't any of the girl sneaker,

 MR T  07.19.2010 | 1:54 pm

OMG

 manuel  11.4.2010 | 6:26 pm

sicka than a mothafacka

 TheSmartyPants  01.1.2011 | 1:21 pm

did u kno tht the flower pot shoes, ladies had surgery, or broke their foot to fit in it? courtesy of ripleys believe it or not in st. augustine florida.

 luti  03.1.2011 | 5:44 pm

the last shoes were soooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!

 Ovadozz  08.11.2011 | 10:18 pm

Hey those are some shoe they got

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