Fashion duo Hannah Rose Dalton and Steven Raj Bhaskaran of Montreal-based Fecal Matter are known for their bizarre and otherworldly visuals of alien-like beings on the streets which they post to their Instagram page. But this time they have baffled fashion fans from all over.
One of their most controversial looks was a digitally altered pair of foot-like shoes that were featured in Vogue magazine. In reality, the heels were prosthetics that had been positioned into an en pointe position using Photoshop. “Everyone was like, ‘Is it Photoshopped? Is it not Photoshopped?’ We wanted to put it out in real life,” said Bhaskaran. Then came the real-life “Skin Heels” which were created by artist Sarah Sitkin.
The thigh-high silicon footwear is so realistic it even bears moles, has little hairs, and uneven skin tones resembling the Fecal Matter co-founder, Dalton’s, actual leg. They are a physical incarnation of what Fecal Matter believes humans might look like as a result of social media ideals, of course apart from the alien features.
One fan wrote, “Oh my goodness I’m obsessed where can I get a pair of the shoes????” Another was confused by the unusual fashion item, “I had to stare at this for so long to understand.” A third fan wrote, “I always thought this was photoshop but it’s even more badass that they’re real shoes.”
“The shoe is like when you are going to Chanel to get a wedding dress. You get the fittings and the customizations. For even me to get the shoe, I have to stand and each of my legs has to be perfectly molded,” Hannah told Vogue.
Before you dream of getting your hands on a pair and fooling the world that you are walking barefoot when really not an ounce of dirt is touching your soles, then you might want to consider that purchasing a pair of these “Skin Heels” will set you back a whopping $10,000.
Luckily, the duo is planning to make a cheaper and more accessible version of these heels, though maybe a little more practical, “We’re thinking pumps,” said Bhaskaran.