5 Shoes So Weird We Had To Have Them

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Sick of all your shoes? Why not choose something a bit wackier?
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Let’s face it, everyday footwear can be a bit boring. From the sensible black pumps you wear to work to the ballet shoes which are many women’s weekend staples and the trainers you wear to the gym, we often buy shoes which are practical and let the other items in our wardrobes do the talking.

But every now and again, a new shoe hits the shelves which is so weird and wacky, we just have to have a pair –even if we doubt our ability to walk in them. We take a look at some of the most ‘out there’ shoes of recent years
Can you dance to Wannabe in these babies?
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Platform trainers

If you were a teenager in the 1990's then there is no doubt you owned a pair of Spice Girls-inspired platform trainers. Buffalo were the brand favoured by Baby, Scary, Ginger and co and the thicker the sole the better, with some coming in at around the 6-inch mark. They may not have been the easiest to walk in, but most tweens could manage the dance moves to Wannabe while rocking a pair.
And the good news for all 90s fans is that in recent years the platform trainer has had something of a revival in the form of slightly more discreet ‘flatform trainers’.

Jellies - the perfect summer shoe
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Jellies - the perfect summer shoe

Jelly shoes

Jelly shoes are perfect for paddling in the sea, but they don’t just belong on the beach. These bright sandals are now a summer style staple for women of any age. You can opt for a classic flat version, heels or even wedges in pretty much any colour you can think of.
Even designers have embraced jelly shoes with Michael Kors, Gucci and Jean Paul Gaultier including jellies in their collections in the past.

 
Heel-less shoes defy gravity
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Heel-less shoes defy gravity

Heel-less shoes

You may think all shoes need a heel and toe, but you’d be wrong. A number of daring designers have opted to create gravity-defying shoes which don’t have a heel.
Heel-less shoes actually date back to the 1600's and originated in Venice where women opted for the unusual footwear to elevate themselves above the dusty streets. Antonio Beradi is credited with bringing the trend into the 21st century in summer 2008, creating a heel-less sandal which was snapped up by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow. Since then Alexander McQueen, Nina Ricci and Jeffrey Campbell have all put their own stamp on heel-less shoes and hundreds of versions have popped up on the high street.
Arguably the most daring heel-less shoes are the nine-inch numbers Japanese designer Noritaka Tatehana created for Lady Gaga.

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Extreme platforms

Footwear for the truly adventurous comes in the form of extreme platforms.  The World Record for the highest platforms is held by Indian designer James Syiemiong and stands at an impossibly high 20 inches, while Alexander McQueen has sent Heidi Klum down the catwalk in 12-inch platform boots.
If you feel like adding a few inches to your height, the highest heels on the high street, coming in at a massive 9 inches, were launched in 2010. With heels so high, you need a chunky platform at the front of the shoe to keep your foot in the right position – for nine inch heels, the platform would be around 5 inches. Iron Fist has a whole range of platform shoes with statement prints featuring everything from Care Bears to Skulls.

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Dance the night away in some disco boots
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Disco boots

Glittery platform disco boots with a high, wide heel were the footwear of choice for men and women boogying the night away in the 1970's. The bolder and more eye catching the boots and the higher and chunkier the heels, the better. As platforms became more popular, the designs became more bizarre, with psychedelic colours and novelty boots with see through heels filled with shells, dice and even live fish could be spotted on the dance floor at any local disco.

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