Thursday, March 24, 2011

hoofin' it - literally

by frédérik sisa

All right, so I apologize for the lack of a substantive post this week. As the saying goes, sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you. I'm sure the cold, nippy weather in normally nice and sunny Southern California has something to do with it.

I didn't want to leave you with nothing, however, so here's an interesting item for your consideration. And by interesting, I mean interesting: a pair of £1,300 designer shoes shaped like horse's hooves called "Horseshoes for Humans." Why? Apparently to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Hunt in Cheltenham, England...and to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Charity. Who? A team of designers on behalf of betting company Betfair. Materials used include carbon fibre for the "hooves" and up to 5,000 individual horse hairs. I'll give the design credit; it's as far from fetishwear pony boots as you could get with the concept. There's a certain whimsy to it. And you have to admire the fact that they plunked a pair of those shoes on a guy. I don't what to make of it, but I admire it.

So what do you think? Fun? Creepy? Worth shelling out $2,100 the name of charity? Discuss below!

Note: This post brought you to courtesy of the BBC and Small World News Service. Image from SWNS is for illustrative purposes only. If the copyright holder wants me to take it down, I will.

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