With their long fleshy heels, horned protrusions, and human-like toes resting on a strange, upside-down platform, Fecal Matter’s “skin heels” have certainly elicited a reaction.
The shocking thigh-boots, which have been molded to resemble a human leg and foot with obvious modifications, was created by Montreal-based designers Hannah Rose Dalton and Steven Raj Bhaskaran.
“The intention behind the shoe is really to question what it means to be human,” Bhaskaran explained during a telephone interview with CTVNews.ca on Tuesday. “We’ve always been fascinated by the human body and experimenting with what that could look like.”
The silicone skin-like shoes were sculpted to resemble every detail of Dalton’s feet and legs to blend in to her body. It took months to perfect the boots, which Bhaskaran explains is the reason for the footwear’s expensive price tag – a whopping $10,000.
“It is a jaw-dropping number, $10,000 for a pair of shoes, but the thing is, it is a sculpture,” said Bhaskaran, who is non-binary.
The pair met each other while they were attending a fashion program at LaSalle College four years ago. Since then, Bhaskaran said they’ve been inseparable.
“It was the first time that I’ve met somebody who didn’t judge me and I didn’t judge Hannah,” they said. “We bonded over a lot of the aspects we don’t like about fashion, so in terms of the overconsumption, child labour, a lot of really horrifying things that goes on behind the fashion industry.”