So ridiculous, they’re funny

Is this not the most over-the-top description of shoes that you’ve ever read?

A new fashion exhibition focusing on conceptual, artistic, and extreme footwear, aims to reevaluate the occult power and mystery of shoes … these innovative and radical designs aim to defy space, anatomy, and gravity, pivoting around sculptural methods and blending traditional craft and nontraditional materials … this exhibition creates a meandering journey between the ephemeral and the perennial, the beautiful and the painful, the mythology and reality of some of the most charged and coveted objects in fashion history.

Ridiculous!  And they look even worse than the description.

If shoes have ‘occult power’, surely they can heel what ails you? And is a shoe still a shoe if it can’t be worn without serious risk of injury?



  1. I used to work with a middle-aged lady who occasionally would look at some of the contraptions that women young enough to be her daughter's were wearing on their feet and say in her best and loudest "mother's voice":

    "Looks like someone's going on a trip…to the emergency room"

  2. That description is called "Artspeak", and examples of it proliferate wherever there is an art show, usually in describing either an exhibit or an artists "vision". It is similar in intent to Legalese, in that the main purpose is to baffle with bullshit.

  3. "And is a shoe still a shoe if it can't be worn without serious risk of injury?"

    To the wearer or to someone else? 🙂

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