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Shoe sculpture

Think chopstick stilettos, peep toes with wagging tongues and birds transformed into footwear. Bizarre but brilliant, we can’t help but be in awe of these inventive shoe designs. Using the shoe as his canvas, Israeli designer Kobi Levi has a knack for out-of-the-ordinary footwear design. He has created commercial shoes in Italy, China and Brazil, showcased his designs in exhibitions across the globe, and is currently putting the final touches on his women’s shoe line in Tel-Aviv. Kobi graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem in 2001 and has since developed an eye for transformative footwear. All hand-made in his studio, the shoes are meant to convey some humour and make a point of straying from usual shoe-making conventions. Each pair is a special hybrid of design and concept and are sometimes tricky to bring to life in a way that works. Kobi describes the end result as “wearable sculpture” that is “alive” and works in a symbiotic way with either the body or foot. We like the idea of shoes being more than just a practical item of dress and more of a work of art! And although practicality is hardly one of Kobi's concerns, we think it would be rather fun to slip on a pair of Olive Oyl’s as a conversation-starter.