Get ready for some of the craziest shoes in the world!
A friend turned me on to this incredible shoe designer Kobi Levi and only later after gawking at his designs did I realize he was Israeli.
His mission? To create a wearable sculpture.
“In my artistic footwear design the shoe is my canvas. The trigger to create a new piece comes when an idea, a concept and/or an image comes to mind. The combination of the image and footwear creates a new hybrid and the design/concept comes to life,” he says.
I thought the only shoe “artist” was Christian Louboutin but after taking a peek at some of these stunning beauties, I realized that there was another architect in our midst. Kobi Levi’s shoe concepts are outrageous, humorous, and avant-garde.
In his collection, a banana peel slip-on shoe, square heels shaped to look like two cats going at it, his popular chewing gum heels (arched to look like someone just stepped in gum, it’s actually attached to the heel), his dog heels with a stiletto shaped like dog ears, a sling shot shoe, and yes, more than one pair of skin-colored XXX shoes with heels that look like men and women’s private parts, his sport elegant, androygyne, and sport elegant shoes, and more.
I won’t go on for too much longer as Kobi’s amazing creations speak for themselves.
Kobi Levi graduated from Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art & Design which is one of two top design schools in Israel (the other of course being Shenkar School of Engineering & Design in Ramat Gan.) He currently works as a freelance footwear designer and is working on a men’s shoe line in Tel Aviv. He has also worked on industrial footwear in China, Brazil, and Italy and has had exhibitions in Tokyo, Verona, Berlin, and other international sights around the world.
All pieces are handmade in his studio.
He certainly bridges the gap between fashion and art. I compare him to designers like Hussein Chalayan, who wowed viewers in 2000 with his inspirational, innovative, and architectural ability to turn tables and chairs into skirts and garments.