The Most Extreme Shoes Ever Created

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From Alexander McQueen's Armadillo shoes, to Julian Hake's Mojito, these are the most extreme shoes to ever walk the earth...

Whether they’re covered in spikes, dangerously high, or just plain painful, some seriously extreme shoe styles have walked this earth over the years.

Designers have long sought to experiment with out-there new ideas, some of which (like giant flatforms) have broken through to the mainstream trend-sphere, while some have really just broken our ankles.

From Chinese foot-binding to curling great Medieval winkle pickers, ancient cultures loved an extreme shoe shape, often completely disabling their feet for the love of fashion.

Christian Louboutin and Alexander McQueen have both attempted to break records with height, while Naomi Campbell’s towering Vivienne Westwood platforms were almost the cause of her (literal) career downfall back in 1992.

But extreme footwear doesn’t always mean scary, unwearable footwear. Some of the most beautiful creations have come from out-there ideas. You’ve got to admit that, while they might not look like shoes you can exactly run for miles in, architect Julian Hakes’ 3D printed ‘Mojito’ mules, left, sure do make for a stunning sculptural object?

Here, we chart the most extreme shoe designs ever created.

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