Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, aka East London-based artists Fantich & Young, might just have created world’s wackiest shoe. Behold the Alfa Oxford. And no, your eyes are not deceiving you: They come embellished with around 1,200 teeth, which are embedded into the soles — with the odd gold-plated variant offering a heavy metal edge.
The husband-and-wife duo has something of a tooth fetish when it comes to its artwork, but this is one of the couple’s best-known pieces. It hails from their Apex Predator | Darwinian Voodoo collection, which is inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection.
“Wearing shoes is a privilege and luxury of the human race,” they note. Hence the name, Apex Predator: Animals that are at the top of their food chain who have no predators of their own.
Their work, they added, “aims to skewer symbolic, ready-made materials and subvert their meaning and relationship to each other.” The shoes, which take seven days to make, feature dentures that are sourced from China. They are available to purchase on the duo’s website for $6,000.
The artists do point out, though, that the work is a fine-art project, and the shoes were “not designed for everyday wear.” Instead, they are “aimed at the discerning client with the taste for power and exclusivity.” (Just for the record, though, the pair in question is a U.K. size 15.)