Look: Taxidermy Shoes Are a Thing

Would you want to wear dead birds on your feet? Fashion-loving taxidermist Divya Anantharaman may or may not care whether or not that's an option people want to have, but she is designing shoes made out of taxidermy just in case.
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Would you want to wear dead birds on your feet? Fashion-loving taxidermist Divya Anantharaman may or may not care whether or not that's an option people want to have, but she is designing shoes made out of taxidermy just in case.
Photo: Bedford + Bowery

Photo: Bedford + Bowery

Would you want to wear dead birds on your feet?

Fashion-loving taxidermist Divya Anantharaman may or may not care whether or not that's an option people want to have, but she is designing shoes made out of taxidermy just in case.

Anantharaman hunts, kills, and prepares the animals herself, as has been documented on My Strange Addiction (spoiler: her addiction was dead animals), 24 Hour Catwalk (which she won), and Vice. While her focus has primarily been on decorative taxidermy, she's recently turned her talents to footwear.

And it sounds like she means business. Her decision to move into footwear wasn't frivolous. According to Bedford and Bowery, she studied fashion and sculpture at Pratt and worked as a freelance footwear designer. After designing the shoes, she has the sketches sent to a cobbler in London. Pictured above is her first finished pair, which feature silver scales, a six-inch heel, and real dead sparrows. Prices are expected to be in the $2,500 to $3,000 range.

Yep, this is just the first of a whole footwear line Anantharaman plans to put out, so, look forward to that. We could see some really creative NYFW presentations happening with this. And some really angry PETA people.

What do you think: Is Anantharaman out of her mind or could this up-and-comer go on to become fashion's next favorite collaborator or a CFDA Incubatee?

As Nora pointed out, "Aren't all shoes made out of dead animals?"