Just like the dark web, footwear also has its dark underbelly. Or maybe that should be under sole. Anyway, to prove a point, I’ve rounded up a selection of the most bizarre shoes that have walked the runway during Paris Fashion Week.

Let’s start with Off-White. Virgil Abloh’s cutout meteor boots weren’t so strange in themselves. But then we learned that in addition to drawing inspiration from the crater a large space rock creates when it hits landfall, there was a secondary reference, Wisconsin cheese. Well, exactly.


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A model wearing Off-White Meteor boots at the spring ’20 show.
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A close-up of the spring ’20 Off-White Meteor boots.
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Thom Browne, the self-styled Dali of the fashion world, brought us a trompe l’oeil platform brogue. They’re an optical illusion and also look like a dolphin depending on your viewpoint.


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A model prepares for the Thom Brown spring ’20 show.
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A close-up of the dolphin pedestal shoes at the Thom Browne spring ’20 show.
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Staying with aquatic vibes is the new offering from Balenciaga footwear designer David Beauciel. It involves a toe box that’s a cross between a platypus and a diver’s flipper, but if that doesn’t float your boat, try a sequined body suit-boot in a tiger stripe pattern. It comes in both gold and red.


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A model wearing extreme square boots at the Balenciaga spring ’20 show.
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A model wearing a jumpsuit with shoes attached at the Balenciaga spring ’20 show.
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Finally, the thigh-high boots at Kimhekim came embellished with hundreds of the brand’s clothing tags. Designer Kiminte Kimhekim is a Balenciaga alumnus, so we would expect nothing less.


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A model wearing label-ladened thigh-high boots at the Kimhekim spring ’20 show.
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A close-up of thigh-high boots at the Kimhekim spring ’20 show.
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See more of the craziest shoes on Paris Fashion Week’s spring 2020 runways.

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