Unless you’ve been staying away from your computer, you would’ve already come across these very weird yet absolutely amazing shoes from Kobi Levi on the web by now.
And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would’ve already seen or at least heard “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, the video of which one of Kobi Levi’s own bizarre-o designs makes an appearance right on the very feet of LG herself (double boots with the toe in front and in the back, anyone?).
One look at Kobi Levi’s shoes is all it takes to understand why the Israeli footwear designer is getting all this attention (and a much sought-after and highly paid for celebrity endorsement to boot). Kobi Levi’s footwear designs are very unusual, wonderfully whimsical and, in their own crazy, unique and humoristic way, are also unexpectedly beautiful.
Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi
Kobi Levi graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 2001. In his CNN interview, he says he has been studying fine arts since fourth grade and found that footwear always somehow makes its way into his sketches, drawing and sculptures.
Now currently working as a freelance designer focusing on footwear design and development, Kobi Levi has already collaborated with many Israeli and international companies, designed commercial footwear for many different countries, and presented his designs in exhibitions all around the globe.
Still he says he ‘s not making money off these shoes nor is he out to make money off of them.
Would you buy or wear any of Kobi Levi’s shoes?
Take a look at part 1 of Kobi Levi’s wearable sculptures or “shoe creatures” as he likes to call them. We’ve arranged them according to inspiration because for us, that’s the only way to make any sense out of them.
Inspired by everyday things and everyday situations
Market Trolley shoe, 1998
Market shoe, 1998
Rocking Chair shoe, 2003
Kobi Levi Chewing Gum shoe, 2009
Slide shoe, 2010
Slingshot shoe, 2010
Contemporary Chinese shoe (chopstick stilettos), 2011
Ordinary shoe styles with an unexpected twist
Double Boot, 2000 (As worn by Lady Gaga and Racquel Zimmerman in the “Born This Way” video)
Sport Elegant shoe, 2001
Androgyne shoe, 2002
Mother & Daughter shoe, 2011
We hope you’re ready to check out part 2!
Credit: Kobi Levi