The World's First Back-To-Front Shoe
This is, in fact, the world's first back-to-front shoe, courtesy of designer Marc Jacobs. The Marc Jacobs shoe twist turns conventional fashion (not to mention orthopedic) wisdom on its head and places the heel at the front.
A chunky, four-inch heel nestles horizontally just under the ball of the foot. Where you'd expect a heel, there is nothing but fresh air. The centre of gravity therefore is somewhere under the arch of the foot, forcing the whole body to tilt forward.
The effort of staying upright in them will be the equivalent of an advanced level Pilates class. Relax, try to lean back on your heels, and you'll fall backwards. The must-have accessory to match the shoe then ought to be a crash helmet.
To buy into the trend will cost you £270 ($540) for a plain pair and £330 ($660) for a more elaborate design decorated with metal swirls and Swarovski crystals.
They are part of the American designer's 2008 collection, which attracted mixed reviews at New York fashion week.
Tags: Heels | Shoe | Back-To-Front