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  • 12 March 2012, 16:21

Designer makes shoes from horses' hooves

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A German designer has created a bizarre new range of shoes - from dead animal parts.

Iris Schieferstein, 45, spends months creating high heel horse hooves, stilettos from snake skins and sandals sculpted from doves.

Ms Schieferstein, who designed a pair of horse hooves for Lady Gaga, sells the shoes for up to 3,900.

She collects the dead animals from her local butcher in Berlin, then spends a week stripping out the meat and bones from the animal's feet before the skin is sent to a tanner to be preserved.

The sculptor then sets the skin - complete with fur still in place - around a shoe model before doing any needlework to add insoles and lining.

She said: "I love horses and I love shoes so I thought this would be perfect. Horses have a beautiful walk and I wanted to recreate that with my footwear.

"Creating the shoes is ugly work, taking the meat out is not nice, like any taxidermy. When I began working with dead animals I would pick them up from the street.

"But they are protected by the government in Germany, and so after ten years they tried to put me in prison. Now I use my butcher.

"Once the shoes are made I wear them to make sure they work, although they would not be suitable to wear around the house."