We talk a lot on this blog about how teetering around all day in towering Christian Louboutins can exacerbate foot problems like bunions or hammer toe. But the shoes he's got displayed at the London Design Museum look like they're capable of far more than causing foot pain – some of them look like they could kill a man.
The Huffington Post, along with other media outlets, reported on the exhibit, which features metallic heels with spikes jutting out of the back, stilettos with spikes in place of a platform and sandals with a broken cage over the forefoot.
"While admiring the beautiful works of shoe art that were on display in London, we couldn't help but notice how dangerous some of the Louboutins shoes are!" the HuffPo reported. "Yes, dangerous, and we're not talking because of the heel size."
The exhibit runs until July 9, and also includes displays on how Louboutin's design process works and shoe production, from the making of a prototype to mass production in a factory.
UK news source Metro reported on the exhibit as well, touting it as a presentation of "burlesque, circus, sex and bondage."
"Carousels, mirrored shelves (to reflect back Louboutin's signature red soles) and velvet frame 200 of his creations, in segments that examine his devotion to artisanal skills, the chaos of his work space and the building of a shoe," the Metro reported.
At the end of the exhibit, patrons are treated to a hologram performance by burlesque star Dita Von Teese.
While promoting the show, Louboutin spoke to Reuters about his ongoing legal battle with Yves St. Laurent over his trademarked red sole featured on every pair of his footwear. A judge has ruled that Louboutin doesn't have a right to monopolize the use of cherry-hued soles, and the designer subsequently filed an appeal. The suit is still in the Court of Appeals.
The designer also told Reuters addressed his previous comments that high heels are supposed to be painful, and that women who can't handle the discomfort shouldn't wear the towering footwear.
"When I do a shoe, I don't want to evoke comfort…saying that suffering to be beautiful, it doesn't work. It doesn't give you nice smiles, that's a sure thing," said Louboutin, quoted by Reuters.