Sculptural heels: Wearable art on your feet

The resurgence of sculptural heels this season is the doing of nouveau shoe designer Simon Porte Jacquemus. He brought freshness to these footwear with his designs featuring mismatched, geometric heels — much like wearable art. Below, the designers that present the best in footwear architecture, from pared back to over the top styles. Its time to put your best foot forward.



Of course, Jacquemus’ shoes come first in this list. Despite the deconstructed shapes and exaggerated tailoring of his clothing, his sculptural heels grounds his quirky-cool aesthetic.

These square-toed suede heels may look like your average strappy heels from the front, but look closer. Resembling classic candelabras, these green and blue 110mm ornament heels are artfully mismatched to make a subtle statement.

Modern art and architecture are what inspired London-based womenswear label Rejina Pyo. This is especially evident in the Barbara Zig Zag heels.

The shoes are crafted from a luxurious brown leather with a sumptuous embossed crocodile effect. Black suede ribbon ties give the shoes a girly contrast to the zig zag structure of the heels, which give the shoes an almost severe, geometric effect.



An icon was created the day Cult Gaia released its Ark Bag. Now that the obsession has simmered down, the brand is putting its other designs in the spotlight including shoes.

In classic Cult Gaia style, the Jilla Sandal is casual-cool. Versatile and easy-to-wear, this design features a hand-carved ball on each shoe, which gives the shoe the lift it needs.

These canvas pumps combine the season’s hottest trends: Logos and sculptural designs. The heels are essentially gold cylinders — a sharp contrast to the soft suede body of the pumps that are emblazoned with the label’s logo, as well as the soft suede wraps that keep the shoes secure.

Independent designer Yuul Yie is going places. The Korean designer has a cult following for good reason— her designs are fresh, modern and often unexpected.

These slingbacks are your classics with a twist — a shiny large pearl piercing the heel in the middle.

Of course, the most iconic sculptural heels have to be Saint Laurent’s Opyum pumps. The slip on-style pumps crafted in black calf leather come with a pointed toe style, and stand  on its focal point: The metal interlocking signature logo heel.