Outfeet | Haute Macabre


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I am fascinated by prosthetic legs. From old antique ones to Alexander McQueen’s hand-carved wooden boots, there is something about prostheses that screams to me of a post-biological future. From the first time I saw the Flex-Foot Cheetah and realized that prostheses could be faster than real legs, to waking up hung over on Samantha’s couch to the sight of her hairless cat dragging Amina Munster’s tattooed showpiece across the living room floor, from pirates to cyborgs, I love the idea of being able to change your body to suit your wants and needs.

If your wants include high heels and you happen to be short a foot, science has finally caught up to fashion. With adjustable arches and attachable heels in a range of heights, and a variety of creative “skins”, the next generation of prostheses kicks ass.

Erin is a web developer and lover of tiny dogs, ghost stories, and too much eyeliner.

10 Comment

  1. With all due respect, Kiersten [ and Penny, by proxy — if . . . you’ll excuse how absurd that sounds ] :

    This is a fashion blog in which very little is practical. The name of the blog itself — a portmanteau of haute couture and macabre [ or “Goth” ] aesthetics — implies an interest in the adverse. Whether it’s a jacket on which 50 pounds has been added via a profusion of metal spikes, six inch stilettos [ sans ‘platform’ toe ] for which fetishists have an interest not only because of the precarious nature presented but also the thrill that accompanies discipline; ditto, shift in posture and protrusion of derriere . . .

    Tight-laced corsetry. Ornate headpieces. Constricting harnesses, ad nauseam. Any of the aforementioned could be — and often is — fodder for ridicule.

    Nevertheless, while I understand how one might find offense in terms of a plausible fetishization [ slash-objectification ], please note that the writer states “If your wants include . . . ”

    Said another way? What’s presented here is an option. Five of them, actually — contrary to the single design [ the raised heel ] of which Penny voiced opposition, there are three other designs pictured that are, indeed, “flats.”

    The fifth option? None of the above.

    I do not mean to seem pat; moreover, I hope my simplification of the matter is not perceived as insensitive to the feelings of anyone who took offense to a statement that seemed/seems reductive, a hasty generalization, and/or the implication that any human being is a cyborg.

    Insofar as the wooden prosthetics Alexander McQueen hand-carved for double-amputee model, actress and athlete Aimee Mullins to wear in his S/S ’99 collection, I have to disagree : 15 years later, and not only do I still find them fascinating ; they’re a brilliant amalgamation of exquisitely-rendered objets d’art with the utilitarian.

    And the hyper-hyphenate for whom they were created? Among my short list of those held in high regard, the type of person I esteem to be :

    [ a quote ]

    “There’s an important difference and distinction between the objective medical fact of my being an amputee and the subjective societal opinion of whether or not I’m disabled. Truthfully, the only real and consistent disability I’ve had to confront is the world ever thinking that I could be described by those definitions.”

    [ another ]

    “Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do. Nobody calls her disabled.”
    Aimee Mullins


    Best Regards,

  2. This is ridiculous! I have lost a leg and I am insulted by this article and the comments. I’m not a cyborg and prosthetic leg is not fascinating. It’s extremely painful and changes your entire life. This leg you have pictured is very impractical. Yeah let’s add some more pain!! NOT. You should be appalled at yourselves.

  3. …really.

    When high heels have been linked to countless back and bone-related medical conditions, I’m not sure opening them up to this new demographic is the best idea. Plenty of attractive flat shoes out there right now – especially motorcycle boots.

    And heaven forbid you lose a limb and get compared to a cyborg in a style post.

  4. Loved this entry and links. Thanks. I’m tracking all sorts of adaptive technologies, including prosthetics—especially of the unexpected sort. Imaginative, critical, scientifically sophisticated, all of it. Best wishes to you!

  5. I bet those cost an arm and a leg! Sorry…

    Seriously, I’m a big fan of cyborgs as well, and I have no doubt that artificial limbs and the like are only going to become more sought-after, more complex and more stylish.

    It’s a cliche I know, but this is one area where I think science fact is rapidly catching up with science fiction.

    Cool stuff thanks for sharing!