The Stuff of Life: Kobi Levi's Wearable Sculptures

By Miriam Krule

It might not seem possible, but these shoes from a Tel Aviv-based designer really are made to be worn

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Kobi Levi has always been fascinated by the shapes and forms of footwear. During high school he made shoe models out of cardboard, and in college he learned the more technical aspects from "old-school" masters. He's come a long way since cardboard, using mostly environmentally friendly materials to transform shoes into what he refers to as "wearable sculptures."

A graduate of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Levi personally designs and creates all his shoes by hand in his Tel Aviv studio. While they may not look it, he claims that his shoes are meant to be worn: "It is important to me that my artistic shoes will be wearable and well crafted and not become toys." If you don't believe him, just ask Lady Gaga. She's a fan and even wore a pair of his boots in her Born This Way video.

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Images: Courtesy of Kobi Levi

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