Designing avant-garde shoes is very much a work of greater ingenuity than one thinks. After all, these pairs of shoes stand out from the rest for their odd craftsmanship and details in every aspect. Needless to say, one feels curious enough to design such footwear to bring out their eccentric beauty as to how they can be turned into breathtaking works of art just by pushing the limits. In fact, the wearability factor is also a major part of this artwork. Fully well-versed at this artistic work are two famous avant-garde footwear designers, Masaya Kushino from Japan and Kobi Levi from Israel, whose collections are believed to be nothing more than priceless collectibles. Their creations capture the essence of innovative shoe designs that are unmatched in quality. Which of these shoes is Brad Pitt’s favourite? Masaya Kushino View this post on Instagram A post shared by masayakushino (@masayakushino) on Dec 21, 2018 at 5:46am PST Before starting his career as a shoe designer, he designed clothes for a short period of time. This didn’t appeal to Kushino at all, leading him to abandon it for good. “I began to look at the world of footwear with a clear picture. It was more reflective of my untapped potential than what relationship I’ve had with clothes. When shoes are made, their shapes evolve on their own. They’re more like statues,” he says. View this post on Instagram A post shared by masayakushino (@masayakushino) on Apr 21, 2020 at 5:24am PDT He believes designing provocative and otherworldly types of shoes is his way of making things happen and lets his strong curiosity toward anything in shape come to life. “I simply love to embrace challenges as they drive me to do what I do best. I made up my mind for shoe design in the end because I was bored with the trends of footwear design since they lacked a touch of originality,” Kushino says. Look as cool as Kylie Jenner in new slippers from Gucci and Hermès Though the shoes might be portrayed as comfortable to put on, they aren’t for daily use. As he explains, “When I try to think of myself as a fashion designer, I have to create shoes with comfort as the superseding factor. However, as an artist, I just keep that thought at bay while designing.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by masayakushino (@masayakushino) on Apr 18, 2020 at 10:19pm PDT Kushino primarily banks upon his intuition while making shoes that are applauded for their artistic splendour and scientific benchmark. “Each designed shoe by me is a one-of-a-kind creation because it involves a lot of research on materials that I use to make each pair,” he says. View this post on Instagram A post shared by masayakushino (@masayakushino) on May 31, 2020 at 6:16pm PDT It’s no wonder that museums and art galleries such as the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and MUDAC (Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Switzerland) all have been bowled over by his avant-garde shoe designs. They have promoted his shoes extensively by exhibiting them. “I feel absolutely rewarded by their love of my work,” he says. Golden heels? World’s most expensive shoes cost US$20 million Kobi Levi View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kobi Levi (@kobilevidesign) on May 14, 2020 at 12:21pm PDT Levi looks at life as a curious person, always questioning why things look the way they are, how they can be so different and be more fun at the same time in addition to their original purpose. Motivated strongly by this stance, he started to design shoes that today are easily categorised as out of the box. “I saw in shoes wearable sculptures with interesting shapes, and I was intuitively attracted to footwear,” he says. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kobi Levi (@kobilevidesign) on Mar 24, 2020 at 4:52am PDT What makes his shoes highly special is that he treats them as a form of wearable art which is ultimately what makes the biggest difference, and sets them apart from a commercial design approach. “Each design is a star in its own and doesn’t mean to complete a total look, but rather create and lead the look that follows it. My shoe creations take inspiration from different things such as animals, nature, objects, everyday situations, people, or life itself on the whole. So nothing in them looks like a ‘normal’ shoe unless an iconic shoe is the inspiration behind a wearable art,” he says. View this post on Instagram Double Boots Paparazzi! designed in 1999 worn by @ladygaga in 2011 and now exhibited at ShoeSstories, Edmond Dr Rothschild Center, TLV @fashion.bezalel #kobilevi #kobilevidesign #stilletos #shoes #shoeshow #heels #boots A post shared by Kobi Levi (@kobilevidesign) on Dec 19, 2018 at 1:02pm PST Talking about what the future holds for avant-garde shoes, Levi explains, “Avant-garde creations find and create their own niche, their own world in museums, galleries, art collections and selected boutiques both in ‘reality’ as well as online. Artistic designs are completely different than commercial products in every aspect.” Why is Gucci pairing stockings with haute couture this season? His designed shoes have been a source of attraction in galleries around the world, and for which he feels extremely happy. “I’ve had solo exhibitions as well as group exhibitions in Northampton Shoe Museum and Art Gallery, UK, Museu du Calcado-Sao Joao De Madeira, Portugal, APM shopping centre Hong Kong and Shanghai, Parasol Projects NYC, Boca-Raton FL USA, Mudec Museum, Milan, Grassi Museum Leipzig, Germany, Stadtmuseum Munich and many more,” Levi says. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kobi Levi (@kobilevidesign) on May 15, 2018 at 8:32am PDT While he thinks any person can find his work suitable for their personality and self-expression, celebrities have shown a great deal of interest in his shoes too. “Lady Gaga wore a pair of boots designed by me. Whoopi Goldberg still wears a selection of styles, and Fergie wore my “Chewing Gum” heels and I made a special design for Netta Barzilai, a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018,” he says. “I just feel proud.” Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .