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Cardboard Couture

When InventorSpot compiled a list of the top ten strangest shoes, these cardboard numbers by Mike Leavitt caught Counterfeit Chic's eye -- and not only because of the meticulous craftsmanship.  It seems that the artist is making a statement about art, commerce, and the branded products we love.  Or used to love, before we all stopped shopping.  According to his press release:

In his work, a cheap, disposable material comprises an expensive product, similar to the manufacture of boutique footwear. His cardboard shoes suggest commercial viability is now an urgent reality. 

But will Nike, Puma, Adidas, Converse, New Balance, Vans, Fila, and even Crocs appreciate Leavitt's title admonition, "Don't Stop Object Shopping"?  Drop by his thrift shop-style installation at Fuse Gallery in New York between March 21 and April 18 to find out. 

 Cardboard Puma

Cardboard Chuck Taylor

 Cardboard Croc

And, of course, to answer the next question:  If the shoes are cardboard, what are the boxes made of?