Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures

When it comes to getting rid of an old pair of shows what do you do with them? Do you make a planter like those seen in my post “Top 10 Shoe Planters” or do you just give them away to charity? Well, today we are going to meet Gwen Murphy who doesn’t do either of those things. In fact, she transforms old shoes into amazing works of art…

 


Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures


 

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

10 – Teacher
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All these shoes by Gwen Murphy are part of her collection of shoe artworks called “Foot Fetish” because she loves shoes and I would imagine so did the owner of these shoes.

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

9 – Tired
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Sometimes scary, and sometimes rather odd. You can really see that the artist doesn’t just work with these old shoes as a medium but as a life-long fascination and it really shows.

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

8 – Home Alone
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I would have said that these were the slippers from an old man, but it goes to show I just don’t study and understand shoes quite as much as the artist does.

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

7 – Red Faced
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For my money, I would like to bet that the artist has got the owner of these shoe spot on. From the pouting face to the red style. These are almost definitely the shoes of a upper-class person.

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

6 – Native?
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Now I could wrong here, but I get the feeling that the artist is trying to turn these old shoes into a native American Indian style character. But then again I could be wrong. (as I normally am)

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

5 – The Ballerina
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It is this sculpture that I think really shows the artists skills. The character in the sculpture perfectly portrays what the original owner of the show might have looked like. Maybe even a ballet instructor!

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

4 – The face in the shoe
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There is definitely something creepy about these works of art. This one for me was one of the strangest, but yet the character it shows seems to fit the shoe.

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

3 – Split Personality
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It is the art of the sad clown that is captured here. From sad to happy it perfectly captures a clown’s life and they really do look like clown shoes! Makes you wonder if they really were.

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

2 – Frog Faced
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This is got to be one of the most unusual the artist has made. But yet it also really works as well. Sure the old shoes didn’t come from a frog, but they might well have come from someone frog-faced!

Top 10 Unusual Upcycled Shoe Sculptures
Upcycled Shoe Sculpture

1 – Biting Shoes
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And I will end with one of her darker sculptures. But yet as with the rest of them, the character really does seem to match the shoe!