The “Fang Shoes” by Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen are fierce. Each sole features 10 shiny black teeth molded out of fiberglass and carbon fiber.
A single fang suggests the sexiness of a spike heel, but a full set appears to provide the stability of a hiking shoe. It’s the guys who’ll be wobbling when they see these lace-up booties that are the color of dried blood. The fuzziness of the pony fur upper is the only hint of vulnerability.
Such innovation and experimentation are at the heart of this exhibit, which showcases more than 20 recent additions to the museum’s fashion and craft collections. All the items were made since 1950.
What’s New: Fashion & Contemporary Craft continues through Jan. 19 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. More: cincinnatiartmuseum.org.