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Leopard Sandal

Leopard Sandal

I made these African style sandals to recycle a leopard collar from the 50's. I feel strongly that these tragic artifacts are better off used and loved by us instead of simply putting them out of sight to protect us from feelings of sadness and atonement for the morality of fashions of the past.

My intent was to use as much of the uncut piece of fur as possible, to maximize its beauty and not do further harm to it, literally just draping it across the foot and wrapping it under the insole to make the sandal.

This is what real leopard fur looks like -- it is possibly the most beautiful skin in the whole world, and of course it is illegal to kill these amazing animals for their fur today.