These pigeon shoes are definitely a niche fashion choice

We can’t be the only ones noticing that pigeons have been in the news lately. There’s the woman who gave her ailing pigeon CPR. In Kuwait, authorities caught a pigeon with a backpack full of drugs. And now, Japanese shoemaker Kyoto Ohata has put another spin on this common bird: Pigeon shoes.

Ohata’s uncanny bird footwear is making quite the splash across the internet.


Russian website Afisha Daily was the first site to post about these strangely captivating shoes. It’s unclear when Ohata first made these shoes, but naturally, folks have plenty to say about them.

Apparently, Ohata regularly walks by a large park of pigeons in her daily life, and she made the shoes so as not to scare them. The process behind the shoes’ making is thoughtful and crafty too. The birds’ “bodies” are actually just a sensible normal high heel, with felt and faux-feather effects on top.

You don’t have to be a bird lover to appreciate both the intention and design of Ohata’s work. We wish there was some way to show you more of her designs, as her pigeon shoes can’t be her only fascinating work. But alas, her web presence is much smaller than the buzz around this particular pair. With that, if you’d like to learn how to make your own pair, take a gander at her process here.

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