"HyBird" is Aya Feldman's shoe design that's meant to resemble a bird. "HyBird" is Aya Feldman's shoe design that's meant to resemble a bird. Aya Feldman's "HyBird" shoe sculpture is on display as part of the "Walk of Life" exhibit. (Photo: Talva Crudo)

Would you wear these wacky designer shoes?

It's definitely fashion over function for these bizarre shoe designs from a NYC exhibit.

There seems to be an extreme version of everything these days. Extreme home makeovers, extreme snowboarding, extreme scuba diving, extreme couponing ... extreme footwear?

Yes, thanks to the design wunderkinder from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel, we now have shoes not just as an essential article of clothing, but as a study in artistic boundary-pushing.

"Penetratio," by Rotem Arbel, is one of more than 60 shoe sculptures on display at the Parasol Project Gallery in New York."Penetratio," by Rotem Arbel, is one of more than 60 shoe sculptures on display at the Parasol Project Gallery in New York. (Photo: Rotem Arbel)

"A Walk of Art" is a new exhibition in New York showcasing unique, visionary shoe designs from 40 Israeli artists, free of the confines of marketability and comfort, redefining footwear fashion from every possible angle.

Nimrod Gilo, The Beauty Of The Temporary In Life, 2015-16. Photo: Alon Reuveni"The Beauty Of The Temporary In Life," by Nimrod Gilo, a renowned artist and graduate of the Bezalel Academy. (Photo: Alon Reuveni)

Shoes made from nearly every material under the sun – salt, porcelain, glass, metal, even some 3D-printed creations – grace the exhibit, creating what organizers describe as "a meandering journey between the ephemeral and the perennial, the beautiful and the painful, the mythology and reality of some of the most charged and coveted objects in fashion history."

"Armor," by Sapir Tzidon, a shoe sculpture on display in New York."Armor," by Sapir Tzidon. (Photo: Amir Isovitch)

Among the designers featured in the exhibit is Kobi Levi, a 2001 Bezalel graduate who's made a name for himself after getting the chance to design shoes for Lady Gaga. His designs are drawn from everyday life, from watermelon-shaped wedges to killer whale heels.

Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi's avant-garde creations are worn by women around the world.Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi's avant-garde creations are worn by women around the world. (Photo: Mirit Har-Lev & Gili Adler)

Other contributors include Sigalit Landau, who's known for using crystallized Dead Sea salt to form sculptures; Daniella Lehavi, the well-known accessories designer who passed away in 2013; and Shani Bar, a fledgling shoe designer who runs her own online shop and just launched a line of vegan footwear. All are either students or alumni of Israel's Bezalel Academy.

Artist Tali Surit "Heavy Weight" shoe designWearers of Tali Surit's "Heavy Weight" shoes should take care not to make any sudden moves or kicks. (Photo: Tali Surit)

The "Walk of Life" exhibit runs through Feb. 13 at the Parasol Projects Gallery in New York.

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