Image:  Titled "Banana slip," these sculpted shoes made from leather are meant to be humorous with a unique point of view on footwear

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Funky footwear

Kobi Levi takes inspiration from furniture, fruit and even dogs. Take a look at his wild and creative wearable art.

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Funky footwear

Talk about bananas. Forward-thinking Israeli footwear designer Kobi Levi, 35, takes inspiration from furniture, fruit and even dogs. Take a look at his wild and creative wearable art.

Left: Titled "Banana slip," these sculpted shoes made from leather are meant to be humorous with a unique point of view on footwear.

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Chewing gum

Designer Kobi Levi worked in footwear in Italy, China, Israel and Brazil before designing his own line of creative shoes. His line is handmade and "absolutely" wearable.

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Dog

"People seem to love the humorous designs," said footwear designer Kobi Levi. "It appeals to a lot of people, from kids to adults, from people that want to wear it or artists and designers who look at it from another point of view. I like the fact that the designs are 'communicating.'"

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Miao

"These artistic shoe creations are my own 'design language,'" said Levi. "This is my humorous approach to shoe design."

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XXX Pump

Footwear designer Kobi Levi gets inspired from a multitude of objects and ideas he comes across.

"Inspiration can come out of nowhere, from an image that pops up in my mind and I decide to explore it, or I choose a theme/concept and design with related images," said Levi.

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Kobi Levi
Graduated from Bezalel academy of art & design, Jerusalem 2001. Specialize in footwear design and development/making. Working as a freelance designer. Collaborating with both Israeli and international companies in the past and present years and working on his men shoe line in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Designed industrial footwear in both Italy, China and Brazil. Presented design in various exhibitions in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Verona, St.Etienne, Berlin etc'… " In my artistic footwear design the shoe is my canvas. The trigger to create a new piece comes when an idea, a concept and/or an image comes to mind. The combination of the image and footwear creates a new hybrid and the design/concept comes to life. The piece is a wearable sculpture. It is "alive" with/out the foot/body. Most of the inspirations are out of the "shoe-world", and give the footwear an extreme transformation. The result is usually humoristic with a unique point of view about footwear. Another aspect of the creation is the realization. All the pieces are hand-made in my studio. The challenging technical development is the key to bring the design to life in the best way."

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Most of Kobi Levi's inspirations are from outside the shoe industry, giving the footwear "an extreme transformation," said Levi.

Courtesy Of Kobi Levy
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Sling-shot

When it comes to styles he prefers, Kobi says he likes traditional designs as well as contemporary and unconventional. His favorite designers include Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.

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Market

"In my artistic footwear design, the shoe is my canvas," explained Kobi Levy.

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Market trolly

Footwear designer Kobi Levi aims to create wearable shoe sculpture that is "alive."

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Tongue

Who would Kobi like to see don his designs? He'd prefer someone creative, like Lady Gaga or Madonna.

"They experiment and change their image a lot and they do not stay within conventional boundaries," Kobi said. "It could be very interesting to collaborate with a pop-star or an artistic video/photo shoot."

For more great designs, visit kobilevidesign.blogspot.com

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