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Company Is Flogging $100,000 Birkenstocks Made From Hermès Birkin Bags

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Company Is Flogging $100,000 Birkenstocks Made From Hermès Birkin Bags

The Birkenstock shoe is already a divisive fashion choice for some people, however it looks as though the ante has now been upped for the hipster-favoured footwear.

It's anyone's guess why someone would destroy an expensive designer bag to turn it into a pair of sandals - but it seems the crew at MSCHF have done just that in the name of fah-shion.

The Brooklyn-based art collective have revealed the unofficial 'Birkinstocks', which are created by destroying the classic Hermès Birkin bag and turning it into luxury footwear that sells between US $34,000 (AUD $44,000) and US $76,000 (AUD $98,000).

Credit: MSCHF
Credit: MSCHF
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Explaining the thinking behind the sandals, MSCHF said in a statement: "Materials derive value from their place in history and culture.

"Historically we make luxury objects out of inherently valuable materials.

"Gold and jewels are perennial favourites, but rarely speaks a language of its own: in the 1800s when aluminium was exotic and new, the bourgeois aristocrats of France prized their flimsy, inconvenient, aluminium cutlery more than their antique silverware."

"Today, Birkin bags appreciate with an average 14% annual return, consistently beating the S&P 500 - by this metric, just as gold, though shiny, is no longer the basis of currency, we can look to the Birkin bag itself as the new luxury raw material par excellence".

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The shoes are only being sold on a made-to-order basis, with singer Kehlani and rapper Future already seen rocking the obscenely priced sandals.

And if you thought this fancy footwear was ostentatious, you'll be pleased or baffled to know that the kooky company also sold a redesigned version of the Nike Air Max 97s, which featured holy water as part of the design. Yes, holy water.

Credit: MSCHF
Credit: MSCHF

The shoe was so popular that it sold out within minutes, at $3,000 (£2,450) a pop.

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The limited-edition 'Jesus shoes' were made with 100 percent frankincense wool and added a crucifix to the laces - in keeping with the theme.

The creator explained that there was colouring added to the holy water to enhance its visibility through the clear part of the sole.

It has also been reported that the design is in no way affiliated with Nike.

On the side of the trainer is the wording 'MT.14:25' which references a passage from the Bible which describes Jesus walking on water.

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The back of one shoe has the vertical lettering 'MSCHF' and on the other, the letters 'INRI' which stems from the Latin phrase 'Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum' meaning 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews'.

Head of commerce, Daniel Greenberg told the New York Post: "We thought of that Arizona Iced Tea and Adidas collab, where they were selling shoes that [advertised] a beverage company that sells iced tea at bodegas. So we wanted to make a statement about how absurd collab culture has gotten.

"We were wondering, what would a collab with Jesus Christ look like?"

Probably hit the nail on the head really, didn't they?

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Even the shoebox kept with the theme as it was packaged with a religious makeover. The design team added an image of an angel on the box as well as a seal modelled after the Papal Seal.

Featured Image Credit: MSCHF

Topics: News, Fashion, Weird

Jessica Lynch
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