Fashion brand Louis Vuitton has introduced their interpretation of "clothes that look like other things" with a pair of boots made to look like legs.
Available in ankle-high and knee-high variations, the hand-painted calfskin mimics black heels paired with white socks. They transcend the limits of traditional footwear, offering a twist inspired by the Surrealist art movement.
Beyond the sticker shock ($2,470!!), it's a statement, reflecting the brand's commitment to pushing fashion boundaries and sparking conversations.
At least, that's what they are attempting to do. Social media has seen fashion lovers showing off their new pairs, and the internet responded with typical cynicism and a visceral rejection of the boots.
At first, people called them ugly.
They understood the shoes were intended to create an illusion, but weren't sure they liked it.
Some folks thought the boots might be less fashion and more medical.
There were questions about the boots coming in more than just one pale shade. (They come in two shades.)
There was at least one upside, however.
As the holiday season approaches, people jumped to the obvious reference to A Christmas Story.
Finally, someone said it out loud: What happens when this boot design gets copied?
Louis Vuitton continues to redefine the fashion narrative, and the Illusion Ankle Boot is the latest chapter in their audacious journey.