The chewing gum sneaker/shoe (Courtesy Kobi Levi)

The chewing gum sneaker/shoe (Courtesy Kobi Levi)

When a shoe designer is as creatively outlandish as Kobi Levi, making stilettos in which the heel looks like a wad of bubble gum stretching up from the street or the skinny pink leg of a flamingo, it’s not much of a surprise that the rest of the world wants to experience his footwear.

Now shoppers at London’s high-end Selfridges department store get to have a look at Levi’s designs in a pop-up boutique that opened Monday in the store’s Shoe Galleries.

Kobi Levi's new Rooster and Chicken pumps at the Selfridges pop-up store (Courtesy Selfridges)

Kobi Levi’s new Rooster and Chicken pumps at the Selfridges pop-up store (Courtesy Selfridges)

With 25 styles — including the $1,400 yellow Banana (worn by Whoopi Goldberg at a film opening); the above-mentioned $2,240 Chewing Gum, a high-heeled sneaker;  the $3,080 Blond Ambition styled after Madonna’s early 1990s look; and the latest design, the $1,540 Rooster Brown design (also in Rooster Red and Chicken) created for the Selfridges sale — Levi’s limited edition selection is exclusive to Selfridges, with only twenty of each available globally. It’s the first time that Levi is selling his designs in a brick-and-mortar store.

“We’re excited to bring Kobi Levi’s designs to a wider audience as the first UK stockist of the collection,” said Helen Attwood, buying manager for Shoes at Selfridges, who first caught sight of Levi’s footwear art in a magazine. “Kobi’s work is a perfect fit for the Shoe Galleries, which was designed to be a home for the most creative and pioneering talent in footwear design.”

Lady Gaga dancers wearing Kobi Levi's double boots in the "Born This Way" video (Courtesy YouTube)

Lady Gaga dancers wearing Kobi Levi’s double boots in the ‘Born This Way’ video (Courtesy YouTube)

A graduate of Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Levi first worked for Skins Footwear, a revolutionary orthopedic footwear company that has since been liquidated, before going out to work on his own designs. For Levi, the shoe is his canvas. The trigger for a new design comes when an idea, concept or image comes to mind, and the end result is a “wearable sculpture.”

Make way for ducklings (Courtesy Kobi Levi)

Make way for ducklings (Courtesy Kobi Levi)