Throughout the last couple days of I’ve seen pictures of these toothy shoes repeatedly pop into my personal and professional social media feeds. Created a couple of years ago by British designers Fantich & Young, the Apex Predator Shoes would certainly make a statement on the tradeshow floor at next week’s ADA annual session.
My non-dental friends have been commenting on how well the gold teeth in the front cap off the sharp look of the shoes, and how aggressive these would make you look. I have to agree on both points, but I think my reaction to the shoes has been very different.
Maybe I’ve been in the dental media for too long, but when I saw the Apex Predators I had a range of far more technical questions popping into my head. I’ve spent enough time covering dental laboratories and editing case studies from talented removables technicians to know what it takes to set up a pair of dentures, and I really have to wonder about how Fantich & Young went about fabricating their now viral shoes.
I mean, did they just choose the first line of denture teeth they could get their hands on, or did they agonize over finding just the right shade, internal effects and of course the right mould to give the shoes a natural look. And once the teeth were chosen, how much did they struggle to get the set up just right so the alignment of the teeth worked just right.
I also find myself wondering if they really put in the effort to make these shoes work as a pair. Did they make sure the set up for both shoes worked together in an esthetic and functional occlusion? And if they did, where the heck did they find a size 15 articulator?
By the way, if all you’ve seen is the shoes, you’re missing out on the follow up effort from Fantich & Young. They decided that no good pair of kicks should go without a matching suit, so last year they created their Apex Predator Suit out of human hair, glass eyes and a few more denture teeth.