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Cheltenham Festival to showcase £1,300 horse hoof shoes

Hoof shoes
Image caption Three pairs of designer horse hoof shoes will be sold for £1,300 each

Shoes made in the style of real horses' feet and legs are to be sold at the National Hunt Festival in Cheltenham.

A carbon-fibre hoof and up to 5,000 individual horse hairs make up the £1,300 shoes which were created by a team of fashion designers.

The knee-length and ankle-length shoes were commissioned to celebrate 100 years of the famous National Hunt festival, which begins on Tuesday.

Three pairs will be sold with proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Charity.

Model Louise Dainton, 25, who posed on a turf catwalk wearing the human horseshoes, said: "I'm not sure they are for everyone but I definitely want a pair of hooves."

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