Killer heels, literally! Photo: Getty Images

There comes a time when a gal's just gotta put her foot down.

Or not, as it were.

So when Alexander McQueen called on his Spring/Summer 2010 runway models to slip on his death-defying, 10-inch-tall Armadillo shoes, catwalkers Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly and Sasha Pivovarova quit the show in protest, Kershaw tells Frockwriter.

Who says models are dumb?

These boots aren't made for walking. Photo: Getty Images

Kershaw can't be blamed for erring on the side of caution. The model stumbled at Rodarte last September, had to sit out part of the Fall/Winter '09 shows due to a knee injury caused by another footwear-related near-miss, and even fainted thanks to a suffocating corset at McQueen's Spring/Summer '09 show last year, according to the source.

Yikes. We hope the poor thing has insurance.

But while Kershaw, Poly and Pivovarova may have 86'd McQueen's controversial kicks, style stars like Daphne Guinness and Lady Gaga have braved the monstrous heels sans bloodshed.

Heck, Guinness even marveled to Fashionista at the time that the straight-from-the-runway shoes were "quite light."

We'll just have to take her word for it. Those beasts give us nightmares.

Meanwhile, the Armadillo isn't the only shoe getting snubbed. Find out why Stuart Weitzman is ditching his million-dollar shoe.