This is a shoe. A high heeled one. Really!
It took me a few minutes to figure out how this is, first, a shoe; and second, how it's a high heeled style. It wasn't shown with a foot actually in it and that nearly broke my brain. Once I realised it wasn't meant to be wrapped around the ankle or manipulated in any way to fit the shape of the foot, I could see that the ball of the foot goes on the flat part in the front, and the heel sits on that little ledge with the back and side panel. Seems so obvious when I describe it that way.
So what is it? It's the Mojito, a prototype made by Julian Hakes, a British architect who wanted to challenge our perception that shoes should look a certain way. "Most shoes are designed from the outside in - they are designed to look good on the foot," says Hakes. "'As an architect I did the opposite and designed them from the inside out - I looked at how the foot moves, how it transfers the body's load. For me, it wasn't much different from designing a bridge." I bet it was quicker, though.
The first thing we notice is there is no foot plate. The shoe supports only the ball and heel which Hakes says is perfectly functional and makes the wearer feel like she's walking on air. It protects the ball and the heel, "that's where the load is transferred when you walk."
The final design is made of carbon fibre, leather and rubber - are you also wondering how the heel of the shoe supports the heel of the foot and whether that's good for it? Not to worry. Hakes says "It's not artificially supporting your foot where it doesn't need support so it's good for core stability." I believe it but I'd love to see it. Better yet - take a pair for a little trot around the house.
There are currently no plans to mass produce the shoe but Hakes is making them on a one-off basis to meet individual requests. Too bad, it would be a nice change to the chunky, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink styles dominating right now. (I'm not complaining, I love those. Just sayin'. Contrast is good.)
Source: The Daily Mail