Sunday, 25 October 2009


Take something simple, basic, something we take for granted and design a new form. Something even simpler, neater, more efficient. That is the art, chemistry, engineering, science of design.

Shoes. Bland. Stale. Dead design. Then this...

Architect Julian Hakes has stripped the shoe down to its basics. A carbon fibre shell with a rubber sole and leather inner.

The inspiration came from seeing his footprint in sand and noticing that there is no weight on the bridge of the foot.

There may be some torsion and balance issues to be resolved and you won't want to go hiking in them, but we think they are stunning.


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