We USED to wear high, wild high heels. Over the years, the heals have slowly come down in height as we find ourselves unable to walk tilted forward…and because we really want to WALK, far and fast. Footwear designer Silvia Fado put her creativity to work solving the problems of unwearable heels, that, while they make a woman’s legs look great, make the woman herself FEEL lousy.
“I have been analysing comfort elements in footwear, and specially studied and developed impact absorption, shoe weight, traction (the relationship between shoe and surface) and upper durability,”
Fado uses hydraulic pistons and rubber balls in the heels of her shoes, aiming to improve the wearability of high heels, which are like sculptures.
According to Dezeen, Fado worked with an architect to study the forces that interacted with the structure of shoe during walking. She also collaborated with a photographer to capture, break down and analyse the different stages of movement.
The hitch is the disclaimer at the end of Dezeen’s post: Although the shoes are wearable, they have been created to represent potential solutions rather than for day to day use.
Uh huh. We could have told you that…
Check out a slideshow of Fado’s creations here: