The line between footwear being functional as opposed to art has always been a little blurry (though a lot more defined than in other products). Just the simple act of ‘sneaker heads’ buying two pairs of shoes (one to stock, one to rock), implies that the shoes their purchasing offer a lot more than just something functional for their feet.
London based, Irish Footwear Designer, Sandra Plantos has taken that philosophy a massive step forward and came up with a collection of four shoes that are absolutley impossible to actually walk in. In fact they’re more abstract sculptures than actual footwear.
“The collection aims to entrap and restrict the wearer’s movements, slowing down the pace of our daily lives, and thus our experience of time,” said Plantos.“The objects may be seen as miniature structures, which create spaces for the feet to inhabit.”
The collection is based on an inpiring philosophy, and the materials used offer up a very interesting play between them. From leather wrapped rebar, to fully concrete heals, the ‘sculptures’ have a very unique aesthetic and story. It would be interesting to see if anyone could take this philosophy a step forward and use this project to inspire something functional.
For now though, you can check out Sandra’s concrete collection, below.
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