At last: the convenience of shoes, with the comfort of fondue.
Satsuki Ohata is a 24-year old Japanese designer who's invented a kind of footwear that's initially formed out of melted PVC. The wearer "dips" their foot into the liquid, which then dries on the foot. "It's very easy to make," explains Ohata on his site. "You just dip your foot and dry it."
"I'd like to present you the new footwear which will perfectly match with your foot by "dipping" your own foot. I have named it "Fondue Slipper" because the production process is similar to cheese fondue. It's very easy to make. You just dip your foot and dry it. That's all. *This prototype is using PVC, which hardens at 200~300 degrees Celsius (392~572 degrees Fahrenheit). This time I used my foot mold instead of my foot."
Ohata explains that he's planning to make a version for home feet fondue-enthusiasts:
"I am currently developing a kit which allows Fondue Slipper to make at home. Soon this new kit will be complete and you will be able to make your own Fondue Slipper that fits your foot perfectly. You can wear Fondue Slipper both inside and outside. It can also be used as slipper by folding the heel, or you can wear it without folding the heel if you want to run."
The designer's also been working on a couple of other prototypes. The "Kyo no Iremono" is a proposal for "an original condiment container that evokes the sound of a bell on the geta sandals worn by a maiko, or apprentice geisha." Whereas the "stick that makes soap bubbles" is, uh, well: "I produced the soap bubble walking stick in the hope that both adults and children could enhance the revitalising experience of being in the natural environment."
- THE VINE
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