Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sensoria: The smart sock

Heapsylon produce Sensoria, a $149 anklet device. The Sensoria is a horseshoe anklet and attaches to a special sock via five brass knuckle-like magnets stitched near the lower shin area. Special sensors in the bottom of the sock measure where the foot makes contact with the ground and for how long. The lightweight anklet contains a CPU which analyzes data from the sensors. Softwear displays a detailed heat map of where pressure is being placed on your foot, along with detailed statistics on foot contact time, cadence, steps taken, stride length, and speed .The discreet unit goes un-noticed but for a small hump in the sock. According to the manufacturers it coaches users with real-time analysis of their foot-striking position and stride. It will be available to its crowd-funders later this year and available to the public in 2015.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Exhibition :Shoes: Pleasure and Pain (V&A)

The Victoria & Albert Museum will showcase more than 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes in a new exhibition, "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain." On ahow are some of the most extreme, amazing, absurd, luxurious and famous historic and contemporary footwear ever made. Exhibits explore the "agonizing aspect of wearing shoes as well as the euphoria and obsession they can inspire." The work of over 70 designers including: Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Zaha Hadid and Sophia Webster will be featured in the exhibit. The exhibits are organized across two floors and around three themes:

“Transformation” highlights shoes that are now legend, like the many interpretations of Cinderella’s slipper that through folklore and cultural influences have become “contemporary marketing tools for the concept of the modern-day, fairy-tale shoemakers, whose designs will magically transform the life of the wearer.

“Status” focuses on the correlation between impractical shoes, often designed in shapes and materials that make them unsuitable for walking and the people of privileged status who usually wore them. Then there are the outlandish and absurd modern creations there are Indian men’s shoes with extremely long toes, noisy slap-sole shoes worn in 17th century Europe and ‘Pompadour’ shoes worn by trend-setting women in the 18th-century French court.

“Seduction” include shoes that are “an expression of sexual empowerment or a passive source of pleasure. Like feet, shoes can be objects of fetishism. High Japanese geta, extreme heels and tight-laced leather boots will be on display as well as examples of erotic styles channeled by mainstream fashion in recent years. The show is sponsored by Clarks and supported by Agent Provocateur and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. Shoes: Pleasure and Pain runs from June 13, 2015 to Jan. 31, 2016, will .

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Avi Reichental: What’s next in 3D printing

Avi Reichental can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel: Shoe Exhibition

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, Switzerland. The exhibition runs until Apr. 6 and has been organized with the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery in England. The oldest shoe in the exhibition comes from Egypt, and dates from around 1,000 B.C. Since the Stone Age, women have been the collectors and men more likely the hunters, the event’s organizers state. Throughout history, the shoe has come to symbolize social status and membership of particular social groups. The shoe has always had an important fashion function, reflecting the social status or group affiliation of the wearer, the release states. In ancient Egypt, only pharaohs were allowed to wear sandals with gold or silver plating, and only high officials and priests could wear sandals at all. The general population went barefoot. Among the ancient Greeks in around 700 B.C., an ordinance was issued regulating the use of jewels on sandals. In the Roman Empire, there were clear rules as to who could wear which shoes and how they could be decorated. During the Middle Ages, the tip length of the then-fashionable pointed shoes revealed one’s social standing. At the time of the Sun King Louis XIV (1643–1715, King of France and Navarre), only the king and high nobility were permitted to wear red heels. Just as one’s footwear was important as a sign of rank and wealth, voluntarily forsaking one’s shoes held special significance, signalling humility and penitence, the events organizers note. For many cultures, it was customary to go shoeless when approaching the divine. Religious missions and pilgrimages were sometimes undertaken barefoot; the custom lives on in the Mediterranean region today. More recently, the shoe has become a canvas for art, and more than 30 artists from across the globe have made their artistic shoe creations available for the show. At the show, Thomas Murphy, an English shoemaker of bespoke shoes for the young and old, will demonstrate his craft on some weekends. Visitors will have the chance to see how shoes made by hand are crafted today, and they will also have the opportunity to try their hand at a bit of shoe-making themselves.

Private shoemaking tuition: Thomas Murphy

Thomas Murphy offers private shoemaking tuition for anyone who dreams of making their own pair of shoes. Lessons can be tailored to suit your requirements in terms of what you'd like to learn or the shoe you'd like to make. No previous shoemaking experience required. Shoemaking is taught at the studio in Vauxhall, London and can either be individual tuition or you can come with a friend.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Turkey: Smuggled toxic shoes from China cause health hazard

Shoes smuggled from China to Turkey seem to be the cause of health concerns after complaints were received someone suffered a rash and skin empurpling on her feet after wearing a pair of shoes. The lady noticed whenever it rained; the polish of her shoes ran and left her feet red. The resultant painful rash left her in hospital. The shoes are now being examined in laboratories and public authorities believe these are part of a batch smuggled into the country and later found to contain toxic chemicals. An estimated 25,510 pairs of shoes containing harmful chemicals were smuggled through Turley and according to customs officials carcinogenic chemicals were detected inside the polish of the 33,000 pairs of shoes. The confiscated shoes it would appear went missing while being taken to a disposal facility in the province of Kocaeli. The incident has angered consumer unions over negligence in the customs process. Authorities have warned against the purchase of cheap priced shoes in markets.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rubber tire shoes

Omni United Tires are recycling their tires into the outsoles of Timberland® shoes. Special compounds in the rubber allow it to be ground up and processed into sheets that are sent to Timberland factories around the world where it will be attached to shoes.

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