Shoe Therapy

by jennine on November 3, 2008

I love design degree shows… why? Well, for the out-of-the-box, fun projects. Recent graduate, Gwendolyn Huskens at the Design Academy in Eindhoven (NL),  presented a series of six shoes titled ‘medic esthetic’, shoes made of bandages, fiber glass casts, plasters-bandaids and built-in splints. Her intended purpose was to address the social taboos around physical deformities, but I had different thoughts about the collection. At first I thought it may have been a reaction to the teetering heights of shoe trends, perhaps the Prada SS09 show where the shoes were so high, and from the looks of the photos, the models would probably need medical attention.

Either way, if I hurt my feet from 7″ heels, or a less glamourous way, sign me up for these… heck, I may even want to wear them in good health. You know kinda like when we were kids, and we’d wear the cartoon bandages because they were cool.

pic via design boom

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pratishtha November 3, 2008 at 4:42 am

Design project shows always bring out the best in the designers. That is before commercial pressures catch up with them. I LOVE these! Can’t imagine wearing them, though.

pratishtha November 3, 2008 at 4:43 am

Your blog seems to hate my gmail ID, so I thought I will try this one…hmmm…

WendyB November 3, 2008 at 7:10 am

Am I crazy for like that mummy boot on the far right?

mahret November 3, 2008 at 10:21 am

Wow. I LOVE these!!!

Amy May November 3, 2008 at 10:32 am

I love these - especially the tall strappy ones on the right. WOW.

P.S. Any chance I could be added to your blogroll? Cheeky, I know, but worth a shot. :)

jennine November 3, 2008 at 11:15 am

ahah the bandaid bootie? i’m wondering why noone thought of it before..

@amy may… of course!i love your blog, just subscribed.

Airam November 3, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Could shoes be more perfect? I’ve been looking for some really innovtive and creative shoes for a long time, and these fit every demand. The colour scheme is also gorgeous, it reminds me of ice cream. Yum.

Songy November 4, 2008 at 1:01 am

They are very well structured! yeepee.

Could I be added too? double chicky? :P

jennine November 4, 2008 at 3:04 am

oh my lord.. i’m so sorry.. i’ve just added you, and followed you on bloglovin .

songy November 5, 2008 at 6:18 am

Oh. Thank you. :)

The Shoe Girl November 7, 2008 at 12:19 am

YOINK! Totally stealing this pic for a blog entry!
(will give you credit of course)


These are beauuutiful!!! I love. How inspiring…

susie_bubble November 9, 2008 at 10:46 am

Ho ho ho…I saw these and had to laugh…

ambika November 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm

After seeing the first season of Dexter, they immediately gave me a prosthetics vibe before I read the text.

maxd February 16, 2009 at 7:04 am

That looks great! Love it! But I just a bit doubt that it really could help as a bandage and if it’s worth to wear. Here I’ve read about Foot deformities and it seems like heels are really dangerous… though I agree that if it looks chic than who cares :)

barbara mayfield March 6, 2009 at 5:00 am

The shoes on the right are a rip-off. Marloes ten Bhomer invented a leather mache technique back in 2003!

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