Tuesday, June 04, 2013

AN ARCHITECTURAL SHOE : THE MOJITO


FASHION AND ARCHITECTURE. What do we get when we combine Architecture and Fashion in a shoe? A highly sculptural, and artsy piece of fashion. :) I came across this interesting shoe and was immediately fascinated by the process and the story behind it. 

The Mojito was designed by London based Architect Julian Hakes. i kinda thought it was a bit odd looking for a shoe, but was so curious about it that I researched and read up about the designer and the story of the prototype. :)

I read that the designer actually started with a prototype, and was later on persuaded to further develop his concept for mass production and commercial distribution. :) It is now in different colors. :) Just the perfect thing for the bold fashionista. 


The Story:
“One late summer night I was in the studio, thinking about the design of shoes in general. I wondered why there was the need for
a foot plate in high heels.When I look at a foot print in the sand it was clear to me that the main force goes to the heel and ball, even more so in a heeled shoe.
If you were to stand with your heel on a wooden block the foot naturally spans the gap to the floor. If the foot has its own inbuilt strength and support why duplicate this?
You would not have a shirt with rigid arms between the elbows and the wrists.


So this raised the question: if the early design of a shoe was an evolution of the humble sandal was this process limited by the materials and technology available? How can new materials and design techniques lead to a new solution, an evolution, possibly a revolution?


So I began exploring these questions in a similar way to how I would design a building or a bridge; examining the load path and looking at the most simple, elegant yet poetic expression of the forces at play within the materials used.

The resulting form was rather like a twist of lime peel and so I named it the ‘Mojito’.

The Mojito is a unique shoe design. It is a single wrapped geometry which starts under the ball of the foot, sweeps over the bridge, then down below the heel before twisting back on itself to provide the support for the heel”.

Julian Hakes







They are kinda weird looking, and walking on a pathway (or a dirt path) in these may get your feet a bit dirty, since the shoe doesn't have soles, but its definitely a conversation piece. Just goes to show that we can interpret architectural concepts in terms of fashion as well. :) I like how the shoe looks avant-garde in its design, with a well researched, well thought out concept. 

Now that I keep on looking at the design, I kinda like it already. The look grows on you. hehe. I just don't know if it will look good on my feet. haha

Plan View. Sole-less design.

The Iron Man inspired Mojito was designed to make it look like Stark gave it to Pepper. :) 
Kinda cool that it reminds you exactly of Iron Man, with the lights at the heel.
I like the red and the gold. 


The Architect/Designer and the Shoe. :) Weird fashionable coolness. :)


Am not sure if they have this in the Philippines already, 
but will you buy them if you were given a chance? :)



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