Blog: Leonie BarrieOne step ahead

Leonie Barrie | 6 July 2005

An ingenious student at Nottingham Trent University has come up with a great idea to avoid sore feet and blisters when trudging around the sales in fancy footwear – a shoe with a detachable high heel. In fact, product design student Sarah Wyman came up with the idea when she and her friends found themselves faced with a long walk home after missing their taxi.

The Multi-Functional Shoe has a polyurethane flexible sole so that it can be worn in either the high-heeled or flat position. The heel is removed and attached by sliding an arch support rod into the slot under the ball of the sole, placing a ‘T’ piece inside and twisting it from the heel base to secure the heel.

The simple and practical design is described as the perfect accessory for both formal and informal wear. The idea also saves on luggage too, says Sarah, as travellers only need to take one pair of shoes instead of two. Whether this would appeal to retailers though is another matter. Surely the name of the game is to tempt us with as many different pairs of shoes for as many different occasions as possible.


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