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Shoes

Power Athletic Shoes Commercial

Our shoes will crush all opposition and restore the Fatherland!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 26, 2023 - Comments (2)
Category: Dictators, Tyrants and Other Harsh Rulers, Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Advertising, Shoes, 1990s

Get Slim Slippers

These were mini slippers that supposedly helped one lose weight. How? Something to do with reflexology and magnets. And also, I assume, the extra effort required to balance in them.



They were sold via the website GetSlimSlippers.com, which no longer exists (but is archived at the Wayback Machine).

Quackwatch.org has an article by someone who tried them out to see if they would actually work:

I obeyed all the instructions. I started off gradually. In fact I had to — my arches, bearing almost all of my weight, hurt fiercely the first few days. (If you've ever climbed a round-runged ladder in your bare feet, you know the feeling.) I never went over the 2-1/2-hour limit, and I tried to "respect the slippers" in spite of jeers from my office mates. In a sense, I even "became One with the slippers"—they delivered a terrible foot odor each time I took them off. Apparently, the canvas uppers don't "breathe."

Related post: Slimming Insoles

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 23, 2023 - Comments (1)
Category: Shoes, Dieting and Weight Loss

Shoes with Hinged Soles

There must be a good reason why, for millennia now, all shoes have come with unibody-construction soles. But Robert M. Lyden thought differently.

Full patent here.







Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 17, 2023 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Inventions, Patents, Shoes, 1990s

Follies of the Madmen #550

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 19, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Shoes, Advertising, Public Indecency, Twentieth Century

Space Boots

Released by Ideal Toy Corp. in 1969:

"space boots of adjustable molded air cushions so that the child can experience the floating feeling of walking on the moon."

source: awmok.com

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 09, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Toys, Shoes

Concrete Heels

From designer Mel Diosa.

Don't wear them while swimming.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 18, 2022 - Comments (6)
Category: Shoes

Double-Heeled Shoe

Patent No. 7,574,819, granted to Jin Rie of Los Angeles:

A high heel for women is provided. The high heels according to the current invention have at least two tall heels fixed to rear end of the bottom of sole of the shoes... The multi heeled high heels according to current invention reduces dislocation of wearer's ankle though the heels are narrow and long.



But why stop at two heels when you could have seven?

'Cleat Heels' from Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring 1993 collection


Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 16, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Patents, Shoes

Nail Heel Boots

Footwear from Maison Margiela. Fall 2008. Looks like they're no longer available for purchase. But if they were, they'd cost you $1490.





via Tapireye

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 14, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Shoes

Wrinkle Chaser

Unusual job: A wrinkle chaser uses a hot-air jet to 'chase' wrinkles out of leather boots and shoes. This is done using a wrinkle chaser machine.



Tacoma News Tribune - Jan 6, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 15, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, Shoes

Double-Sided Cowboy Boots

From fashion label Hood by Air. Introduced in 2016. Not sure if it's still possible to buy them anywhere.



source: footwearnews.com



source: i-d.vice.com

Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 09, 2021 - Comments (6)
Category: Shoes

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