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Gyro Stilettos

single central summit sole shoes
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No more wobbling and tottering as you navigate obstacles in uncomfortable high heels. These shoes will provide you with a stable, balanced platform, elevated over the terrain. With the grace of a giraffe on the savannah, you’ll glide forward as your feet seem to effortlessly skate on air.

The secret is a powerful battery, motor and 12,000 rpm spinning, dense disc hidden in each sole. This allows a central, supporting stiletto and an upper sole designed casually level or flatteringly raised at the heel. Experience a carefree, stunning stroll wearing the future of footwear fashion.

FarmerJohn, Jan 04 2004

sketch http://www.geocitie....html?1073211251108
[FarmerJohn, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Gyro Piezo Pogo http://www.halfbake...Gyro_20Piezo_20Pogo
Thanks [FJ], [Gromit] [Worldgineer, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       And if you do trip, you'll fall sideways.
Detly, Jan 04 2004
  

       Awesome. Bound to be loved by foot fetishists. Love the sketch.
xrayTed, Jan 04 2004
  

       Dunno, I keep them in the closet.
FarmerJohn, Jan 04 2004
  

       for some reason I thought you're talking about weapons. Maybe you are? +
theircompetitor, Jan 04 2004
  

       Another winner, FJ.   

       I think you need to combine shoes and clocks somehow.
waugsqueke, Jan 04 2004
  

       Seems like if you did fall, you'd be in for a massively sprained ankle.
krelnik, Jan 04 2004
  

       This precariously poised, precision precession prototype provides premium prostration prevention.
Plus provided, pending prestidigitation proceedings.
  

       Super! Self-stabilizing shoes should see standard service. Shirley, similar semi-stilletto suppliments should seem silly!
Letsbuildafort, Jan 04 2004
  

       A note of concern -- will the gyro mechanism be so powerful as to make certain things....impossible?
theircompetitor, Jan 04 2004
  

       I'd wear 'em... except for the fact that I'd probably knock my head on the ceiling... (I'm 5' 11'')
spacecadet, Jan 04 2004
  

       "the grace of a giraffe on the savannah" - actually, giraffes have a weird prehistoric gait on the open range, with their necks and heads going back and forth as they run. Not sure that's an effect you'd particularly want, whether you come out of the closet or not.
DrCurry, Jan 04 2004
  

       I wonder if precession would make it difficult to change your step direction.
waugsqueke, Jan 04 2004
  

       Why just high-heeled shoes? What no gyro-wellington boots from the Farmer?
dobtabulous, Jan 05 2004
  

       [waugsqueke] - only for turning in one direction.
Detly, Jan 05 2004
  

       what happens if you step on the cat?
po, Jan 05 2004
  

       Cat-aclysmic cat-astrophe!
FarmerJohn, Jan 05 2004
  

       Beaten to the punch !
skinflaps, Jan 05 2004
  

       Dance-dance Revolutions would start-up everywhere.
Letsbuildafort, Jan 05 2004
  

       Does this mean you *couldn't* fall down?
k_sra, Jan 05 2004
  

       "I'm all gryoscopic left feet."
Letsbuildafort, Jan 05 2004
  

       Speaking of which, although the drawing indicates a battery these would be much more fun if powered by piezoelectics. If you stop hopping you start spinning.   

       (Idea generation sequence has began. One minute to idea initiation... idea initiation complete. See link for results.)
Worldgineer, Jan 05 2004
  

       A vote for the future! +   

       But what kind of weight will she (or he) be putting out on that one small point of a shoe. Think of it as opposite to snow shoes. You would leave dents in the linoleum floor.   

       spell checked by microsovt.
macncheesy, Nov 29 2004
  
      
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