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Boat Shoes 2

inflate shoes and walk on them without falling
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Boat shoes have been envisioned by every 10 year old child ever. But they're physically impossible, as the user will immediately fall over into the water.

These boat shoes (boots) include a counter-weight at the bottom, a sufficiently large balloon at the ankles to support the weight, a processor, and a motor in each boot. Acting in a similar way to those self-balancing scooters these boots attempt to counter water drag and keep the user upright.

Written with no intention of disrespect to [chronological]

Voice, Jan 14 2021

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Small, yet perfectly formed. [8th of 7, Jan 14 2021]


       This idea is much worse than [chron]'s because the supplied details go the wrong direction. The //counter-weight at the bottom// needs to be MAHOOSIVE and will therefore double the size of the //sufficiently large balloon at the ankles//. Further, to be of any use whatsoever, the //motor in each boot// would have to be something like a Seagull 2 stroke outboard, further adding to the weight and therefore the size of the floatation devices.   

       You are not far off inventing the idea "strap an 8ft dinghy with outboard to each foot".
pocmloc, Jan 14 2021

       // You are not far off inventing the idea "strap an 8ft dinghy with outboard to each foot".//   

       Okay, so how is it worse?   

       //further adding to the weight//   

       Most of the motor and fuelcan be part of the counterweight.
Voice, Jan 14 2021

       //would have to be something like a Seagull 2 stroke outboard// - if these were directed to keep you moving forward and your 'boat shoes' had some sort of underwater hydrofoil to provide lift then you might be able to do without the balloon to provide buoyancy. Of course, as soon as you stopped you'd sink like a stone, but it would look good while it lasted.
hippo, Jan 14 2021

       // Seagull 2 stroke outboard //   

       <Reviews extensive bitter memories of trying to start a reluctant Seagull outboard on a freezing-cold rainy day/>   

       You're mad.
8th of 7, Jan 14 2021

       <Imagines 8th's experience in the freezing rain with a reluctant outboard. Sips at delicious, hot coffee. Sits back from monitor screen & smiles contentedly.>
DrBob, Jan 14 2021

       <Resentful muttering/>
8th of 7, Jan 14 2021

       “envisioned by every 10 year old child ... But they're physically impossible...”

       Not impossible. As noted in another boat shoes posting, inflatable boat shoes exist.
kdf, Jan 14 2021

       Perhaps all you need are 3 or 4 points of contact. Boat shoes and boat gloves and now you might have enough stability to not tumble over. If you do tumble over, good luck righting yourself...
RayfordSteele, Jan 14 2021

       It's possible to manage with a single point of contact ... <link>
8th of 7, Jan 14 2021


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