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These sneakers have soles made of a flexible graphite substance
marks when pressure is applied, like a pencil. If the wearer walks
mostly on concrete and sidewalks, they should leave a trail of
footprints which provide a log of where they've been all day.
These also double as
a form of impermanent, temporary "street
enough people in an urban area wore these shoes, than a bored
could spend an entertaining afternoon following a randomly
trail or trails.
These shoes are environmentally friendly, and go away whenever
rains, or the street is washed. If you want to cover up your trail,
rub out your prints with the jumbo eraser provided on the outside
of your shoe.
Mairead O'Heocha's graphite shoes
image no 4 - most excellent work [xenzag, Aug 06 2009]
Similar idea for bikes, using chalk [pocmloc, Aug 06 2009]
Proof of Greek prostitute sandals, on Wikipedia [DrWorm, Aug 07 2009]
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||([bm] - I wonder if the subtitle came before the idea...)
Nice idea, although the graphite might be slippery. You could add gription (q.v.) and still maintain the "Carbon Footprint" marketing slogan by mixing a small quantity of industrial diamonds with the graphite (allowing you to use Paul Simon's "Diamonds on the soles of her shoes" in the TV ads for this product).
||So, should I be feeling bad about my size 12 Malaysian rubber footwear, and should I avoid following in your footsteps?
||[hippo]- You saw right through me! Yes, the subtitle did
come before the idea, but I'm pretty happy with the way the
idea turned out as well. Also, if this were a real product,
adding diamonds to the mix would increase the price point,
||Friend of mine made a pair of shoes out of graphite and wax and walked around in them, making mad drawings - so it is possible. Strangely enough I'm meeting her tomorrow. (see link)
||Once you have a shoe pencil, then you need a shoe pen, and a shoe crayola, and a shoe spray can...
||There's a story of a fictional hero who ventures into a totally dark environment (cave, maze, building, spaceship) who wears boots with a reservoir in the heel that drops a tiny dot of luminous paint wherever he steps, allowing him to track his progress.
||[DrWorm] I don't think the price would increase dramatically. Industrial diamonds (as opposed to anything gem-like) are cheap.
||Slightly different idea, saw a Victorian idea ages ago, for a pair of boots, connected to a paint reserve, so when walking down the street you'd print the advert with each step..damned if I can find any pictures of them on the net though
||That reminds me of another tidbit:
||In ancient Greece, prostitutes wore sandals that made
imprints in the sand, advertising their service.
||[DrW] in the words of 4chan, pictures or it didnt happen.
||Although wikipdia will do.