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The Off the Shelf Custom Shoe Idea

An idea for mass-produced footwear that is moulded to your foot!
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This idea uses a liquid that’s inside a rubber standardised shoe shape that turns to a foam when exposed to a certain chemical to create custom footwear moulded from the customers feet (the customers feet can be removed because the foam back of the shoe is still soft). Which are then dumped in a mix of molten plastics to create a variable hardness outside of the shoe (customer decides how stiff they what it).

After plastic variable stiffness load pads are added to the sole and the area were most shoes tongues are is cut out and attacked back on by a rubber joint (The clips that will hold the tongue down are also added now). Then the sole of the shoes dumped in molten rubber and Put on a metal tread mould to create a tread and left to set ready for collection by the customer the next day.

Flying Doom Squid, Aug 29 2007


       This is an attractive idea, but please clarify //dumped a mixed molten plastics to create a variable hardness// and add paragraph breaks.   

       Also, what [Anathema Device] said.   

       At the moment we're looking at a mixed molten plastic stream of consciousness, which is hard to make sense of.
pertinax, Aug 29 2007

       Thanks fixing of grammar in progress guys!
Flying Doom Squid, Aug 29 2007

       Check out casting/moulding alginates [FDS]
xenzag, Aug 29 2007

       orthotics, or shoe inserts are made in just that way [bigsleep]. The computer reads the contours of the sole and makes a match.
dentworth, Aug 29 2007

       There was a retail program to use laser scanning of feet to create custom lasts back at the third world factory, that had the potential for low-cost fitted shoes. Presumably it died the death, because I haven't heard a peep about it in years.   

       Oh, and that's the drawback to your idea: you're placing the factory in the same town as the shoe shop, which appears to be anathema to clothes and shoe manfacturers. Although you (and your customers) might well consider that to be an advantage.
DrCurry, Aug 29 2007

       While this is not what the idea is about, I wanted to find the scanner technology. It took me a while to find the exact thing I had done at Walter Reed, so perhaps Army technology is ahead of the pack.
dentworth, Aug 29 2007

       Why I say to use a liquid in a rubber shoe shape is its a lot less expensive than sending a scan of a shoe to a factory to have it custom made. Also the outside finished shoe would be a slightly bigger size than size of your foot because of the displacement meaning for once one size really does fit all!
Flying Doom Squid, Aug 29 2007

       So, people with small feet would appear to be wearing clown shoes? (Not that this is necessarily a bad thing).
pertinax, Aug 30 2007

       When I was a child I had Ski Boots like those [BrauBeaton] is talking about. I remember the feeling of having the foam expand around my foot with fondness. However, to be honest, I want the scanned foot shoes. I want my shoes to be close in size to my feet, and I want them to actually fit for a change!
drememynd, Aug 31 2007

       [FDS] //Why I say //   

       Correct -> The reason I said
evilpenguin, Aug 31 2007

       Two things, First this is not using computers its a simple chemical reaction so discuss that else where thx. Secound, unlike ski boots this would be a shoe (like a sneaker) that has no mouldable foam (the chemical reaction is used to create a mould to cast the fitting shoe onto) left when done, but unlike scanned shoes it could be ready in minets and would have as many uses.
Flying Doom Squid, Jan 15 2008

       //so discuss that else where thx.// Oooh! The curse and the glory of the Halfbakery is that topics invariably diverge. An idea about goat-painting is likely to lead to discussion of semi-colons; an idea about cheese hats is likely to lead to an argument about gyroscopes. Discouraging this divergent discourse is inadvisable.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 15 2008

       Rather like marriage (expands to immobilize you, holds your tongue down, adds a tire tread to your butt).
Ander, Jan 17 2008


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