Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Say hello to the Mojito shoe. It's a single twist of material that looks more like a brush stroke, curled ribbon, or conceptual art piece. These are seriously beautiful shoes, but they're not destined to languish on your shelf or Pinterest board - they're wearable and don't cost a millionty pounds.
They make more sense when you learn they were designed by an architect, Julian Hakes. He wrapped tracing paper round his foot and worked out that shoes only need to support the ball and heel of the foot. He called his squiggly prototype the Mojito as it resembled the curl of lime in the cocktail (oh Mr Hakes, you are a man after our own hearts), and was overwhelmed by people clamouring to buy them.
Three years later, you can buy them from Schuh. Yes, a high street shop, not a tiny London boutique with snobby assistants and a three-month waiting list. A shop that offers student discount and takes Paypal.
CRUCIAL QUESTION #1: can you wear them for longer than car-to-bar? Online reviews from shoppers report they're light, airy and comfortable. They're not style over substance - they're designed to support your feet, and come with a memory foam padded lining.
CRUCIAL QUESTION #2: how much are they? They're £155, making them expensive but not as ludicrously unattainable as you might expect.
The Mojito shoe comes in six colourways in sizes 3-8. Go and have a gawp. They're so intriguing I'm going to have to try a pair on to see how they work. Might wait til after payday as I fear this may be instant love.