The Mojito by British architect Julian Hakes has been making the fashion blog rounds, so I’ve been reluctant to devote a post to it here. However, since I’m waiting for some interviews to come in I figured I might as well post a little something about it. I’m stalling, yes, but it’s also not too hard to indulge a rave or two…the shoe is a) designed by an architect, which shows in both the shoe’s concept and fabrication; and b) absolutely gorgeous.
As yet another example about how the most interesting shoes are not merely foot-formed shapes but the product of concept intersection with function, the Mojita joins the superstar ranks of Mohop and United Nude. Designed to explore a shoe’s most fundamental structural function, the shoe emerged from a late summer night’s musing about shoe design. Realizing that the only parts of the foot that seem to really matter are the ball and heel – the midfoot has the strength to naturally span the two – Julian Hakes conceived an evolutionary shoe design inspired by the approach he uses to design bridges and, of all things, footprints in the sand.
Here’s a nice video giving you multiple perspectives of the shoe:
For more on the Mojito and other innovative, cutting edge footwear designs, I’m going to send you to Lust for Shoes. It’s a great blog for anyone interested in diving into the creative and, crucially, independent footwear design.
For my part, I’m just going to complain a bit about the fact that all these fancy designs are geared towards women. I know, I know, there’s nothing really stopping a guy from getting a pair if he so desires. But you’ve heard this complaint before, and since some vintages of whine all too easily turn to vinegar, I guess I won’t belabour the point.
I will, however, leave you with a question: if you could design your own shoe, what would you do? What qualities would you look for in your ideal shoe? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you’re feeling particularly creative, eMail me your sketches, doodles, or blueprints and I’ll feature them in a future post on dream shoes. I’d love to get a series of posts going on ideal footwear and apparel designs, featuring your ideas…
Usual disclaimer to keep legal types happy: Images and video borrowed from Julian Hakes website, facebook page, and youtube channel for illustrative purposes. If the copywright owner asks me to remove them, I will.