Inspired by the recent landing of the Philae lander module on Comet 67P / Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Studio Swine explored comets and meteorites that have fallen to earth. Their research led them to visit the vaults under the Natural History Museum to be shown what is considered the best meteorite collection in the world.
The shoes take the form of rocks that have fallen from space. Using 3D scanners to make 3D files of the rocks and CNC milling combined with traditional shoe making transformed the meteorite shapes into a pair of high heels.
The exterior is made of aluminium foam and the interior is lined with soft Italian leather. The foam is 90% air, lightweight yet robust, and efficient at creating volume with very little material which created the sense of large rocks floating in space.
Aluminium foam is currently hidden inside high-end cars and buildings as sound insulation. Whilst the metal is in a molten state, gassing agents are injected creating a pumice like material full of thousands of irregular cells. It’s a spectacular example of how industry and natural forces can merge to omit a beautiful material.
The project was created for Microsoft using Surface Pro 3.
Photos: Petr Krejčí