London architect, Julian Hakes, has designed a pair of shoes with no foot-plate. Called Mojito, the design consists of a single piece that wraps around the wearer’s foot, forming support for the heel and ball. The foot naturally forms a bridge between the two.
‘One late summer night in the studio, I was thinking about shoe design in general. I wondered why there was the need for a foot-plate in shoes such as high heels. When I look at a footprint on sand, it’s clear that the most force goes to the heel and ball. With a high heel, providing the heel is supported, even by standing on a wooden block the foot spans the gap naturally,’ said the designer.
‘The design is a single wrapped geometry, which starts under the ball of the foot and then over the bridge, sweeping down below the heel before twisting back on itself to provide the heel and ankle support. This form felt light and airy on the foot. So we called it the ‘Mojito’ as it was rather like a twist of lime skin.’