Want Shoes From The Stars? Wear Meteorites

Some women are totally obsessed with shoes and end up with huge collections of them in every shape and style. How many of them would go for these odd-looking high heels which were designed to resemble meteorites -- or space debris that has fallen to Earth. The idea behind these shoes came from the recent landing of the Philae lander on Comet 67P.

Meteorite Shoes (Photo by Petr Kerjci/Image via Studio Swine)Meteorite Shoes (Photo by Petr Kerjci/Image via Studio Swine)

The shoes are the creation of Studio Swine as part of a project for Microsoft. The studio's founders, Azusa Murakami and Alex Groves, researched the rocky masses at London's Museum of Natural History. There they learned about the form and texture of meteorites that would be required for their shoes.

Meteorite Shoes (Photo by Petr Kerjci/Image via Studio Swine)Meteorite Shoes (Photo by Petr Kerjci/Image via Studio Swine)

To achieve the look they were seeking they chose to use aluminum foam. This is a substance that is most commonly used in buildings and luxury cars for sound proofing. It is created by adding gassing agents to the aluminum while it is in a molten state. This creates a lightweight, pumice-like material. "It's an example of how industry and natural forces can merge to create a beautiful material." explained the designers.

Meteorite Shoes (Photo by Petr Kerjci/Image via Studio Swine)Meteorite Shoes (Photo by Petr Kerjci/Image via Studio Swine)

Despite the solid appearance, the rocky-looking material is actually 90% air so the shoes are lightweight. The inner shoe is constructed of soft Italian leather for comfort. That is a plus since the shoe does look incredibly uncomfortable. The back of the shoe is cantilevered from the ball of the foot so that a stiletto or wedge is not needed which might ruin the look.

The basic idea was to make the shoes look like they were rocks floating in space. The project was part of Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 and demonstrates the possibilities of lightweight technology.

Sources: De Zeen, Studio Swine