No Place Like Home GPS shoes
by Dominic Wilcox


London Design Festival: these shoes by British designer Dominic Wilcox have LEDs in the toes that will guide you home no matter where you are (+ movie). Above movie is by Liam Saint-Pierre

No Place Like Home GPS shoes by Dominic Wilcox

One of the No Place Like Home shoes has GPS technology embedded in the heel and an antenna in the red ankle tag. It communicates wirelessly with the other shoe.

No Place Like Home GPS shoes by Dominic Wilcox

Custom-made software plots the location of home on a map before the data is uploaded to the shoe through a USB cable that plugs into the insole.

No Place Like Home GPS shoes by Dominic Wilcox

The ring of LEDs in the left toe points the wearer in the right direction while those on the right toe show the journey's progress.

No Place Like Home GPS shoes by Dominic Wilcox

"I had done a doodle about a month previously on my 'Sounds of Making in East London' record cover of a shoe with a switch on the front," Wilcox told Dezeen. "I think this was in my mind somehow, but I also thought about the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy's shoes to take her home. Mostly it was just an idea for a pair of shoes that I wanted to own myself," he added.

No Place Like Home GPS shoes by Dominic Wilcox

Dorothy's red shoes are referenced in the red calf-leather lining, while Wilcox's illustrations of different homes are etched on the soles.

No Place Like Home GPS shoes by Dominic Wilcox

Wilcox worked with technology expert Becky Stewart from Codasign and Northampton shoe makers Stamp Shoes. The project was commissioned by the Global Footprint project in Northamptonshire, an English county famous for shoe making.

No Place Like Home GPS shoes by Dominic Wilcox

The shoes are being shown at Wilcox's solo exhibition during the London Design Festival at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB – scroll down for a map.

No Place Like Home GPS shoes by Dominic Wilcox

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  • Bhavnesh

    Walking into a lamp post springs to mind.

  • Well at least you will watch your step. But I also thought about the lamp post. I think the nicest way would be with those new augmented reality glasses Google just developed. Then you could program that an attractive girl is walking in front to you so you just follow her :-)

  • yyy

    It’s always great how design creates another design – now you’ll just need some design thing on you head to wear for protection, when you walk home drunk.

  • Sam

    This seems like a step in the right direction.

  • anonymous

    Genius idea. Very funny concept, which I think is intended!

  • mari

    Ahah really cool idea! Is there anything similar for gals?

  • Ok, the fact that the 1st thing we thought that following the shoes' directions under the influence of a few drinks probably says more about us commentators than the designer ;)

    Still, something like this might be of great use with elderly people suffering the 1st symptoms of Alzheimer's. As someone who once went through the horrible experience of rushing to look for a family member with Alzheimer's —who had walked out of our home undetected— I think an idea like this might have great potential.

  • wizard of ahhhs

    Does it point directly “as the crow flies” or does it point to the correct streets?

    In other words: Can I get stuck in a cul de sac?

  • Ahmed

    Imagine with my dark skin boarding a flight with circuit and lights shoes!

  • ellytrinh90

    I want to have those shoes for my grandma! <3

  • (Surprised they didn’t mention that the music is by the inimitable Belgian, Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Who was missing some digits, long before Jerry Garcia.)

  • Waaaw, what a great design.