Fondue Slippers by Satsuki Ohata melt
and mould to the shape of your foot


These PVC shoes by Japanese designer Satsuki Ohata could mould to feet like a second skin, using a process similar to dipping food in melted cheese (+ slideshow).

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata

Satsuki Ohata designed the Fondue Slippers to give a user the feeling of walking around barefoot.

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata

Currently at prototype stage, the shoes are created using a foot mould. The moulds are dipped in liquid PVC before being placed in an oven to harden between 200 and 300 degrees celsius.

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata

Ohata is working on a self-dipping kit that would allow users to create their own shoes and is experimenting with different materials that are safer to use at home .

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata

The shoes would be created in a similar way by dipping feet in a type of semi-solid liquid, allowing the material to mould precisely to the shape of the foot.

"I named it Fondue Slipper because the production process is similar to dipping things in melted cheese," Satsuki Ohata said.

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata

Once the foot is coated in the coloured liquid, the material could be dried using a hairdryer until it sets to form a rubbery slipper.

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata

The hardened material will be designed to be waterproof, allowing it to be cleaned and worn outdoors as well as inside.

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata

"You can wear it as a slipper by folding down the heel, or you can wear it without folding the heel if you want to run," Ohata explained.

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata

The Fondue Slippers come in a variety of colours and can also be customised with permanent marker pens.

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata

The project follows on from a concept by London designer and researcher Shamees Aden for a pair of protocell trainers made from a 3D-printed synthetic biological material, designed to mould to a user's foot and repair themselves overnight.

Fondue Slipper by Satsuki Ohata
The prototype Fondue Slipper kit
  • egnarts

    This stuff is called Plasti Dip and it is available everywhere. Used for dipping tool handles. I once put my finger into it for fun and I don’t see much more merit to this project.

    Also you will swim in sweat in no time if you encase your foot in PVC. And you get a good dose of solvent through your skin when dipping.

  • astroexe

    As high-tech as this is, what happens when we humans bash our feet into doors, table-legs or other objects? It has got to hurt.

  • kahulita

    That picture of the gooey stuff on the naked foot looks like a foot dipped in egg yolks. EWW!

    • faan

      That’s exactly what I thought as well!

  • 8mismo

    Why even mention that you can customise them with a permanent marker? You can customise everything with a permanent marker!

  • TwilightNewsSite

    When you wear shoes that inhibit the transfer of moisture (any plastic shoe, like unventilated plastic clogs), your toenails will “curl” together. Instead of a broad arc, the toenails get become more arched. It’s not good.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I suppose it’s too radical to get the feeling of going barefoot by going barefoot.

  • Rae Claire

    I have some plastic-y garden clogs I can’t wear without heavy socks, as they trap natural perspiration, and I otherwise do not suffer from damp feet. Now make this unidirectionally permeable, like Gore-Tex is, and they might have something.

  • od-lab

    This system is more interesting if used to make custom condoms :) I can’t imagine what a 10-minute-long walk with these shoes could create on my poor feet.

  • zzziii

    Idiocracy… I welcome you :(