Studio Swine's Meteorite Shoes
simulate space debris


Meterorite Shoes by Studio Swine

These aluminium foam high heels by London-based Studio Swine are designed to look like chunks of extraterrestrial rock.

Meterorite Shoes by Studio Swine

Influenced by the European Space Agency's landing of the Philae lander on Comet 67P in November, Studio Swine founders Azusa Murakami and Alex Groves created the high-heeled Meteorite Shoes as part of a project for technology company Microsoft.

The designers visited London's Natural History Museum to research rocky masses that have fallen to Earth from space, and investigate their forms and textures.

Meterorite Shoes by Studio Swine

Aluminium foam – commonly found in buildings and luxury cars as sound insulation – was chosen as the material to best represent the lumps of meteoroid rock.

"Whilst the metal is in a molten state, gassing agents are injected creating a pumice-like material full of thousands of irregular cells," said the designers. "It's an example of how industry and natural forces can merge to create a beautiful material."

Meterorite Shoes by Studio Swine

The solid, lightweight foam – that consists of 90 per cent air – was milled using computer numerically controlled (CNC) technology to form the uneven shape.

Bubbles in the foam create the texture across the outer surfaces, while the insides are lined like traditional shoes to fit comfortably.

Meterorite Shoes by Studio Swine

The back of each shoe cantilevers from the base to prevent a stiletto or wedge heel from spoiling the illusion.

"The rock forms have a hidden cantilever, so it's hard to see in the photos, but the weight goes through the front and middle of the shoe," Groves told Dezeen.

Meterorite Shoes by Studio Swine

The footwear designs follow on from Studio Swine's collection of cabinets created with the same material for a Shanghai gallery.

Studio photography is by Petr Krejci.

  • M. Vitruvius

    Azusa Murakami and Alex Groves must live in a strange little world (sponsored by Microsoft) where they fantasize about women wearing these monstrosities.

    Still, each his fetish…

  • spadestick

    Interesting, but ugh… I can almost imagine the horrible cuts at the achilles-tendon part.

  • David

    These shoes weren’t made for walking.

  • mb4design

    High heels or low gravity ballast? No illustration provided shows them in contact with the ground. Agree with Spadestick on tendon aggravation and would add warning about sideswiping ankles with them, raking off skin.