Picture of A Get Smart Style Shoe Phone (gen 2)
This is another in my Get Smart series, which also includes my first working wearable shoe phone, a cone of silence and a phone booth.

This real working shoe phone, with the phone in one shoe and the bluetooth headset in the other, was the basis of a Flinders University press release, on The New Inventors and a headline item on the ABC South Australian TV News:

It was also used in a couple of dozen radio interviews which were conducted by shoe phone, including this one. You can find more details at http://realshoephone.com

It will be informative to review the instructable for my first shoe phone if you want to make this one, but not necessary.

Step 1: Buy yourself a nice pair of shoes

The most important characteristic for the shoes is that they have an old style wooden heel, or at least one that is removable, since that is an option too.

It is also helpful if the sole is reasonably robust.

qdogg6 years ago
Shoe phones are gr8 but what about putting that nasty shoe up to your face after it's been on a sticky men's room floor, or down a sidewalk full of phlem coughed up by hobos, or piles of pigeon doo from an overhanging sign??
gardners (author)  qdogg6 years ago
That's why the half-sole is removable, and the heel swings away, to reduce the ick factor somewhat (although I do concede, not entirely). Of course, no self-respecting CONTROL agent would be found in such unsavoury locations in the first place. But the real solution is that the medical applications of the shoe phone would be based on a model that is a speaker phone, and doesn't even get taken off when placing or receiving a call. Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen.
carlos-felo5 years ago
That's Good! I'm a fan of Get Smart! Thanks for your great idea.
have you seen the other vid with lloyd and the other smart guy?
i forgot the other guy's name
love2make4 years ago
you dont have to buy a hole new small phone for the shoe do you coudnt you just use the phone in your poket so you just attach a head set in to the shoe
gardners (author)  love2make4 years ago

You are right that you can have the phone in your pocket. It just depends how authentic you want it to be, and whether you want the ringing to really come from the shoe. I have used it with the phone in my pocket on occasion, and most people can't tell the ringing isn't coming from the shoe.

Foaly75 years ago
Anybody know a cell phone with an external antenna that you can have a different ringtone and still be on bluetooth?
gardners (author)  Foaly75 years ago
Depending on how you make your shoe phone, you may find that a phone with internal antenna will be okay.  It really will be a case of try it and see.  I'd try something like a Sony z310i for a small clam-shell phone that has a classic phone ring built in, and definately still uses it when connected via bluetooth.  I use a z310i in my pocket with the shoe phone when I can't be bothered pulling the sim out and putting it in the Motorola v620 in the other shoe.
Foaly7 gardners5 years ago
That helps. Now I just need a pair of nicer shoes...
joey25426676 years ago
alright! you got in the magazine popular science!!!
gardners (author)  joey25426676 years ago
Oooh. I'll have to check it out. Do you have a URL? Paul.
no. I have the magazine but can't find the article online
What month/page? I'll scan it.
gardners (author)  Gamernotnerd6 years ago
Thanks. It appeared on page 69 in the August 2009 issue of Popular Science. Paul.
Got it.
Dr.Hax6 years ago
Good luck explaining that one when you forget and wear them to the airport...
gardners (author)  Dr.Hax6 years ago
he he :) If I get the chance I intend to make a planned visit to an airport to see what the response would be. Of course I will liaise with the airport security first, so that I don't get into trouble. Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen.
Gjdj3 gardners6 years ago
Haha, just be careful. I'm sure you're familiar with this story.
gardners (author)  Gjdj36 years ago
Hi again, Well, here I am in San Francisco after wearing the shoe phone all the way from Adelaide, Australia via Sydney, Australia on the planes. Apart from some friendly interest by the airport security people, it was without incident. So it turns you can fly with it; but it is a good idea to tell airport security first. I'll upload the photo of me in a 747 with the shoe phone to my ear when I get the chance. Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen.
Gjdj3 gardners6 years ago
Nice! Haha, it sounds like the airport security might be more understanding now about electronics.
gardners (author)  Gjdj36 years ago
Well, it is an important issue, as personal electronics (which are often concealed by nature) become more common. <br/><br/>Anyway, here is the image of me on board a Boeing 747 with the shoe phone (turned off during flight, of course).<br/><br/>You can check out the full-size image image at <a rel="nofollow" href="http://realshoephone.com">http://realshoephone.com</a>.<br/>
i though that airport security x-rays shoes
gardners (author)  Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Hi Alex, They do X-Ray shoes, and the shoe phone did go through the X-Ray machines at Adelaide and Sydney International Airports without incident. You can see me talking with one of the security staff at Adelaide International Airport when I was randomly screened for explosives. Like most people, he was quite intrigued by the shoe phone, but saw no security issue. I wanted a photo of the shoes passing through the X-ray machine, but the air safety rules prohibit it. A few weeks before I flew, I visited the airport and spoke to their security chief to ensure that it would all be fine. They ran the shoes through the machine then to confirm that it was all okay. When I did fly, I didn't even pre-warn Sydney Airport. All I did was tell the X-ray operator that the shoes were shoe-phones. However, even knowing that it was within the air safety rules to fly wearing a shoe phone, I decided against wearing it on the way out of the USA, since I understand that the TSA in the US are a bit more jumpy. While I am sure it would have all sorted out fine, I didn't fancy being delayed for hours or days while it was resolved. Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen.
kittycat1236 years ago
are you sure it works? if dose it asome!!!!!
gardners (author)  kittycat1236 years ago

Of course it works :)

I have just finished presenting it at the IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Systems Applications Symposium in San Francisco (http://www.rtas.org).

Have a great day!

iSmack6 years ago
I saw you on the Today show! :D
advante6 years ago
WOW!!!! That's Perfect! But How if... -You are in floods Effect: Your phone get broken and maybe you cry cause of your phone. -You step in dirty places Effect: When you answer a call, you get dirty on your face, ear. -You step a disgusting thing (like you step on a poo) Effect: You get your phone dirty, and when someone's call you, you can't answer it cause of the smells. I'm Indonesian, so don't blame me about the grammar. I hate chinese I love america
Zorink6 years ago
Dang, now mine is going to look like a rip off. I got an old rotary phone and am working on putting it inside a shoe. The shoe will just stay on you desk and answer when you pick up the shoe. I've been busy with college though, so I'm not sure when it will get posted.
gardners (author)  Zorink6 years ago
I wouldn't worry about that. The more shoe phones, the better. Besides, I am interested to see how you do the rotary interface. Paul.
joey25426676 years ago
now you need a hold button so you can click your heels and it'll hold!
gardners (author)  joey25426676 years ago
I know :) I wanted to incorporate the hold button into this prototype, but I don't have any decent surface mount soldering facilities to add the leads onto the H500 circuit board. But be assured, speaker-shoe and hold buttons will be on the next one I make! Paul.
just make sure it gets pushed when you click your heels!
Wonderful!!! Brilliant. Well done!
dnny6 years ago
improvement idea. run those mic wires inside the shoe. They will break if you really want to walk around whit those shoes.
gardners (author)  dnny6 years ago
The image shows the shoe with the removable half-sole removed. The wires are protected when the sole is in place. If I made the shoe again now, I wouldn't even run the mic on wires like that, as it is more than sensitive enough if the mic stays in the heel (I have picked up conversations while walking around in the shoe!). Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen.
qdogg6 years ago
Point well taken, I'm glad you've considered that angle as well!