This project is directly inspired by the machine shop at Autodesk's Pier 9 workshop. A lot of the machinery here is supported on the ground by machine leveling mounts. These helps the machinery stay constantly level even if their legs or the floor is uneven.

I wondered to myself why this innovation had never been used for a piece of footwear before, at least not to my knowledge!

A shoe that enabled your feet to stay constantly level could also be an advantage in a city such as San Francisco that has a number of hills.

Maybe there is a good reason why these parts have never been employed on the soles of shoes before (sprained ankles?)...

Let's find out!

Step 1: The Theory

During group project day here at Pier 9 I began testing the level-mount theory by making a Geta inspired wooden sandal that included one level mount on each foot underneath the toe:


This used a heavy duty metal mount that had a quite a loose action and swivelled easily. I thought it would be more helpful to have a mount with a stiffer action so that it was easier to balance on. Also the metal was hard to attach a rubber grip to.

I found that you can buy mounts made from Acetal which a stiffer action and should be easier to add some grippy material to.

<p>Love the idea and inspiration!</p>
<p>A.K.A fakir shoes ;)</p>
<p>thats cool</p>
Exercise freaks will hate this idea! But good for you for trying a new thing. I applaud you. Will be interesting to hear your test results.
<p>I'm not convinced they are appropriate for running, or even a light jog for that matter...</p>
amusing! they do need to be adjusted with a wrench, though. No? like leveling a fridge, etc, Ya? not truly self leveling?
<p>Thanks! The mounts swivel so will level themselves to various angles. This is what I mean by self leveling- to the angle of terrain. You could use a wrench and change their individual height also.</p>
can the leveling bolts enter the area your foot is in? seems like that could be painful if you actually &quot;leveled&quot; the leveling pegs...<br><br>This is for sure out of the box design and looks nice to boot (pun intended) and I am interested in seeing new prototypes.
<p>Hi there, the bolts are fastened on the underside so that they cannot enter easily. So far I have wear tested them and no problems, however, I am looking to create a new version of the shoe that has a stiffer insole to eliminate any possibility of this happening.</p>

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