Sole Life – Self Initiated Project
SoleLife – Self Initiated Project – Designing around the memories people make with their shoes, and also elongating the lifespan of them so the user can wear them for longer.
SoleLife is inspired by two different areas surrounding footwear.
One being the emotional connection people have with their footwear and the sentimental value an individual holds with their shoes. A common theme that appeared frequently throughout my research was the emotional value a pair of shoes hold within the individual. With many people associating shoes with special memories, this makes it hard for individuals to part with their beloved shoes. This led me down a path exploring how one can celebrate these memories but also still make use of their old shoes regardless of how worn they are.
The other area is the environmental impact the footwear industry has on the planet, with a large amount of the worlds waste originating from the footwear industry. As I researched why people struggle to throw away old footwear, this led me to researching the life cycle of a standard pair of shoes and identifying the best place I could intervene. This was at the end of a shoes life, at the point where the users shoes are no longer of use to them, but they have such fond memories with them that they struggle to part ways, and if they do theytypically end up in a landfill.
Following my research in both of these areas surrounding footwear my response is SoleLife. A quarterly subscription service that celebrates the memories we make in our shoes, making the emotional connection between the user, their shoes and the ground tangible while also providing an option to elongate the life of their favourite shoes giving them more protection and a new splash of colour if the user desires.