The Walking-Shelter is perfect for a vision quest, walkabout, or epic bar crawl that demands collapsing of exhaustion at the end.

As part of a project to design a Choose Your Own Adventure Shoe, Australian architecture collective attached a tent to their entry.

"These are some pretty fly shoes," architect and Sibling co-founder Jane Caught explains.

"Maybe you find yourself outside in the hot sun; you can fashion a shading device."

"Perhaps you are lost in the shopping mall and need a private moment."

So far, designers have been able to fit three people into Sibling’s "mobile habitat."

"The shelter is rolled up and folded into the white netting pockets around the lower ankle of each sneaker, like a frill neck lizard."

"When unfolded, the two halves of the shelter zip together."

Caught says that the shoe is designed in such a way that the fabric won’t weigh you down as you’re running, dancing, or stumbling.

Keep scrolling to see the shoe as it unfolds.

Keep scrolling to see the shoe as it unfolds.

Keep scrolling to see the shoe as it unfolds.

Keep scrolling to see the shoe as it unfolds.

Keep scrolling to see the shoe as it unfolds.

Keep scrolling to see the shoe as it unfolds.

2013-08-06

These Sneakers Come With A Built-In Tent, For When You Need A Private Moment

The Walking-Shelter set of kicks means you’re never far from home, because home can be wherever you set up your shoe-tent.

Being human is hard. We’re squishy, lumbering, and sensitive. We don’t have claws or wings, and instead of arriving on this planet with houses on our backs like hermit crabs, we have to build them.

Australian architecture collective Sibling has designed a solution for this last problem. When Aussie clothing manufacturer Gorman asked 21 companies and artists to optimize a white canvas high-top sneaker for a line of “Choose Your Own Adventure Shoes,” Sibling, a collaboration among eight architect friends, made theirs with a built-in nylon and polyester shelter. The Walking-Shelter is perfect for a vision quest, walkabout, or epic bar crawl that demands collapsing of exhaustion at the end.

"These are some pretty fly shoes," architect and Sibling co-founder Jane Caught explains. "Maybe you find yourself outside in the hot sun; you can fashion a shading device. Perhaps you are lost in the shopping mall and need a private moment." While Caught did not expand on what that private moment might be, it’s easy to imagine the Walking-Shelter serving as your own "don’t touch me" bubble at a club, or even a communal space if friends decide to zip their shoes together. So far, designers have been able to fit three people into Sibling’s "mobile habitat."

Caught says that the shoe is designed in such a way that the fabric won’t weigh you down as you’re running, dancing, or stumbling. "The shelter is rolled up and folded into the white netting pockets around the lower ankle of each sneaker, like a frill neck lizard," Caught says. "When unfolded, the two halves of the shelter zip together."

One of the most direct applications of the shoes, however, will come from their sale. From auctioning off the “Choose Your Own Adventure” shoes online and selling the custom sneakers in its Melbourne store, Gorman is raising money for Little Seeds Big Trees, a kids’ art therapy school. Check out the rest of the designs here.

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  • scott05

    um. why wouldn't this be something you would carry in a back-pack? I think this is a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.

  • Private_Eyescream

    Uh huh.  SO you walk around in stupid baggy net shoes.
    Which turns into an Arab Garbage Bag for women.

    Some crazy white brain-dead liberal invented this.
    Because they love putting women in Arab Garbage Bags.

  • Sara Cornish

    I'm curious if these are biomimetic—what was the design inspiration?