About Julian Hakes
One late summer night I was in the studio, thinking about the design of shoes in general. I wondered why there was the need for a foot plate in high heels.When I look at a foot print in the sand it was clear to me that the main force goes to the heel and ball, even more so in a heeled shoe.
If you were to stand with your heel on a wooden block the foot naturally spans the gap to the floor. If the foot has its own inbuilt strength and support why duplicate this? You would not have a shirt with rigid arms between the elbows and the wrists.