If you have ever had a problem getting a conversation started with someone, we suggest you try on a pair of invisible shoes. Basically what will happen is that people will come up to you to start a conversation. Since invisible shoes have not even made it into production yet, if you manage to get hold of a pair, they will certainly be unique.
The invisible shoes that have been displayed for the press so far are wedge ankle booties. Since the mirrors on them reflect the shoe’s surrounding area, the shoes camouflage themselves and thereby become invisible.
The mirrored booties are part of a line of concept shoes by Brazilian designer Andreia Chaves, who says that living in the very busy metropolis of Sao Paolo has inspired her to see order amidst chaos. Her footwear line includes a pair that looks like shredded paper, one with extended velcro straps, and one with small wooden cubes for heels, all guaranteed to make you stare and gaze in awe – or maybe just scratch your head.
As of writing, invisible shoes remain a design concept. How they are going to make this acceptable to other people other than really fashion forward fashionistas is a big question, and how the are going to make it comfortable to wear is an even bigger mystery. Perhaps the shoes are lined with fur and clouds and teddy bears, but judging from the top of the booties that we have seen, the insides just look like gaping, empty black holes.
In retail stores today, the closest we get to invisible shoes are clear shoes. While obviously not the same thing, they will have to do for now while we wait for Andreia Chaves to get her shoes into production. If you feel ready to start ridiculing this new fashion concept, keep in mind that many new fashion concepts started out the same way. Most great fashion concepts take some time getting used to, but after a while many turn out to be successes. It is too early to tell whether invisible shoes will be one of the latter.