Amidst the impending heatwaves, wildfires, and floods, Sruli Recht envisions what footwear could become as climate change continues to take effect on our world. The award-winning Icelandic artists wrestled with how to adapt human behavior to the new world. The result is a project titled "Damage: Shoes for a Post Traumatic Future."
The project includes three pairs of striking footwear that illustrate the future of wading through floods and enduring stifling heat. Designed to be sold as works of art, the shoes in Recht's project are available on NFT marketplaces. Prompted by the need to turn shoes into functional objects, the project includes the Venice_Heel, inspired by the city's devastating 2019 flood. The second is the Phase_Change concept shoe, which tackles temperature imbalances by cooling the body from the feet up. Finally, the Un-Balanced shoe helps the brain regulate balance with the illusion of instability.
Image Credit: Sruli Recht