The Proverse: Particle board & caulk shoes
So, something of a month ago my tech class received an assignment. We were to design and construct a pair of shoes. Simple enough, except there were stipulations. They had to:
Not use tape
Not be made from old shoes
Not give the wearer blisters
Be made from junk found around the house
All easy enough, the only thing was, there was another stipulation:
They have to last for One kilometer
That's right. One kilometer, or for all the kids at home who don't use the metric system 3281 feet.
So, we got to designing. Most everyone decided to design a sandal type shoe. Bear in mind that it was winter, the DEAD of winter. Roughly 30 degrees every day. This didn't appeal to me because 1) I hate the cold and 2) I don't like sandals in the first place. So I in my infinite wisdom decided to take on a heavy burden (as I always do because I'm an idiot) and design a full blown shoe.
Originally they were SUPPOSED to be jack boots. I needed a new pair and imagine how I could gloat about having made my own shoes and throwing off the chains of the corporate tycoons. "Ha Ha!" I thought, "I will be the envy of my friends because I am BRILLIANT". However, as stated before I am an idiot.
They ended up instead of looking like Jack boots, looking like shoddily made off brand Converse all stars. Worse than payless but better than tying plastic bags around your feet. The upside is that they worked, I walked the kilometer no trouble at all (besides going up hills with no traction >.< ). They are fairly comfortable and pretty slick looking (for something made of caulk and particle board), although after one wear through the snow (after the initial walk) they aren't sticking together very well.
So without further ado, the pages that actually explain the shoe instead of this self-indulgent-live journal-style drivel