Satsuki Ohata’s Fondue Slippers are made by dipping one’s feet in colorful PVC and give the wearer the ultimate “wet paint look.” The plastic forms a cast around the foot and can be hardened with a hairdryer. Available in many bright colors, the shoes can be written on and personalized with other craft techniques. In their basic form, the shoes are suitable for indoor or outdoor use and can be washed by hand.

Reportedly, the shoes can withstand running, but, especially given the recent Vibram FiveFingers lawsuit, we wouldn’t recommend them for more than casual wear. Additionally, there are questions about the comfort and breathability of the thin plastic kicks. Nonetheless, we recommend that adventurous DIY and Blue Man Group fans give the Fondue Slippers a try.

Photography by by Shouta Kikuchi

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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