KK Outlet, Hoxton, London, N1 6PB
Dominic Wilcox’s second GLOBAL FOOTPRINT commission NO PLACE LIKE HOME will be on view to the public as part of his Variations on Normal exhibition at the KK Outlet, Hoxton, London from the 14th September.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME are a pair of shoes that can navigate you home where ever you are, inspired by Dorothy’s shoes from the Wizard of Oz. After uploading your required destination to the shoes via a laptop and USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the heal, is activated by a heal click. It then communicates to the wearer via a ring of LED lights to point in the required direction. The right shoe has a progress bar of lights to show how close you are to the destination. You hear Dominic talk about the shoes here on Hoxton Radio.
Wilcox commissioned Northampton based bespoke shoe-maker Nicholas Cooper of Stamp Shoes to help create these unique prototype shoes.
Nicholas is among the last of a generation of shoemakers who trained at the old footwear college in Wellingborough. Learning from the hands of master craftsmen, he has continued to perfect his skills within the historic and world renowned boot and shoe industry of Northamptonshire where he went on to create Stamp Shoes.
The exhibition is part of this years London Design Festival, which is now enjoying its 10th anniversary.
KK Outlet is a multifunctional office in Hoxton Square, London, and combines a communications agency with a gallery and bookshop.