In Brief

Play the piano with your feet, or walk on water thanks to an interesting new take on footwear.

Yuri Suzuki has a long-standing relationship with sound, including a taxi that transforms city noise into music and a robot that scans drawings in place of musical notation, but now the designer has turned his attention to fashionable footwear. Leading a workshop called “Sound Of The Heels,” his aim was to redesign the traditional “click-clack” sound associated with high heels.

Suzuki worked with students from ECAL studying Media & Interaction Design and Industrial Design, including Cyrille Verdon, Renaud de Francesco, Marc Dubois, Aurélien Haslebacher to create a pair of heels that defy the norm. The resulting shoes can emit sounds as if the wearer was walking through gravel, water, and even an oversized piano.

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