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|These Boots Were Made for Hanging Upside Down on the Tube|
- Designer aims to 'cheer up' commuters with gravity-defying footwear
BOOTS fitted with a special hook to let you hang upside down from Tube train hand-rails are one of Britainís entries at the prestigious Milan Furniture Fair 2007.
"I had been on a Tube train a while ago and thought how boring and similar journeys are," said designer Eelko Moorer.
"I like the idea of doing something that gives a person a sense of relief and can cheer up lives."
Though the boots aren't available in your high street shoe shop, they have been tried out for real, with the help of Moorer's girlfriend Alice Wolff (pictured).
"Some people were surprised, others liked it and others were appalled," said Moorer, whose other notable efforts include a bearskin-look rug made out of rubber and a 'bird man' chair that clips onto the outside of balconies.
Tube administrators can be included in the "appalled" group. "
"This is a dangerous and stupid act that could result in serious injury to not only the individual concerned but also other passengers," scolded a London Underground spokesperson.
Moorer was one of five young British designers to be showcased at Milan under the banner, Great Brits: Ingenious Therapies, at Paul Smith's European HQ.
"The opportunity to show in Milan provides an important kick-start to the careers of young product designers," said Smith.
More on Elkie Moorer here and on Britain at Milan here
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