Palo Alto, California -- A comfortable stiletto design has been created using thermoplastic polyurethane, according to its developer Thesis.
The company enrolled former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman to pinpoint and tackle the engineering fault that makes high heels inherently painful to wear.
Reisman’s colleague at aviation and aerospace company SpaceX, aerospace engineer Hans Koenigsmann, worked alongside foot and ankle surgeon Andy Goldberg to solve the problem.
Matt Thomas, who previously engineered ballistic-grade eyewear for the military, developed a glass fibre composite shank for the shoe, eliminating the metal traditionally used.
“It’s as strong as steel in certain areas but half the weight overall. The materials also let us change the distribution load for how the foot sits in the high heel,” said Thomas, who is also director of mechanical design at local virtual reality wearable tech company Oculus.
Thesis’ TPU encased innovation is ready for production with Thesis expecting to make 1,500 pairs available at $925 each in 2015. The company is developing a range starting at $350, it said.
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