mobile shelter pops out of a pair of sneakers
mobile shelter pops out of a pair of sneakers mobile shelter pops out of a pair of sneakers
jul 30, 2013

mobile shelter pops out of a pair of sneakers

a mobile shelter that pops-out of a pair of sneakers
all images courtesy of sibling



‘walking shelter’ is a mobile habitat that pops out of a pair of sneakers. conceived by design collective sibling, the sneakers accommodate a fully-functioning tent, stored compactly in integrated, netted pockets within the sides of the shoe. the shelter expands out from the back of the footwear and fits around the human body, forming a billowing capsule that encloses the user in tented material. the adapted habitat relies on the human frame as a supporting structure, an alternative to nomadic or urban living.



a full view of ‘walking shelter’, while still in sneaker form



the mobile shelter fits compactly in the back of the sneaker



pulling the mobile shelter from the back of the shoes



expanding the tent



the mobile shelter fits around the individual



opening the front part of the tent



the tented material fitted around a wearer



the walking mobile shelter zips open and closed

  • The ‘walking shelter’ – ‘Mobile habitat’ that ‘pops’ out of ones shoe?
    How about a colorful bag that wraps around your feet.

    Ron Smith says:
  • is that a Joke?¬_¬

    luisefe80 says:
  • it does not work as a shelter, better do a rain coat, or a bag

    bubble says:
  • Hm, without some sort of groundcloth your butt would get wet, and survivalists will tell you that getting wet is a shortcut to dying in cool or cold weather. Perhaps one shoe should have the upper part of the tent, and the other shoe should have a groundcloth/door section, and they zip together along the bottom and up around the door.

    Also be pretty hard to sleep sitting up, most people prefer to sleep lying down.

    Aruvqan says:
  • HeeHaw.. so cute. !

    DeeArr says:
  • Ground sheet?
    Sleeping mat?
    Can you stretch out in it?

    Weight on your shoes takes 4.7x to 6.4x more energy to move around than on your pack. Shelters weight from 0.5Kg now with groundsheet and long enough to stretch in.

    Yorkshire Geek says:
  • So, nothing new here. I’ve been my own tent pole since around the age of 13.

    Bugs says:
  • Hello! Why is everyone trying to read this project so literally? the designers look like architects i am sure they would realize the limitations of that they are doing, this is an idea project! they are cute and pushing the boundary! if all designers were limited to boring function where would we be!!

    Melanie says:
  • Sorry Melanie, but boring function being resolved with a good idea is the definition of good design.

    juliano says:
  • Ehh, no excuses, this is neither a shelter nor anything. If you say, can’t you take a joke??? the answer is NO, That is why the public perception of “architects” = people who are not very knowledgeable about what they are doing. Cute and pushing the boundary, is that what is a professional? Before you publish your project, make sure there is enough content.
    Call yourself an artist, experiementalist, joker, but not an architect please!

    Chanyatola says:
  • this post is categorized in “art” folks – not architecture or design. It’s not meant to be functional, it’s for giggles!

    megan says:
  • Megan you are right! this is a one off project, its not like they are trying to sell this to hikers! its an idea…
    it says on the webiste it was designed for a childrens charity

    Tessa says:
  • these are awesome!!!!!!

    julie says:
  • Well… It is adorable and for a good cause. But the penumbra effect of good design will take effect now. (I for one see about ten absolutely wonderful cosplay opportunities. On the techy side this is a stealth release system for one of those new mirror capes and on the not so ha, ha side…a fancy ghili suit…)

    Chris says:
  • This is fantastic and just what we need in Auckland ( or New Zealand generally)

    Bus Shelters are a waste of money, are these being manufactured yet? Some work required to cater to the commuter market and kids going to school, but the idea is sound.

    L SJ Herbert says:

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