alcaraz's boots can be rolled up to a fifth of their original size
alcaraz's boots can be rolled up to a fifth of their original size
jul 02, 2014

alcaraz's boots can be rolled up to a fifth of their original size

alcaraz’s boots can be rolled up to a fifth of their original size
all images courtesy of estel alcaraz



wellington boots are mid-calf to knee-high shoes that find their origins in wars of the 17th century. historically constructed out of leather, they served the function of protecting soldiers from receiving any wounds around their knees. over time, their design has changed in accordance with their user. in today’s society, the boots are commonly formed out of other materials such as rubber and polyvinyl chloride to shield wearers from wet, muddy, and snowy weather conditions. due to their size and surface area, they occupy a sufficient amount of closet space. this idea has led estel alcaraz to design ‘sardines,’ a pair of wellington boots that take up a fifth of their original size after being rolled up and placed into a compact bag.



video courtesy of estel alcaraz




what sparked the concept was a specific moment alcaraz remembers: one evening in february 2012, I got caught in the rain. by the time I got home, my clothes were soaking wet, even my socks. just as I arrived at home I saw a squashed water bottle. it was interesting to see how its volume was being reduced to one-fifth when the bottle was useless. in that moment, I wondered why my rain boots couldn’t reduce in size just like the water bottle.’

estel alcaraz sardines wellington boots
(left): the boot in its expanded form
(right): the boot rolled up




the shoes have been created with an understanding that their production would have environmental effects. as a result, they are made with a recyclable mono-material called thermoplastic polyurethane that allows them to be carried virtually anywhere. in order to be transported or stowed away, the ‘sardines’ are rolled up with a flexible strap minimizing their overall volume. a trifold product wrapper open on three sides explains the background of the project and shows the customizable colors and straps in which they are available.

estel alcaraz sardines wellington boots
the boots squash down to a fifth of their original size 

estel alcaraz sardines wellington boots
the boots are made of injection moulded thermoplastic polyurethane, a highly elastic, recyclable plastic. 

estel alcaraz sardines wellington boots
‘sardines’ are foldable rain boots which can be stowed away in only a fraction of the space 

estel alcaraz sardines wellington boots
a flexible strap maintains the rolled up structure of the boots

estel alcaraz sardines wellington boots
the boots in their packaging

estel alcaraz sardines wellington boots
a trifold shows the available boot colors

estel alcaraz sardines wellington boots
the flexible straps come in a variety of materials and colors

estel alcaraz sardines wellington boots
info-graphic of the customization options 



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