August 28, 2013

Flow: The Israeli Shoe Designed For Diabetics

One of the most serious possible side-effects of diabetes is losing a limb. According to the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), “every 20 seconds, somewhere in the world, a limb is lost as a consequence of diabetes.”

A young Israeli designer named Lilach Steiner has come up with a shoe, inspired by horse hoofs, which may is designed to improve circulation.

You may not see the connection between a horse hoof and diabetes but Steiner did. Steiner, as part of her end of year project for the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, conceived a shoe that automatically tends to disrupted blood flow in the legs, a major issue for diabetics.