A graduate from Chingford has designed an insole for women with flat feet so they can wear heels comfortably

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Jez Dhillon designed the proto-type as her final year project at Brunel University Jez Dhillon designed the proto-type as her final year project at Brunel University

A recent graduate has designed an innovative solution for women with flat feet.

Industrial design graduate Jez Dhillon, 22, of Forest Side, Chingford, has developed a rubber-type insole for women so they can wear high heels comfortably, after suffering with the abnormality for years.

Flat feet or fallen arches is where the foot has no arches at all so women suffering with the common problem often struggle with wearing shoes with a heel.

The former Brunel University student and Heathcote School pupil spent eight months developing the accessory using 3D printing technology.

"I used to only be able to buy heels with a strap just to save my feet from falling out and it got immensely frustrating.

"What non-sufferers don’t realise is that those of us with flat feet find high heels almost impossible to wear comfortably, our feet simply slip out the back.

"I always thought it was quite uncommon and that I was alone in having this difficulty but I realised at university it is quite common and over a million cases are treated in the UK each year," said Ms Dhillon.

The pair of insoles exhibited last week at the Oxo Tower in London's South Bank, gave the public a sneak-preview of what could be a hugely successful fashion breakthrough for Ms Dhillon.

She added: "It is my intention to get these on the market but first I would need to carry out further material research and manufacturing processes so they are as economically friendly and time saving as possible.

"If the product can be successfully marketed for commercial use it could hugely benefit women all over the world who struggle with finding heeled shoes to wear to work or on a night out."

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:52pm Fri 20 Jun 14

jonny mash says...

Congratulations to this young entrepeneur. Her go-getting spirit is a great example for young people, shirley we'll see her soon on Dragon's Den or The Apprentice and Lord Alan Sugar will not be saying "you have been fired"
Congratulations to this young entrepeneur. Her go-getting spirit is a great example for young people, shirley we'll see her soon on Dragon's Den or The Apprentice and Lord Alan Sugar will not be saying "you have been fired" jonny mash
  • Score: -14

10:58pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

She is an inspiration and should be congratulated, this is a field hard to make an impression and is worthy of much merit, well done.
She is an inspiration and should be congratulated, this is a field hard to make an impression and is worthy of much merit, well done. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree