Valentine’s Day is all about love and happiness, which makes it that much harder a holiday for people who have just been dumped by their partners. Luckily, a design studio is giving scorned lovers a chance to cope with their breakup by symbolically walk all over them.
Created by the people at Bompas & Parr, the ‘Anti-Valentine’s Day Insoles’ present users with “the ultimate opportunity to get your own back on your ex, unrequited loves and the cruellest of heartbreakers and symbolically walk all over them.” All you have to do is send the design studio a photo of your ex-lover and they’ll print it on a pair of insoles that you can then cut to fit your shoes, so you can trample over their face every time you take a step. It’s supposed to be a cathartic way of moving on with your life.
Photo: Bompas & Parr
The idea of wearing insoles printed with the photo of someone who hurt you may sound a bit crazy, but it was actually inspired by ancient Egyptian culture, where it was believed that “the placement of a symbol of your enemy on the soles of your shoes represented a means to metaphorically subjugate and demean your enemy by literally treading them underfoot.”
Originally, Bompas & Parr set out to make only 25 pairs of their Anti-Valentine’s Day Insoles with the deadline for users to send photos of their ex’s set for February 8th, but apparently the feedback has been so positive that they extended the deadline to February 14 – that’s today, so hurry up – with the insoles to be delivered by the end of the month.
“By walking over the face of those who have wronged or upset you, these insoles offer a chance to redeem your own soul from the torture of the break-up, give yourself a psychological boost and ready yourself for the joy of your next relationship,” Bompass & Parr company director Harry Parr explains.
So if you’ve ever wanted to walk all over your ex-partner in the most non-violent way possible, you’ll have a hard time finding something better than these insoles.