Nicholas Bennett designs flood-proof commuter suit for rising sea levels

First year Goldsmiths student Nicholas Bennett has created waterproof formal footwear for commuters, that can be subtly integrated into a suit and extended into waders to protect it from the floods that might become our daily reality due to climate change.

The project imagines a future where the effects of rising sea levels have become so inescapable, that solutions need to be integrated into our everyday products.

In this case, that involves waterproofing office-appropriate brogues by merging them with wellies and attaching fluorescent orange waders, that can either be concealed under suit trousers or furled up to groin height to keep them dry.

“The laces on the sides of the boots allow the wearer to pull the rubber inwards so the wellies don’t bulge out under the trousers,” Bennett told Dezeen. “For the shoes themselves, I cut the soles off a pair of old brogues and pulled the rest of the shoe over the top of the wellies.”

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