“These boots were made for chalking.” What do you think of that? Go on, you can say that it’s genius. I know you’re thinking it. But if you need a little more persuading, allow me to elaborate. I have this great new idea for a product, the likes of which the market has never seen. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s a pair of boots with chalk stubs on the bottom, so you can create designs on the pavement as you walk. Genius, right? I know!
My wife did point out a slight glitch in the design, which is that the chalk goes everywhere with you, including on nice carpets and floorboards and the like. Maybe I can figure out a way to make the chalk retractable or something; I’m sure it’s not a deal breaker. She also asked if it wouldn’t perhaps be easier to do the chalking the traditional way, which would give you more motor control. But that takes all the fun out of it!
Trust me, these are going to sell really well. I’m all but ready to invest my savings in it, take out a patent, and ride this horse all the way to town. I just need to iron out a couple of design features.
First up, the boots need to be able to fit various kinds of foot support inserts, so I must take the prototype to my local orthotics clinic. Melbourne is going to love the chalking boots, I just know it, so I need to make sure as many people as possible will be able to enjoy them. I’m not sure it’ll be financially viable to work any kind of arch support into the boot itself, especially if I’m making the chalk retractable, so I want to be sure that people can at least modify the interior to suit their needs.
Secondly, I think the soles might need some tweaking. At the moment, the chalk sticks out directly from the underside, meaning the wearing is standing on four crumbly, nubby stubs, which I can’t deny seems a little precarious. I’m no foot expert, but this seems like a recipe for accidents to happen. I’m not sure how to get around this pitfall, though, seeing as it’s kind of central to the design. Any ideas?