Valentine’s Day is about love, happiness, laughter and other immaculate associations with sunshine and rainbows, but not everyone is on the proverbial cloud nine when it comes to relationships.
Design studio Bompas & Parr feels for unfortunate folks who’ve had to deal with the sadness that comes with the day of love, and to help with the salty schmaltz of the season, they have created anti-Valentine’s Day insoles which function as cathartic punching bags to support the closure of broken relationships.
Inspired by Ancient Egyptian culture, which saw people place symbols of their enemies on the soles of their shoes to metaphorically demean them, Bompas & Parr will print your exes’ faces on padded insoles.
Only 25 pairs will be made so those who are in dire need of this emotional inoculation will have to submit their heart-wrenching stories describing trauma in detail. Although there aren’t restrictions for language, we’re assuming that profanity should be key – because how else will you be able to pen down memories of an imbecile who ruined love?
Once you have that piece of prose sorted, email a high resolution digital image (of your ex) to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and shoe size – deadline: 8 February 2018.
Only entries which appeal to Bompas & Parr’s ‘angst team’ will have the opportunity to purchase the custom-made insoles.
For Valentine’s Day, We present the ultimate opportunity to get your own back on your ex, unrequited loves and the cruellest of heartbreakers and symbolically walk all over them. To sooth the twangs of broken heart-strings send us a photo that can be printed on comfortable padded insoles that you can then cut to fit your favourite pair of shoes at £10 a pair. Simply email a high resolution digital image to email@example.com with your contact details, shoe size and – most crucially – a short description of who broke your heart and the emotional trauma you have experienced, by 8th February. Our in-house angst team will assess each of the entries and pick the lucky buyers. #antivalentinesday #valentinesday #insole #soulmate #brokenheart #limitededition #valentinesgift #handcrafted #bespoke
The anti-Valentine’s Day insoles are going at £10 (S$19) per pair. For more information, visit the official Bompas & Parr website.
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