Fly Me to the Moon, Shoes
updated 11/30/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/30/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST
Six inches high and shatterproof Moon Shoes are powered by an internal cat's cradle of rubber bands and can be attached to street shoes with Velcro strips. Explains Hart: "They're like having minitrampolines strapped to the bottom of your feet." Since his Moon units hit the market in late 1990, Hart's Vancouver-based company has sold around 220,000 pairs at $50 a pop. With the help of a recent tie-in with the Nickelodeon cable channel—the shoes are occasionally featured on some shows—he expects another 100,000 pairs to leap out of the stores by year's end. Hart's equally proud of another statistic—so far, he says, there have been no reports of injuries.
A father of six who let his nine grandchildren test prototypes for the Moon Shoe, Hart himself is ecstatic, if no longer airborne. "This is the most fun I've ever had making a living," he confesses. His one regret? "I wish I'd had a pair of these when I was a kid," he says. "I would have really made them look good."