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Mike Forbes, 27, a classmate of Ms. Scott’s and then a junior, similarly focused on the city’s neediest cases, deciding to design the Ulterior Survival Bag, which transforms into a boot. (The bag’s rubber base becomes the sole of a shoe when turned inside out.) “I saw how many people in Detroit were suffering from frostbite and trench foot, and with a shortage of winter footwear it seemed the right product to try to design,” Mr. Forbes recalled.
“It is meant to provide the homeless with a better option than garbage bags, which they usually use to carry their stuff and cover their feet,” he said.
Mr. Forbes also runs a charitable T-shirt company, Anymile Clothing (a play off the Eight Mile thoroughfare in Detroit), which helps support local families facing hardship. By selling these shirts at concerts and music festivals, he hopes to finance more research and development to perfect his boot.
“Ulterior Survival Bag” Turns Into Pair of Boots for Detroit’s Homeless
Mike Forbes’s “Ulterior Survival Bag” is more than your average carryall. Designed for Detroit’s homeless population, the bag transforms into a pair of boots that protects against frostbite and other foot-related ailments in winter. Forbes is a graduate of the College for Creative Studies, where he took a class in design activism. (Stephen Schock, the professor, had a single instruction: design to fill a need.) Like his classmate Veronika Scott, who developed a sleeping bag that converts into a coat, Forbes chose to focus on the city’s 18,000 chronically destitute. “It is meant to provide the homeless with a better option than garbage bags, which they usually use to carry their stuff and cover their feet,” he told the New York Times.
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