Circuit-board shoes

Artist Steven Rodrig makes beautiful sculpture from printed circuit boards, including these smart little shoes.

PCB Creations (Thanks, Marilyn!)


  1. That’s it. That’s every pair of shoes in the place.

    That is, unless, you want to try the cruel shoes.

    1. That is awesome! Love the accent lighting. Is it sealed to prevent dust etc? It looks like a nightmare to clean.

      1. Thanks. It’s sealed pretty well but some dust gets in because it’s open on the bottom at the edges. It has glass on top and on the sides. Luckily the top comes right off so it’s no different that blowing out a PC every year or so. It’s designed kinda like a diorama so if I ever get tired of the boards I can replace them with something else. Not sure what that would be yet but ya never know.

    2. That is gorgeous!! How did the portable milling thing work? Did you call a company and they came out and did it for you? I wish I had thought of that when I had to remove a dead ash tree from my yard a few years back. That would have made some amazing lumber, probably with worm holes and all since the tree was quite ill. (I love worm holes in finish lumber.)

      Did you stain the black walnut at all or is that just a transparent finish?

      1. I didn’t use any stain on the wood. Only a rub-on poly to seal it. The dark parts really darken up when you finish and the light areas get lighter. Strange wood.

        The portable milling is an amazing story. I heard about these two guys who use a portable milling machine up in the Wisconsin woods but bring it down to Milwaukee once a year to catch some work locally and see family. They pulled this contraption (a steampunk classic) on a trailer behind a pickup and pulled it into the yard. I had the tree already down and cut into 8′ sections. They rolled each section onto the machine and the head guy (honesty he acted like a ship’s captain) sits in a chair that is attached to the huge band-saw blade and he powers the blade thru the tree as he moved along with it to get a good view of the cut. For each cut piece he would ask me what thickness I wanted depending where in the tree he was and what I wanted to do with that piece.

        I’ve build a queen-sized bed, a number of tables and 8ft bird cages with the wood. My last project with the wood is with the center piece of the tree that I had him cut a 2-1/2″ thick slab. I’m building (hopefully) two custom designed solid body guitars. I had to wait a few years to make sure the wood was dried out and not going to split… a common prob with black walnut. Here’s a few pics of the design. Wish me luck. It’s a first for me.

  2. That was so OMG!!!!! The first time i saw that shoe i thoght it was money.$$$$ HaHaHa!!! i love that shoe.

  3. I like the bows. The circuit boards are very symmetrically arranged. But they do look like the most painful pair of shoes ever made. That sharp inward angle on the uppers has gotta hurt the ankles.

    Oh, wait, I get it. They’re not shoes, they’re art.

  4. There’s a woman in Edmonton, AB who makes jewelry, notebooks, clocks and other nifty gadgets from old computer parts. She’s always at the Fringe Festival in the summer and I cannot resist her booth; last year I bought some awesome circuit board earrings. Love this stuff!

  5. A few years back, in Venice, I spotted some masquerade masks which used circuit boards and wires as decorations. Alas, I didn’t take any photos of them and when we tried to find the place again, it had gone.

    They looked decidedly Borgish.

  6. Interesting that the artist had to develop his own tools or repurpose existing ones to make these. I’m a bit of a hoarder of interesting-looking PCBs, and I’ve always wondered if there was a way they could be cut and shaped like this.

  7. would buy them if it had some LEDs.. which flashed according to the type of music played….

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