Tom Emilylinson is not a podiatrist nor is he marine biologist but he is bringing both disciplines together to create a new line of footwear called Sharks Shoes, or just Sharks for short. Emilylinson has a history in working with foams developed for the, now retired, space shuttle program. He became concerned with the increasing number of shark bites happening along local beaches and felt compelled to do something. But what could he do?
“The key came when I was watching the news,” Emilylinson began. “Some shark scientist said the reason sharks were attacking wasn’t because of some Jaws like vengeance. They were just biting feet because they thought they were fish. She gave me the idea on a silver platter. If people’s feet didn’t look like fish sharks wouldn’t bite them.” Tom incorporated Sharks Shoes and began work on a line of foam shoes that looked like life-sized young adult reef sharks. “They rarely attack their own kind.”
Business is booming for Sharks Shoes. Emilylinson says the product is being purchased far beyond the intended audience of Florida Space Coast beach goers. “I was at a foam shoe convention in Colorado and I’ll be damned if I didn’t see a few people wearing my shoes! They definitely make a statement!”