芯 SHIN / Shoehorn

design : Mikiya Kobayashi

There are already long free standing shoehorns with bases on the market, but with previous designs the base has a strong presence, and they are large in volume as well, making their presence at the entrance to the home too strong. In terms of functionality, we think that the base should be as compact as possible while satisfying its function as a shoehorn. In addition, if the shoehorn is at an angle when leaning against the base it takes up more space than necessary in the entrance.
With this shoehorn, by investigating how to limit the gap between the shoehorn and base as much as possible, we have made it stand almost vertically, while allowing the shoehorn to be inserted and removed smoothly. Although it is made of aluminum, the handle is made from pipe so that the user does not feel the weight, and the connection with the forged tip is made seamlessly.
Light-weight and able to be used without bending the knee, this shoehorn will eliminate one of the burdens of life for every type of user. At the same time it will keep the entrance your home looking beautiful.


iF DESIGN AWARD 2017(Germany)



JIDA Design Museum Selection vol.19, Selected Product (Japan)



Design Intelligence Award 2018 / TOP100 (China)

Good Design Award 2018(Japan)

芯 SHIN  / Shoehorn

IK16O-04 WH

IK16O-04 DGY
dark gray

IK16O-04 YE

IK16O-04 BW


all:w80 × d710 × h80mm / shoehorn:w32 × d700 × h16mm / stand:φ80 × h95mm
all:1,790g / shoehorn:190g / stand:1,600g
shoehorn:aluminum / stand:silicone

Photo by Yosuke Owashi

Mikiya Kobayashi

Born in Tokyo, 1981. Graduated from the Industrial Arts and Design Department of Musashino Art University in 2005. After working at an interior design office, established MIKIYA KOBAYASHI DESIGN.
He is widely engaged in design related to living space, including furniture, products, and interiors, and has worked on a number of projects with different companies both in Japan and overseas. He won the gold prize at the iF product design awards 2010 and is also the holder of a Red Dot and ADC awards. In 2011, he opened a shop named “TAIYOU-no-SHITA”. Founded MIKIYA KOBAYASHI INC. in 2012.