Walk this way
Weta Legs, US$900
Ever wanted to walk like an animal? Of course you have. And now you can thanks to Weta Legs, a unique digitigrade reverse leg stilt designed for costume performances. Previously reserved for commercial film and television projects, Weta Workshop is now making them available to the public. The legs represent the culmination of three years' work by US-born designer Kim Graham, who says they're lightweight, adaptable and comfortable for performers who don them for long periods of time. Or those with cash to spare and a hankering for a killer Halloween costume.
Just what is 'digitigrade'? Basically, it means 'walks on its toes'. We humans put our heels flat on the ground, but what we call the foot on an animal such as a dog is really just its toes. Its heel is therefore the next joint off the ground and looks like a knee bending backwards. With Weta Legs, you can imitate this way of walking.