Awl & Sundry, a New York City based custom shoe brand is joining forces with professional football athletes and style connoisseurs, Nate Burleson, Rashad Jennings, Marcel Reece and Eric Weddle to create a one-of-a- kind collection of luxurious, affordable and handmade shoes for the everyday gentleman and beyond.
Through its partnership with the Africa Foundation, for every shoe purchased, Awl & Sundry together with Burleson, Jennings, Reece and Weddle will donate a pair of locally made shoes to students in Narok, County, Kenya, whom otherwise walk barefoot to school 5 miles and back. #dogoodlookgood
Sharp, stylish, and a little edgy, like any good wide receiver should be, Nate Burleson understands what it takes to move things forward. His wingtip boots personify that fundamental nature with their bold, high stature, thick outsole, and medallion toe that can upgrade any footwear collection. With The Nate on your feet, reaching the end zone is a foregone conclusion. Made of full-grain calf leather, The Nate is available in black, cognac, and dark brown. There is also a beautiful burgundy option that playfully combines the handsome textures of full- grain calf and pebble grain leather, automatically elevating any outfit. Nate Burleson is a former 11-year NFL wide receiver who has played for the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings. He is co-host of Emmy-nominated NFL Network’s Good Morning Football and will also co-host CBS’s NFL Today this fall.
Footwork is key to any running back, as Rashad Jennings has so aptly demonstrated in the NFL and as the reigning king of Dancing With The Stars. Naturally, The Shad, co-designed with his stylist Vesna Savcic, embodies the traction, control, and the slick confidence it takes to excel as a champion both on and off the field. These tassel loafers achieve precisely that. The Shad presents a sneaker-like outsole which provides traction for secure footing, a controlled design that doesn’t beg for approval, and the winning combination of suede with full-grain calf leather. The Shad is offered in black, navy, cognac, and burgundy. All with matching full-grain calf, and suede leather appointments. Rashad Jennings is a running back for the NFL, most recently having played for the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars. He is also the current reigning champion of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
Fullbacks, as Marcel Reece, are sturdy and diverse, having to wear many different hats during a game. His Chelsea boot, co-designed with his stylist Megan Averbuch, is no different. The structured design of The Marcel allows it to be worn without laces, straps or zippers. The thick tread provides a great Fall/Winter boot that is lightweight enough to transition into Spring/Summer. The modern lines are confident, providing a subtle statement. The Marcel is available in two full-grain leather options; cognac and grey patina. For a more textured appearance, there is a light brown suede or a black pebble grain leather option that can satisfy any shoe aficionado. Marcel Reece is an NFL fullback, having played for the Seattle Seahawks and Oaklands Raiders. He has also been selected to the Pro Bowl four times.
Eric Weddle's beard is to be envied, emanates strength, and he’s the last thing you see before your drive gets shut down. The Eric, co-designed with his stylist Jen Abrams, is no different. With this derby’s clean lines, powerful silhouette and sleek finish, you’ll be able to tackle whatever situation life throws your way. Failure is out of the question. The Eric is available with two full-grain calf leather options; black and dark brown, perfect for any formal occasion. If you are looking for a bit more texture, The Eric is also available in luscious grey suede and brown suede; an unparalleled compliment to any casual attire. Eric Weddle is an NFL safety for the Baltimore Ravens and prior to that played for the San Diego Chargers. He has been named to the Pro Bowl four times and has been honored as an All-Pro five times.
At the Saparingo Primary School in Narok County, Kenya, Africa, 90% of students have never worn shoes. Out of the 170 students, 153 students walk barefoot to school and back 10 miles each day. Basic needs such as shoes which we often take for granted are not even an option for so many. So why not do good while looking good? Given the philanthropic nature of Burleson, Jennings, Reece and Weddle and the strong desire of Awl & Sundry to give back as often as possible, for every shoe purchased from The Capsule Collection, a shoe will be donated to these beautiful students in such dire need. By working with a Kenyan shoemaker to manufacture the shoes to be donated to the students, we will also be helping support the local economy. A win win for everyone involved! #dogoodlookgood
Straight from the source to your doorstep! We don’t work with middlemen or crazy markups. We work with seasoned artisans to bring you the best quality at a price that makes it easy to add more than just one pair to your wardrobe. Direct to consumer at its finest.
Our promise to our backers is to offer the highest quality premium handmade shoes at the best possible price. All Awl & Sundry shoes are made using finest quality full grain European leather and are constructed using the infamous Italian Blake stitched process that allows for resoling.
Our commitment to all our backers is to be transparent in our communications and GUARANTEE the delivery of your pledged reward.
We are offering FREE SHIPPING across the 48 contiguous US States.
In case of an exchange, the backer will incur the shipping cost both ways as we are offering extremely low prices during the campaign and giving back to the community by offering a child in need a pair of kicks.
For International orders outside the US, please determine duties and taxes by contacting your respective local authorities.
Risks and challenges
This is our third Kickstarter campaign since our first one in February 2015, which raised more than $120,000 in combined funding with backers in more than 30 countries.
Awl & Sundry has learned an extraordinary amount of knowledge from our prior two Kickstarter campaigns, all of which is being applied to this campaign to provide the optimal experience to our existing and new backers.
The biggest challenge for most Kickstarter campaigns is timing and post campaign logistics. For this campaign, we have ensured that we are using the most effective tools to manage the complexity that comes with handmade products like ours. Also, we will regularly update our backers and keep them informed on the entire timeline: from production to delivery of their shoes. Transparency is key.
A few important points to note:
- International backers will be subject to local customs import duties and taxes. Import duties and taxes are not covered by Awl & Sundry
- While all of our products include a warranty against any manufacturer defects, it is not our policy to offer refunds or returns on items received as Kickstarter rewards, unless it is due to size. We will consider exchanges on a case-by-case basis.
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