About this project
Step into innovation with us and become part of the Schuhleister story! We want you to be part of the discussion in transforming the shoe industry.
We will contact all of our backers at the end of the campaign with the details for scanning and shoes.
We are a B2B Startup that offers innovative solutions and products to startups, SME's and large shoe producers. This ONE TIME we want to offer our products to END CONSUMERS. Step into innovation, join our campaign and help us scale up!
We aim to work with entrepreneurs and SMEs who are looking to expand their shoe line and large producers that want to digitize and automatize their processes. Our solutions and products range from measuring shoes to delivering the final shoe.
We recently finished developing our business model, which has taken over 4 years. The task of assembling a shoe supply chian is complex, with a range of tasks from material procurement, production scheduling to operational development.
Our process beginnings with a 3D scanner, second digital editing, and third last production. After creating the last we send it to our production site to construct the shoe.
The 3D scanner we use has an optical laser scanning system. The scanner comes equipped with 4 lasers and 8 cameras that reconstruct a 3D model of your foot.
After Putting your Feet in the Scanner
We scan the whole foot including the sole using an anatomical landmark point system. The process takes less then 2 minutes.
The Last ID Contains your Precise Foot Measurements
Get scanned once and keep your last ID for life. The next time you need to purchase new shoes all you need to do is choose the style.
Printing the Last
We produce our lasts in house using 3D printers. We are also able to print individualized insoles and shoe trees. The know-how in this technology gives us endless possibilities in developing products around the foot.
We have the possibility of using the last multiple times or recycling it back into our system for reuse.
Transparency is Key to Sustainability
We control our entire supply chain thus we are able to be fully transparent. We purchase our outer leather from Italy, inner leather from Germany and laces and other accessories in France. We produce our shoes in Hungary and Portugal. Both countries are known for their shoe craftsmanship in traditional methods.
Through our fitting system we guarantee a 100% fit shoe. Our Shoemaker puts every pair of shoes through a thorough inspection process after production.
Why Invest in Individualized Shoes?
Your feet carry the entire weight of your body day in and day out. Many of us don’t think of this or the long term negative effects. We underestimate the importance of wearing a proper fit shoe until it’s too late and the damage has been done.
Sky is the Limit
3D Technology capabilities allow us to create products that we used to only imagine. Step into innovation with us and transform the shoe industry. We are searching for entrepreneurs, SME's and manufactures who are as passionate about the shoe industry as we are.
How this project came to life?
The Schuhleister project was founded by Timo Marks, Dominik Gräßle and Joshua Meskemper roughly four years ago. As a business consultant Timo, traveled to many countries on business trips. While on an assignment in Shanghai, China he discovered that purchasing customized shoes had a similar tendency around the world. Traditional shoe manufactures were either too expensive or took months to produce stylish shoes. As a shoe enthusiast, he noticed that there were many unique customized solutions in the shoe industry. On a busy schedule and a bit frustrated he was curious as to why were traditional shoe makers were still inefficient with so many technological advancements in the industry? This is when the ball for the Schuhleister started rolling. He teamed up with Dominik and Joshua as he began digging deeper into the shoe industry. One of the challenges they tackled was how to bring the price of traditional shoe production down, but still maintain the quality? Also how did large shoe producers such as Nike and Adidas operate? In this endeavor first, they broke down the traditional mass production supply chain, added digitization and automation features, which resulted in a transformational mass customization system. They ended up creating a bridge between traditional and mass shoe producers with a 1x unit industrial supply chain that was more flexible than that of mass producers and by adding 3D Technology more efficient than the traditional producers.
Why we are on Kickstarter?
Our goal of transforming the shoe industry has lead us to this exciting moment. Late last year we completed the last adjustments to our supply chain and began looking for partners and investors to scale up our business. A successful Kickstarter will give us the opportunity to invest in our 3D competence center. Along the way we want to meet passionate people from around the world to work with us.
For Customers beyond the European Borders
We want to give every customer the opportunity to try our measuring system, but as a startup company we are unable to travel beyond Europe because of the high traveling costs.
Our First Solution: We are working on a phone application that will allow backers to measure their feet from home.
Our Second Solution: We can offer customers standard size shoes.
Risks and challenges
This campaign has been carefully planned, however projects come with unknowns and challenges. We want our backers to become part of our community as we grow. So we will do the best to communicate with our supports throughout the entire Kickstarter campaign until the final delivery. We will use the Kickstarter channels and our Facebook account to send updates and news. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.
We want to reassure our backers that risk in delays to fulfilling our goal of delivering our shoes and other products is low because we control all of operations. We have our own employee on the manufacturing site during production.
Measuring and Fitting
The measuring process requires a joint effort so a delay on the backers end may cause a delay in the delivery of the product.
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