About this project
Pakems are comfortable, lightweight, and packable shoes designed around the weekend warrior, devoted tailgater and everyday adventurer. Wherever life takes you, Pakems are designed to fit perfectly into your life so you can relax happily at the end of every adventure. For the skiers, bikers, hikers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts of the world, Pakems are the perfect way to reward your tired feet.
Life’s an adventure, take us with you!
You’re passionate about the outdoors the same way we’re passionate about your comfort. Since adventures happen year round, we developed different styles of Pakems for every adventure and every season. Perfect for beach dwellers, water sport enthusiasts and campers, our low-cut shoes come in two different styles, including a warm and insulated version or a breathable mesh style that’s perfect for summer adventures. The low-cut shoes can also double as slides - just step on the soft heel to slip on and off. For cooler months and days spent in the mountains, the mid boot and high boot models provide warmth and comfort for the recovery of tired feet. We like to call them “cool-weather flip flops.”
Starting at only 5 ounces a shoe, Pakems are engineered to be incredibly light, so that you can easily take them with you and pull them out at the exact moment you’re ready to kick back. Honestly, you won’t even notice that you’re wearing boots. Like we always say: play hard, relax happy.
With an extremely soft rip-stop upper area, Pakems basically pack down flat. The boots collapse from a 10.5-inch profile (highest boot) and 7.5-inch profile (mid-ankle boot) to a 2-inch profile, while the low shoe collapses to only 1.5 inches high.
Pakems are also the only packable shoes that come with a convenient crossbody carry bag with compression straps, so they can be worn on your back or easily stored in a suitcase, purse or backpack. Pakems also have a one-of-a-kind elastic cord on the heel, so they can collapse without the bag - yep, we thought of everything.
The new, mostly EVA outsole construction makes Pakems exceptionally comfortable. The cushioned insole not only gives your tired feet a much needed break, but helps your feet recover. The faux-fur lining from top to toe feels like a blanket for your feet. Honestly, what could be better than getting out of uncomfortable shoes and putting on a comfy pair of Pakems?
Everyone loves an adventure, no matter how big or small. Whether it’s commuting to work, walking the dog or hiking a 14,000 foot mountain, Pakems are for you. Plus, the convenient and easy-to-access pockets on the side of Pakems can hold keys, credit cards, cash and more, so you can leave your purse or wallet at home. Pakems also come in kid’s sizes, which are perfect for putting into a backpack on snowy school days.
Pakems come in a variety of colors and patterns to match your unique style. We have an award-winning, one-of-a-kind, color-your-own pair of Pakems that come with markers, so you can give your boots some personality. You can customize your Pakems with your favorite color, the colors of your favorite sports team or make them as vibrant as you want.
The original Pakems were introduced to the market a few years ago and quickly became a huge hit. We asked our customers what attributes they wanted in the new-generation Pakems. We are so excited about our new design because the ideas we received (along with a few we came up with on our own) make these new Pakems perfect for everyone. Some of the changes we made include making them waterproof, lighter (thanks EVA outsole), more comfortable and even more packable.
Our supporters love sharing how they use their Pakems. From the base of Mount Everest to Machu Picchu, our Pakems have traveled the world. No matter where you go, take Pakems with you, relax and be happy.
- Men's 8 - 13
- Women's 6 - 11
- Kid's 11 - 13, 1 - 5
Former employment lawyer turned mom-preneur, Julie is the fearless leader and founder of Pakems. Julie’s passion for Pakems is unprecedented and truly motivating. What stemmed from an experience atop a mountain with uncomfortable ski boots came the idea you see before you - a lightweight, packable solution that’s perfect for any adventure.
At Pakems, we believe in giving back and making a difference in the world. Our social awareness campaign is called “Step Into Your Intentions.” We believe real change starts with everyone’s personal intentions each and every day. If you begin your day with a positive intention, that positive energy will impact every interaction you have during your day.
Our founder, unfortunately, was bullied as a child, so Pakems wants to be part of the efforts to stomp out bullying. Our first intention is “be kind,” to serve as a reminder bullying should never be tolerated.
Be adventurous, comfortable and kind ...
We can’t thank you enough for checking out our project and helping us make Pakems a success.
We know not everyone will be able to support us with a pledge, so even if you can’t purchase a a pair of shoes, if you’re a supporter of Pakems, you can help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and anywhere else you can think of!
Risks and challenges
Just like any adventure or excursion, there are certain risks that can arise at any moment, including bears, rain and perhaps even shipping delays. Luckily for you, we’re confident in our ability to produce, and we’ve done it before, so we know the necessary steps it takes to create a well-developed product - we just need the right tools to make more. Don’t worry, we’re completely prepared from all angles to produce Pakems, as our team has and continues to grow. We have the man (and woman) power to make it happen, and if anything comes up along the way, you’ll be the first to know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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