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Last updated March 8, 2013

Kbeaners Sandals: A Curved Heel Design

A new and simple sandal design that reduces flip-flop tripping by thwarting heel misplacement.

Kbeaners Sandals: A Curved Heel Design

A new and simple sandal design that reduces flip-flop tripping by thwarting heel misplacement.

$664
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
23
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, March 8 2013 4:52 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 8, 2013

About

The product design problem we’re trying to solve with a new sandal design. When walking in flip-flop or thong sandals the back part of the sandal swings outward away from the heel but by the time we go to plant our heel the sandal hasn’t returned back to its original position causing the walker to step only partially on the edge of the sandal or miss it entirely occasionally resulting in trips or turned ankles. 

This problem tends to happen to those of us that walk a certain way or when we walk faster. Historically this problem has been solved by making the sandal more like shoes adding a heel strap to minimize the sandals movement. However this often can be uncomfortable due to the tightness of the strap. We’ve found a way to keep the comfort of flip-flops and solve the outward swinging of the sandal by curving the sandal to the shape of the foot. Normal flip-flop sandals are curved to match the front part of your foot but then just go straight at the arch. We’ve simply taken the back half of the sandal and curved it to the inside so that when the sandal swings outward the heel of the sandal only moves slightly. Now every time you step the sandal is there to catch your heel. 

We have created prototypes of this now patented design and have been testing it for over a year making sure it really solves the problem and is durable. For example, we found that during the first month that you are able to run in the sandals without having to grip with your toes but once the straps have been loosened that isn't the case. They've also been worn in sunny, rainy, and snowy conditions

We have also finally found a manufacturer in China willing to create a new die to cut this new shape. They made the prototypes we have been testing out. Unfortunately, they require a high number of units per size in order to allow us to bring this simple but effective design to your heels. This is why we need your help. The money raised will be used to manufacture the first line of KBeaners. The design will mirror the prototype in color and material. 

Prototype
Prototype

We’re asking for funds now so that we can have them to you by this next summer. In the future we hope to provide more options (color and materials) but first we need your help to know if you feel this new design and simple solution is worth creating. If you believe it is please donate, your heels will thank you for it.

Special thanks to my 11 year old for the video production.

Risks and challenges

One of the main risks associated with getting this product into your hands is the fact that it is being manufactured overseas (BTW, if anyone has any leads to US based manufacturer that would be willing to work with us please let us know). There is the possibility that the product could be delayed by customs or some other logistical issue.

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    One pair of your very own KBeaners Sandals in S, M, or L (Domestic shipping included. Add $10 for international).

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    One pair of your very own KBeaners Sandals in S, M, or L PLUS a KBeaners Karabiner (Domestic shipping included. Add $10 for international).

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    One pair of one our Limited Leather KBeaners prototype sandals

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