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About this project

Problem:

Sacrificing comfort for style has always been seen as a necessary evil when designing the latest, trendiest shoes for women. This kind of compromise has existed for as long as our weakness for cute footwear, and it's a trade-off that is no longer required!.

While this sacrifice might have been the norm in the past, we see no reason fashion and style should continue to have such control over how our feet feel, torturing us for the sake of beauty.


Our Solution:

Our kickstarter project is brought to life by the need to inform women that they should never have to make the choice between comfort and fashion. We fuse the appeal of attractive but impractical shoes to a form that is supportive and designed to hug the contours of the foot. This is where our breakthrough takes flight, eliminating the failings of modern shoes, the designs that bind the wearer's delicate foot, and replace the notion of sacrifice for the latest, hottest pair of stylish shoes with the blending of carefully researched designs that exemplify the best of both worlds.

Click here to see our design strategy that makes us unique.

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$9 Reward - This lovely key chain comes in BLUE, BLACK, PINK and PURPLE.
$9 Reward - This lovely key chain comes in BLUE, BLACK, PINK and PURPLE.

 Please remember that funding is all or nothing - We thank you in advance for your support and for sharing this project to your friends and family.

 Can Stylish Shoes Really Be Comfortable?

Most people have given up on the idea that stylish shoes can be made comfortable because most of us have only ever worn the latest uncomfortable trend in shoes. If designing and producing comfortable heels was easy, every shoe manufacturer would do it. But it's not easy.

In fact, designing a fashionable shoe that incorporates comfort is very time consuming. It requires meticulous attention to detail. For example, the addition of thicker padding material on the insole of an open toe shoe can distort its overall look, making it look less appealing. Many companies neglect it therefore, because adding such feature increases production time and cost, causing product price to increase. Hence, the reason most shoe companies focus only on the overall appearance of their shoes.

Christina LK designs combine the ease of all-day wear in a casual shoe, with the glamour of today’s hottest shoe styles. We produced several prototypes, incorporating ergonomic design and comfort factor into boots, flats, and low, medium and high heels. The manufacturing process was tricky, but at last, we nailed it! We finally found the key to producing stylish shoes while maintaining a high level of comfort.

What we offer

Most fashionable shoes today pose the same problem: discomfort. This forces women to choose between looking great and feeling great. We want women to have the best of both worlds. Christina LK has successfully fused the sophistication of trendy footwear with the comfort of a tennis shoe. The goal of this Kickstarter project is to maintain style without sacrificing comfort.

This project is about more than a woman and her shoes. This project is also about boosting a woman’s confidence. It’s about encouraging women to express their personality through their personal style. Rather than settling for what is comfortable (but tacky) or what is available, our shoes satisfy the desire for a shoe that is both beautiful and functional.


No more putting compressed and displaced toes second to uncomfortable fashionable shoes. Stop subjecting a tortured instep to unnaturally arching shapes in order to promote a sexily shaped curve of ankle and foot. Choose against lack of support to the sole when accommodating the pitch and turn of shoes that are super-narrow and hostile to the health of the stride of the woman wearing them. These conditions can be gone forever by embracing the comfort and glamour of Christina LK Designs footwear.

 We have tested a wide range of prototypes and have selected the best group to test our product design features: the ballroom dancing community. Ballroom dancers apply considerable amount of pressure on the ball of the foot area for 2-6 hours causing pain and swelling on their foot.
 
To test the quality and functionality of our unique design features, I incorporated our ergonomic design and comfort factor when I designed my own ballroom dance shoes. After 3 months, and with great encouragement from other dancers, we designed and produced dance shoes which became a big hit for the ballroom dancing community due to the comfort level, support and the designs of our shoes. We interviewed two dancers regarding their experience with Christin LK dance shoes.

Respondents:

  • Samantha -  Samantha’s been wearing Christin LK shoes for 1 year.
  • Ivy - We asked her to product test one of our shoes while working (8PM - 1AM)

    Our product testing has been very successful. Now, we are ready to implement our ergonomic design and comfort features in our fashionable shoe designs.

Please check our rewards on the right for other reward options. Mix and match, name the shoe reward and so much more!

NAMING RULES: No obscene or racy names. We have the right to refuse any names we deem to be inappropriate. Should this occur, we will contact you to request the name be changed.

SHOE DESIGN RULES: No obscene or racy designs allowed. We have the right to refuse any submitted designs that are deemed inappropriate.

Designing for ourselves

My design experience stemmed from the desire for something different than what was offered in the shops I patronized. Growing up, my sister and I altered our clothing and shoes to fit our taste; our innovations drawing the compliments of others.

First shoe design challenge

When my sister was diagnosed with foot drop, our designing abilities were put to the test. The condition affected her ability to raise her foot or toes while walking. This problem dramatically changed the types of shoes she could wear. Now the desire for something different shifted to necessity. We needed to find a lightweight shoe with good ankle support, thick inner padding and a non-slip, traction sole. This type of shoe was all but non-existent. Each new pair of shoes presented the challenge of adapting them to her needs. At one point, we secured her sandals to her feet with clear bra straps. We’ve come a long way since then! Through years of altering and improving my sister’s shoes, I learned a great deal about how to design them.

First designs released to the market

In 2011, we produced our first 13 designs which were sold online and in some boutiques. The successful launch of our premiere designs inspired us to keep improving, focusing our design practice not only on fashion, but also on comfort.

Getting closer to our ultimate goal - To fuse the sophistication of stylish footwear with the comfort of a tennis shoe

In June 2012, I stumbled upon the art of salsa dancing and fell instantly in love with it. I purchased a pair of expensive dance shoes, but was disappointed in their level of comfort. I was told that traditional salsa shoes are supposed to be made with a thin toe so dancers can feel the floor, but I needed shoes with a well-padded insole, comfortable enough to keep me dancing for hours at a time.

I was confident that with some simple improvisations, I could create a better dancing shoe. This inspired me to design my own dance shoes. After three months of testing them, we released our first inventory of dance shoes which are sold online, in dancing equipment stores and dance studios. Designing dance shoes gave me all the knowledge I need to design stylish shoe with the comfort of a tennis shoe.

First PROTOTYPE in combining style, ergonomic design and comfort factor!

Finally, Our Successful Ergonomic Designs

Our designs combine the ease of all-day wear in a casual shoe, with the glamour of today’s hottest shoe styles. We produced several prototypes, incorporating ergonomic design and comfort factor into boots, flats, and low, medium and high heels. The manufacturing process was tricky, but at last, we nailed it! We finally found the key to producing stylish shoes while maintaining a high level of comfort.

Added feature!

Improved buckle closure allowing you to adjust the buckle once. The next time you wear your shoes, all you have to do is slide the strap in and you are good to go.No more buckling and unbuckling everytime you wear your shoes.
Improved buckle closure allowing you to adjust the buckle once. The next time you wear your shoes, all you have to do is slide the strap in and you are good to go.No more buckling and unbuckling everytime you wear your shoes.
We will only use high quality materials in our shoes.
We will only use high quality materials in our shoes.
Outsole: We will use rubber outsole in all our shoe designs for traction and wearability.
Outsole: We will use rubber outsole in all our shoe designs for traction and wearability.
Our shoe boxes and shoe bags.
Our shoe boxes and shoe bags.

Kickstarter funds will be used for the following:

• Purchase of materials and accessories, including packaging

• Production • Quality assurance inspection

• Freight: (Inventory Land and Ocean Shipment, national and international shipping to Kickstarter investors)

• Other import fees (Duty, Consumption Entry fee, ISF/Customs bond, Importer Security Filing fee, all other fees associated with custom clearance)

When we reach $25,000, we will buy the materials and start the shoe production. Please refer to our production time table at the FAQ page for more information.

At $35,000 and up - We will start the production of our other shoe designs allowing us to serve more women and provide more shoe style selection to everyone.

Invest in Christina LK! Then, help us spread the word about our project. Share our project with your friends, family and co-workers in every means possible (Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest).

Do you ship internationally?

What are the available sizes? 

Are your shoe size true to size and what widths do you offer?

Do you offer your shoes in different colors?

Where do I provide my sizing and shipping information?

Do you make men's shoes?

What if I was shipped the wrong size/ style?

I received a defective product. What should I do?

What's your delivery timeline?

We expect the shipment to be ready for shipment to our Kickstarter supporters in April 2014.

Please refer to our timeline below: Week 1 starts on January 8, 2014

Week 1: Raw material gathering and production set up.

Week 2-5: Production (1 month). This includes initial quality assurance inspection.

Week 6: Final quality assurance inspection and packaging. Export/ import paperwork processing.

Week 7-8: Ocean shipment (2 weeks).

Week 9-10: Custom clearance.

Week 11: Shipment to our warehouse.

Week 12 (1st week of April): Inventory management (assuming there is no delay during importation).

Week 13 (2nd week of April): Start shipping to awesome Kickstarter supporters.

Week 15-16 (End of April): Happy feet!

If this project is funded successfully, our future plan is to have our shoe designs available where women shop.

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Risks and challenges

We take production planning seriously, but some events may be out of our control. Including:

Materials and accessories:
Material (s) and accessory (accessories) used on the prototypes presented may not be available/may be discontinued during the production process. In this event, we will choose the best accessory /material replacement available to compliment the shoe design. Despite small changes, you will be ready to strut your shoes upon receipt of your Kickstarter shoes.

Export/Import:
We will follow import/ export regulations. All paperwork will be prepared ahead of time. Should a situation/delay arise, we will do our best to clear it up as soon as possible.

Custom Clearance:
Shipments are usually released by United States customs within two weeks. For the past 2 years, our shipments (air/ocean) have been released within two weeks without issues. We do not cut corners. Not only are we meticulous in our shoe designs, but we are also are sticklers for following import and export rules.

Shipping:
Shipping within the United States may be delayed beyond our control. Once your Kickstarter product ships out of our warehouse, we cannot control potential delays on the part of the shipping company.

International Shipping
Your Kickstarter product may be delayed due to the following reasons:
1. Customs clearance: We will fill out paperwork as accurately as possible.
2. Tariff Rates: The delivering courier may collect a tariff fee before they can release your shipment. This regulation varies from country to country.
3. Lost shipments: We have had bad experiences shipping to other countries. Some orders were lost during transit. Again, once your order ships out from our warehouse, it is out of our direct control. We strongly recommend insuring your shipment. To do so, please add $5 to your pledge.

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    The gift of sharing: Help bring happiness and joy to women's feet by sharing this Kickstarter project with your friends, family, coworkers and Facebook, Twitter, blog, Pinterest etc.

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    High heel key chain. We are offering this lovely key chain in BLUE, PINK, BLACK, and PURPLE.

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    A pair of shoes to pamper your feet :). To make it more fun, how about we surprise you with something you will surely like?

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    S3 - White Wedge Sandals:
    Heel Height: 3",
    Upper Material: Genuine Leather.
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    S4 - White Flats: Upper Material: Genuine leather. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S5 - Red Ankle Buckle Peep Toe: Heel Height: 3", Upper Material: Fabric, Closure: 1 ankle buckle and 1 side buckle, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S6 - Black T-Strap Peep Toe with Silver Lining: Heel Height: 3", Upper Material: Suede and manmade leather, Closure: Side buckle, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S7 - Black Peep Toe with Silver Lining: Heel Height: 3", Upper Material: Suede and manmade leather, Closure: Side buckle, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S8 - Stiletto - Black Double Buckled: Heel Height: 4", Upper Material: Genuine Leather, Closure: Side buckle, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S9 - Black Ankle Sandals: Heel Height: 4", Upper, Platform Height: 3/4" Material: Genuine Leather, Closure: Back zipper, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S10 - Black Pumps (X-strap). Heel Height: 3", Upper, Material: Genuine Leather, Closure: Side buckle, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S11 - Cream Winter Boots: Heel Height: Heel Height: 4", Upper, Platform Height: 3/4" Material: Suede, Closure: Slip on, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S12 - Black Ankle Boots with Buckle: Heel Height: 2", Upper, Material: Suede, Closure: Slip on, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S13 - Brown Ankle Boots: Heel Height: 4", Upper, Platform Height: 1/2" Material: Genuine Leather, Closure: Side zipper, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    S14 - Black Knee High Boots: Heel Height: 3", Upper, Material: Genuine Leather, Closure: Slip on, traction sole. To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $25 for shipping.

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    MIX and MATCH: Pick 5 styles of your choice (limit 3 for the Black Knee High Boots S14). To our Alaska and Hawaii supporters, please add $80 for shipping.

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    MIX and MATCH: Pick 5 styles of your choice. PLUS the chance to name one of the styles after your name or any name you want. (See naming rules for reference). FREE Shipping!

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    Your style, your design. Here's the chance to have your dream style made for you and 5 additional pairs of your design that you can give to your friends. FREE Shipping!

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