About this project
Introducing the world's first sneaker kit!
Want to make your own sneakers? Want to design your own sneakers? ONEDAY‘s are made just for you. It’s easy. Cut, Punch and Stitch. In just ONEDAY you will have your pair finished! Choose one style from the ‘4 in 1’ patterns or design your own. The patterns are designed to be easy adjustable, so you can remake them to be uniquely yours. We have things planned so you will have the kit in your mailbox before Christmas!
The ONEDAY Kit
ONEDAY is really about the perfect fusion of sole and upper. We selected a classic sole that can adapt to hundreds of different looks. From there we developed four base patterns that go from Super Low Tops to Super High Tops. These patterns are easily modified by the maker to create their own style. Three different types of kits provides everything from the bare basics to a Deluxe kit with 100% Vegetable Tanned Leather. Beyond that the shoes are made without shoe lasts, sewing machines or glue to make it simple and ecologically friendly.
The kits consist of the following items:
Soles. The soles are made from the material SBR Rubber which is known for good abrasion resistance and durability. We chose an european manufacturer to ensure the best quality and high environmental standards.
Patterns. The patterns has been tested on over 200 shoes at the workshops where ONEDAY’s were taught, so we are 100% sure it works for everyone.
Needles, Thread and other tools. We have made a lot of shoes and years of practice have led us to the perfect thread for wear and durability. The needle we provide makes the process easy as it fits the holes perfectly and is just the right size for shoe construction. Our more advanced kits include other tools held to the same tested rigor.
Insoles. The Full kits include comfortable ergonomic PU footbeds. Our Deluxe kit include eco-friendly cork footbeds make a high quality luxury sneaker.
Material. The basic kit is for the maker that already has their own material or who wants to choose/create their own. Our Full kit has PU-footbeds and leather in one of our four colors (black, cognac brown, nude and light-grey) included. The Deluxe version includes cork footbeds and 100% Vegetable Tanned Leather that will shape to your foot perfectly and ages beautifully as it suntans over time.
Making ONEDAY's is easy. Cut, Punch and Stitch. Like in the movie first you start by choosing one of the 4 styles and cut out the pattern in paper. Then trace the patterns to the leather and cut out the leather. Make holes in the soles and leather and start stiching the leather. Stitch the soles, lace 'em up and you just made your own sneakers!
Create your own pattern
It’s even more interesting to design it yourself and create your own pattern. Once our Kickstarter campaign is finished you can already download the patterns and the design template from our website and get started before your kit arrives! Here is an example on how to create your own pattern. Start by sketching on the design template. By comparing your lines to the base style it will be easy to adjust the base pattern into your own pattern.
This design roughly follows the line of lowest base design but has a one-piece upper, apart from the backpart strap. This means you start by cutting out the Super Low base pattern and then combine the three upper parts into one part. Here's how..
The result is something like this, made by Marijke van Geijn during one of the workshops..
Or go crazy and create something like this..
Picking your material
Sure, you can choose one of our leather options, but you can also search for another material like felt, micro-fibre, neoprene, elastics or Tyvek. Or recycle something. Have an old pair of jeans? Just reinforce it with some textile-glue and you are ready to go. Or how about a leather bag from a second hand store? Want to hand weave shoelaces? Great! Materials are everywhere. Just look around you. Want to lasercut your pattern at your local Fablab or maybe order leather from Ponoko? No problem. We will make laser cutting and etching templates available on our website so you can digitally fabricate your uppers as well.
Book a workshop
Lots of people already made ONEDAY's during one of our workshops. If you also want professional assistance on designing and making by ONEDAY you can choose to book a workshop at SLEM Footwear Innovation Center in Waalwijk with max. 10 people for €1.500. Or anywhere in the world for €2.000 excl. travel expenses. This could be the perfect company event!
We have set 3 stretch goals to unlock new designs, the black sole and 3 extra leather colors!
1st Stretch goal (€15.000): New designs AND the black sole.
Help us reach our funding goal and we will add three brand new base patterns to our kit via our website, including the one-piece top shown above.
Plus, We will add the option of the Black Sole.
2nd Stretch goal (€35.000): Three new leather colors.
If we can reach the minimum quantity we can order 3 more leather colors. Backers will be able to choose which colors will be added first: after this stretch goal we will send out a questionaire where backers can vote on which colors they want to unlock first.
ONEDAY started in 2011 as a one day workshop by footwear designer Roderick Pieters on how to design and make your own pair of sneakers. It was taught to primarily design students as part of their studies into footwear construction. But Roderick also taught to people without any experience on design or making at SLEM's Summer courses and events like ‘MoBA’ or Ecco's 'Hotshop'. Then in 2013 Roderick and interaction designer Troy Nachtigall met at SLEM, The Dutch footwear innovation center. There the idea to make ONEDAYs available to everyone was born. Together they put in countless hours testing patterns and trying to find sole manufacturers that would run small runs, which was very frustrating. That’s when they realised that Kickstarter could be the solution to make this happen.
We hope you are as excited as we are about making and designing your own sneakers. Please share it on your social media and help us to make it happen! #ONEDAY
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Check out our website www.oneday.shoes to find out more about us.
Risks and challenges
Because we are developing a Kit we don't see any difficult challenges. The only potential setback could be a big delay in the delivery of the soles meaning we can't make our Christmas deadline. After the campaign we will directly get the soles manufactured. This should give our supplier enough time to deliver. If we will have to face an unexpected big delay we just hope our backers will forgive us by adding a delayed Christmas present in the box. This probably won't be necessary and lots of people will walk on their ONEDAY's before 2016!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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