The final stretch (goal)
We're so close to our stretch goal of $45,000! So we're hopeful we'll be adding another colorway to our list of rewards; the black/beige Powll.
And of course, thank you to every backer and supporter who has pushed us this far.
Can shoes be super-comfy, make your body happy, and still look amazing with any outfit?
Soon, yes. We call it true comfort, our design philosophy meaning wearers know they look good all day, and feel good for always.
It’s also about acting responsibly when it comes to the comfort of those who make our shoes, how we make our shoes, and the impacts to our planet when making products.
For the future. For always.
This is how we design.
We have 3 unisex models prepared for launch.
The Lons is a loafer-sneaker, for longwearing; easy dress-up or dress-down on the beach or at the pier.
The Powll is a mod desert boot, for air walking; on duty or dance. For a casual Saturday or a nice night out.
The Rbutus is an ultra-soft runner style, for supreme comfort; surprisingly appropriate for a fresh or formal look.
Each model comes in 2 unique colorways for the Kickstarter launch, with other colorways planned for a later retail debut.
And we've just added the black/brown Powll as a stretch goal option if we can hit $45,000!
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The SKYE Foam midsole is our ultra-soft, shock absorbing foam rubber base; our own patent pending design. The pillow-like EVA cushion compresses with every step and reforms back to full shape for seamlessly soft heel-to-toe movements.
The earth-side of the outsole (also known as the bottom) includes two carefully placed rubber traction pads on the heel and toe roll points, promising confident gripping on any surface.
And it’s super light. Like walking on air.
Our Impact + Rebound insole is double-edged for comfort and support. SKYE Impact is complete with built-in deep gel heel cup for natural impact absorption in the heel strike zone, for happy ankles. The mid-arch is crafted for smart responsive anatomical support, making for stress-free feet and euphoric legs.
SKYE Rebound is engineered with a springy gel for natural pronation control. And there’s an anti-stink layer to prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria.
Nose and knee gratitude aplenty.
Our patent-pending Loop-Lok means a snug laceless fit around your foot, inspired by Westcoast watersports like stand-up paddleboarding. The bungee cables loop and gently lock across the upper mid-foot, like a good hug.
And the stretch allows for a perfect a combination of a smooth slip-on and slick slip-off.
You never need to tie a knot.
The shape-fit upper material recipe gives true 4-way Stretch for a premium form-fit feeling. The breezy breathable fabric feels like air to the toes, while the microfiber structure retains strength and support in its grip.
Feet still think they’re naked.
We're excited to offer a lineup of our 3 styles and favorite colorways that got the best responses in our prototyping and development.
SKYE Early-bird Backers
The first 100 backers get a SKYE Early Bird price, paying up to $177 less than the price we plan to sell at retail. When you get more than one pair, you can choose between any of the styles and colorways on Kickstarter.
SKYE Exclusive Backers
All other backers get a Kickstarter Exclusive price, paying up to $132 less than at retail. As with Early Bird, you can choose from any of our Kickstarter styles or colorways.
SKYE Unique Backers
And we have an extra custom option for SKYE Unique Backers who love totally personalized shoes. In a personalized consultation with our designer, you will have the chance to pick colors and see test visuals before confirming what your look will be.
Stretch Goal Powll
We've just introduced our first stretch goal! If we can get to $45,000 pledged we'll add the black/brown Powll as part of the rewards models.
Selecting your SKYE shoes
When we reach our funding goal, all SKYE Early Bird and SKYE Exclusive Backers will get an online survey form to complete to select their style(s) and color(s). SKYE Unique Backers will be contacted by the SKYE Team to setup a remote consultation with our designer to custom-select the colorways for your pair of SKYE shoes.
And for all backers local to Vancouver, we will be refunding your shipping once the project has been funded.
Shoes available for SKYE Early Bird Backers and SKYE Exclusive Backers
$45,000 Stretch Goal Reward - Black/Brown Powll
Extras available for SKYE Unique Backers
For those that crave the most individually customized shoes, we have Kickstarter-only offer to select the color of the upper fabric(s), Loop-Lok laces, the heel loop, and a selection of black or white outsoles. Here are a few thought starters...
First of all, we love shoes.
And we’re mostly busy folks. Always travelling, working, bustling, and always on our feet. But we’re constantly left brokenhearted when our crazy little lifestyle doesn’t jive with our favorite pairs of shoes – great looks yet tired feet, sad knees, and stinky socks. We're begging for comfort!
We set out to make shoes that do comfort like we dreamed. A beautiful everyday shoe that pairs with every outfit (the mark of a true favorite), is built for real comfort and long, long wearing.
So, we’ve spent 18 months designing and redesigning, searching and testing materials, never sacrificing comfort, never sacrificing style, never at the expense of poor labor conditions, and never at the cost of our precious planet.
And. Here. We. Are.
With the success of this Kickstarter project, we'll have the funding to create shoe molds for all sizes, order materials, and meet the factory minimum quantities to place the order.
We're so close!
So comfy you feel like you never touch the ground.
Earth FriendWe experience real natural beauty every day; we're from the West Coast. And while we deliver comfort to the feet and happy bodies of our wearers everywhere, it’s important we do it making sure this stunning planet is looked after.
People to Please
From the designer’s desk, to the shipping room, to the factory floor, it will take a combination of important individuals, characters, men, women, machines, and other contributors to make up our unique flavour and DNA.
And the comfort of our extended team is as important when collaborating and creating as it is when our wearers are wearing, so, they’re all going to be wearing SKYE shoes. As we have to date, our commitment is to keep closely involved in our manufacturing practices and supply chain processes to ensure pride worldwide.
While this is our first endeavor with Kickstarter, we’re not completely new to bringing a product to market.
We’ve been coordinating manufacturing and developing footwear, accessories, and toys for a collective 30+ years. But this is our biggest and most exciting leap.
We have been working on the lineup of SKYE products for over 18 months, iterating dozens of rounds of product development, finding and working with the best vendors for the perfectly calibrated shoe, for true comfort.
Our first small run of samples has been a great success. We’re thrilled to be bringing this idea to Kickstarter, and getting beautiful, ultra-comfy pairs of shoes into the hands of all our backers.
Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Email ForAlways@SKYEfootwear.com if you want to chat.
Here's a quick look at where we've been to date, and where we go from here.
All shipping costs in the US and Canada* are a fixed additional cost depending on location.
*there will be no shipping for backers in Vancouver, BC. We'll refund you the shipping once the project has been funded.
We will ship internationally, using major carriers with tracking, so your new shoes gets to you safely and as affordably as possible.
For international backers, there can be import duties or taxes when your order arrives.
It’s important to us that your order and experience is excellently smooth and comfortable, so get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to update you on what we’ve uncovered for your region.
We’re only happy if you’re super-comfy and look amazing.
We’ll be sure to exchange your shoes so long as they are unworn outside, still have the tags attached, and you have the original receipt within 60 days of receiving the shoes.
Once our shoes are available for retail (a few months after backers receive the early-birds), you’ll need to purchase your correct size from us at retail, and we’ll refund the difference.
Email: MakeItComfy@SKYEfootwear.com and we’ll sort you out.
We are unbelievably grateful for your support in helping us reach our project goal, and in return we commit to your true comfort in SKYE Footwear.
If there’s a manufacturing issue with your shoes, no problem, we’ve got it covered. If it’s more of a preference thing, we’ll get you into another pair of SKYE Footwear better suited for you.
Risks and challenges
Every project has risks. But we’ve spent the last 18 months making preparations to mitigate and minimize that possibility.
We’ve spent months mapping out our timeline. Our manufacturing process can handle any size of order (fingers crossed for something on the larger side…).
Yes, we’re going back to the 18-month comment. We’ve quite literally gone through dozens of manufacturers’ capabilities and tested nearly one hundred pairs of shoes ourselves. We’ve overworn them, stretched them, twisted them, ripped them, swam in them, ran in them, hiked in them, and have found the magic balance. And if yours is an exception, we’ll make good on that right away.
We use big reliable shippers. With tracking numbers. And probably multiple GPSs. It’s good.
Our shoes have stretch, some nice comfy give. If we don’t connect on size, we’ll get you the right one.
Not Feeling It
This is part of the concession of an early-bird discounted reward. If you’re a bit concerned, send us an email with questions, or wait until our shoes are available at retail. But you’ll likely love them so much you’ll forget you’re even wearing shoes at all.
Please, don’t hesitate to contact us if there are any assurances we can provide on these topics.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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