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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 20 2014 2:28 PM UTC +00:00
$87
pledged of $17,000pledged of $17,000 goal
7
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 20 2014 2:28 PM UTC +00:00

About

Wudz's are the answer to the age old problem of shoe laces, while some try to develop ways to eliminate the laces altogether, we here at Wudz's embrace their usefullness, we enjoy their appearance and understand the support and security that they can offer, where others can't. 

Wudz's is a simple, yet effective method of locking the laces in place at the desired tightness.  At this point the laces are sinched while leaving the ends of the laces free.  You can then choose to tie them as usual, for instance - this allows you to use Wudz's as a training tool in teaching your kids to tie their shoes without worring about the shoes being loose, or the laces being a trip hazard when they are unable to tie them correctly.  Later, once they know how to tie their shoes, they can then decide not to tie them anymore......with Wudz's, you can keep the bow and simply cross the laces towards the end and then place into the Wudz clip, and then snap it closed, or you can get rid of the bow, trim the laces and use Wudz ends(available at a later time) and simply adjust the Wudz up and down to tighten or loosen. (see video below)

How To Instructions
How To Instructions

 How To Video

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 The Process

Initial production test run order to be scrapped.
Initial production test run order to be scrapped.
charm 'twist and lock' connection study model
charm 'twist and lock' connection study model

 -Back to the drawing board-

 A list of currently available charm styles will be provided for each backer, this list may change throughout the progression of the campaign.

Our CAD designer - David Chmelecki
Our CAD designer - David Chmelecki

My inspiration

 My amazing girls!  My lovely wife Krystal, my oldest Mckenna(Kenna Girl), the middle child Kalyn(Kalyn Bugs), and the little one is Payton(Pay-Pay) - taking suggestions on the name for the one "in the oven", and yes, another girl(so far Riley is at the top of the list). They have given me so much joy over the years, and Wudz's was created with them in mind.  There are certain situations as a parent that make you wonder why something so simple can cause so much stress.  One of those things in our household was tying shoes, not the learning of mind you, that was actually pretty easy with my girls, but rather after they had learned, keeping them tied, waiting for what seemed to be forever for them to tie them when we were running late somewhere, watching them walk around with them untied and constantly telling them to tie them.  Wudz's was created to offer a fun and convienent way to eliminate the unecessary stress that can be caused by shoe laces while continuing their tradition and improving their effectiveness. At Wudzs, we believe "The better the support for our feet the more active we will be."

Where Your Money Goes

Funds from this campaign will go directly to mould and production costs, packaging, quality control, delivery, web presence developement, and any unforseen complications that may otherwise prevent us from holding to our delivery deadlines.

Production and fulfillment plan

Production of the all three pieces of the Wudz clip along with the charms will be provided by Jiaxing Group Co., Ltd.  We have worked with this manufacturer on our production test models and are confident that they can deliver on promised deadlines.  Along with the ability to co-design and adjust to mould developement, they also hold an extensive list of thousands of charms, in house.  This makes them the ideal manufacturer for our product that also incorporates these same charms, giving us a leg up on fulfillment.  With a sample model and measured CAD diagrams already in their possesion, our manufacturer is just waiting the funds to go forward with manufacturing.  As soon as we have reached our intial goal, whether or not the campaign is over, we will secure those funds through an outside source, if necessary, and move immediately towards manufacturing.  We are experienced in the timetable for delivery once an order is placed and are confident that we will be able to fulfill all Wudz orders withing 45 days of campaign end. 

We have also secured a partner for manufacturing of the clothing rewards.  The T-shirts and hoodies will be made by a local company, whom we have also worked with previously.  Our long time relationship with the owners of this company will ensure any expedited manufacturing needs in order to hold to our delivery promise, and fulfill all orders by the end of May, 2014.

For the custom shoes we will be using a company that uses an artist to actually paint the shoes with a unique design incorporating our logo.  These will be truley one of a kind pieces and extra time for production is needed here, we will have a turnaround of 1-3 weeks per pair to get back to us and will be at a high cost, but we believe it will be worth it.  We have extended our estimated delivery time for this reward to Jun, 2014 due to the custom nature of this item, but we are confident that we can deliver as promised.

For the ultimate reward of being able to design your own unique Wudz charm to be put into circulation, you will work closely with myself on your design.  I will be with you every step of the way to ensure that is comes out exactly as you invisioned.  Just imagine, you or your kids will be able to point out something in the store that was designed by them.

Next Steps 

We have spent countless hours prototyping and developing working models of our product before seeking funding so that when we reached this step we could be certain that we could deliver on our promises.  The product is ready, the manufacturer in line, and our minds and efforts focused on delivering Wudzs to the world.  The only thing we still need to work on is packaging, and you of course, YOU are the most important part of our process!

We want to see Wudz's on everyones feet and we will have some stretch goals that will surely suprise you, but it all starts here....so check out all the incentives we have set up for our backers, give us your comments, share our story, join our adventure and help us become a success!

Rewards

Shipping Costs:

Shipping for all international orders outside of the USA are listed in the pledge categories.  You should include this amount in your kickstarter pledge by clicking the "manage your pledge" button that sits next to our video.

The average number of days for shipping may vary based upon origin and destination.  Also, please bare in mind any duty or taxes on import into your country will be your responsibility, so please be aware of those potential costs.

Returns:

We are focused on delivering a quality product and will be evaluating each item to be sent out during this campaign for quality control before shipping, but we understand mistakes can be made and we will do our absolute best to exchange any Wudz's or charms in good faith that you send back to us. Because our tight margins we will have to charge you for the freight cost of any returns.

And...If you think our intro video was bad, check out our first attempts below.

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Risks and challenges

To tackle this project we have assembled a great team of world-class design talent, and a great manufacturing relationship with our factory in China whom we have worked with in the past. After endless rounds of prototyping and testing we feel we have a world class product that we can't wait to get on your shoes.

While, as with anything, there can be surprises we feel confident we can deliver this product on schedule, the moulds are ready to be produced and the charms are ready for shipping. In the lead up to delivery we will do our absolute best to respond to all of your enquiries as promptly as possible, keep you up to date on our progress, and work as hard as we can to get you your Wudz's as soon as possible. I will personally be answering all email inquiries daily!

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    We are a fan of yours too! Thanks for helping get Wudz started. We would like to show our thanks by sending you updates via email on how we are doing and when Wudz will be available for purchase. We would also like to put your name and where you are from on our Wall of Fame page. Thanks again for your support!

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    Wudz Wonders! Your donation qualifies you for an early bird offer. Be the first to purchase a Wudz and get 50% off the retail price and select one extra charm set!! Plus you will receive email updates on what is happening with Wudz and be put on our Wall of Fame page.

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    You are a “Foot” ahead! Not only do you qualify for an Early Bird Special but you get to pick TWO extra charm sets! You will also get email updates and be honored on our Wall of Fame page.

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    Thanks are in order! Not only will you be put on our Wall of Fame page and get email updates. You get a complete Wudz set plus TWO extra charms!

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    Wudzified!!! You are awesome! Thanks for supporting Wudz. You get a black set of Wudz’s AND a white set of Wudz’s AND 4 extra charms. Limited donation slots available here, better not drag your “feet“. Don’t forget you will also get email updates and a spot on our Wall of Fame page.

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    Wudzified!!! You are awesome! Thanks for supporting Wudz. You get a black set of Wudz’s AND a white set of Wudz’s AND 4 extra charms. A double blast of "Wudz Power" to tame that lace monster! You will also get email updates and a spot on our Wall of Fame page.

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    Exclusivity! Get everything listed so far(a black set of Wudz’s, a white set of Wudz’s and 4 extra charms) PLUS you will be among the first to acquire a limited edition Wudz charm!

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    A Special Thanks! We will give you everything in the previous section - Plus you will receive another exclusive, a limited edition Wudz T-shirt, + an invitation to our Wild Wild West Wudz AirSoft Launch Party, AND a limited edition Wudz case to put all your future Wudz charms in.

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    YOUR AWESOME, we mean it! Instead of a T-shirt…. We are giving you a LIMITED EDITION HOODY, sure to be a hit with the kids + everything else listed in the $100 group. Oh,Yeah, AND we're going to eat the shipping costs, too!

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    THE GRAND CLUB. You’ve made our day! Get it all and some kicks, too!! That’s right, an extremely limited quantity of specially designed Wudz SHOES will accompany your list of items, placed on a plaque and signed by the creator! Shipping costs, what shipping costs, we'll take care of that.

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    THEY BROKE THE MOULD WHEN THEY MADE YOU! Now you get to make your own custom designed Wudz charm - to be put into circulation! ! ! + all the other stuff, from the "grand club".

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