These are high intrinsic value insoles. That means that they are made from high value, high cost materials and are finely crafted here in Canada by people with a deep knowledge of orthotic solutions for feet.
We believe that Chenna Baree ortho-natural insoles should be on the shelves as an ethical alternative to plastic insoles being sold in many stores. The first step is, we need people to wear them and to provide honest feedback. That is where you come in. We need to know from early adopters like you if this project has longevity potential. If results are what we anticipate, we would like to start a small factory here to produce them. We need your support to make it happen. That's the straight honest truth.
- ethically made in Canada by us!
- 100% wool high quality felts, natural biodegradable rubber & jute
- proprietary orthotic mold based on years of experience
- highly breathable
- auto moldable - the more you wear them, the more they conform
- naturally anti-bacterial/anti-microbial (don't stink)
- warm in the winter
- cool in the summer, barefoot friendly
- full sizes for accurate fit
- completely biodegradable, no plastics added to the landfill
Come and stay
Fads come and go. Our intention is to create a product that will withstand the test of time and be here to stay. We want to be the go-to alternative to plastic based, off the shelf, orthotic insoles. And we want to be a whole lot better for your feet.
What this campaign means
Great results from this campaign will allow us to buy equipment and to build a dedicated production facility. Our technology is very scalable which means we can start off small and grow as demand increases. We want to start a small factory. Your support will help make that happen.
I have spent the better part of my working life as a foot specialist. I am a craftsman. I am a custom shoemaker and I have made thousands of custom insoles for people with foot problems. I have no interest in producing a gimmick. I want to make things with high intrinsic value and lasting design. In this pursuit, I wish to also make a contribution to the environment.
This project is inspired by my last Kickstarter project which was about the Chenna Baree Earth Conscious Shoes. My bottom line is that I want to make superior products that are as earth conscious as possible. These insoles are entirely made in Canada. Of course I would love to produce shoes in Canada, but that is another story.
For the shoes I paid a big premium for using real natural rubber which is entirely compost-able. I wanted to use natural fibre and plant based materials if possible. I became fascinated with rubber, and indeed it is a marvellous story and a far more important commodity than you might think. I wondered... would it be possible to use natural materials in a new way to replace all the plastic that insoles are typically made of? That question is what gave birth to these insoles.
All that reading about rubber paid off. My first trials exceeded my expectations and within a comparatively short time I had my prototypes and I had nailed down a process for making them. Here they are again:
About the felts
There are four different kinds of felt that are used. They are all very high end dense fibre felts. Each felt has its own properties. The top felt should be durable and also have a high lanolin content. It is the lanolin content of wool that gives it its anti-bacterial/anti-microbial properties. In other words they don't stink like plastic. The middle layer is more moldable, and the support layer is thin and firm.
You will choose from two different top felts: German Marino or Canadian Griege.
German Marino wools are colorful, light, soft and the most moldable. These felts are certified to have no harmful substances (OEKO-TEX® certified). They are slightly thinner than the Canadian Griege and are your only choice if you want the gorgeous colors.
Canadian Griege (un-dyed natural) is made from Canadian Wool. It is a high density hard wearing felt with a high lanolin content. It is exceptionally breathable. Though it takes longer to mold, it holds its shape well. In my opinion Canadian Griege is a superior longer lasting material.
Washing the insoles
Hand wash the insoles in luke warm water. If you want to sterilize them, hydrogen peroxide will do a great job of cleaning them without harming the felt.
All of these insoles will be made by hand the slow way, but we are in control. Following the closure of this campaign we will need 2 weeks to scale production. Production will begin on March 26 or earlier. Our initial production capacity is based on hand cutting and hand processing. Should we exceed our goals, we will purchase necessary tools to improve production capacity and prepare ourselves for wholesale orders. In any scenario we expect to be 12 weeks at the outside to shipping, and a few weeks on the inside. Early backers will be shipped first.
- Feb 12 - campaign opens
- Mar 12 - campaign finishes
- Mar 12 to March 25 - preparation for production
- Mar 26 - production begins
- Mar 26 onward - production and shipping on a first backed, first served, basis until all orders are compete
This project is launching very close to Valentines Day. We thought we would do something special. You can gift a pair to a sweetheart and we send them an e-card letting them know that someone who cares about them has supported this project with them in mind:) When you back the project we will message you with a link to a form where you can tell us which email to send the e-card to. Click here to see the card.
If you are local and want to pick up your insoles you still pay for shipping. But don't worry we will be having a special waffle breakfast just for you! You can even bring your family. We love the chance to meet our backers and share a bit of time.
A discussion about design
I have a lot to say when it comes to feet and insoles. I do not want to clutter this campaign with more information than you need. But I know that there are some people who always like to know more. Here is a link to a video in which I discuss and talk about my ideas about good design.
Got a question?
If anyone has any questions they would like me to answer, I am more than happy to do so. Send me a private message or post your question in Comments and I will do my best to give you a thoughtful response.
Risks and challenges
Because we are doing our own manufacturing, we have a high degree of control over what can go wrong. But in every project things can happen. A machine can break, someone can get sick, or there can be a problem with a supplier. So while we are very optimistic about our ability to ship according to our time line, a shipping delay may result from any of these factors. Other than a delay, I cannot foresee any reason why this project will not complete successfully. It is our policy to be honest and up-front with our backers. We will keep you posted on progress and about any obstacles we might face.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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