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Fashion Meets Function with So iLL Original Footwear.  Let's Take Hold together.
Thank you for making this project the highest funded climbing Kickstarter campaign in history.
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High Performance Climbing Shoes Inspired by Retro Footwear

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     We had a vision from the very start. We believe that there needs to be a fashionable and functional alternative for climbing footwear. This is where our journey began, and has now surpassed what we thought was even possible. In the end, we created an authentic shoe line full of classic, distinctive qualities. Let’s Take Hold together.      

     Early in the process, we committed to blending fashion and function. The colors, style, and nostalgia of retro footwear drove our simple obsession. Pulling inspiration from vintage running shoes, retro soccer shoes, and bowling shoes, we slowly began turning these inspirational concepts into high performance climbing shoes. 

     We pioneered along-side an innovative designer from France and began to tackle the mountains ahead. Every part of each shoe has been meticulously designed. The external features of the shoes distinctively resemble the classic footwear that originally inspired us.  

     Our development process resulted in over 150 samples. Although a daunting and lengthy process, only extended by our fierce and stubborn determination to develop originality and a timeless aesthetic, not a single detail was overlooked.

     Between our ingenuity and final world-class samples, 1,095 days have passed. That is three years of defying the odds and building our vision. 36 months of creating a product that is stylish, unprecedented, and innovative.

     We want to build these shoes together, and offer you a deep discount as an early pioneer. We are not owned by a parent company or conglomerate.  We don't have big investors, and are completely independent. Yet, you have helped make us identifiable in the world of climbing, for which we are incredibly grateful. We are excited to bring you a future of innovative grips, clothing, and footwear. Thank you and enjoy.

      In our pursuit for a rubber that exceeded the standard, we discovered one formulated for the United States Navy Seals. The rubber was built for a purpose. This outsole rubber provided security for the Navy Seals, assuring that their feet would not slip during rugged approaches.

     We signed a licensing agreement, and began to incorporate the innovative rubber into our shoes. This tenacious rand and outsole rubber is called “Dark Matter", and is a member of the "UnParallel Rubber" family. Its signature is denoted with a simple line placed on the bottom of each shoe.

     Our functional colored outsole rubber is the first of it’s kind, ever. Several models are the only climbing shoes, ever created, devoid of the monotonous black outsole. The creation of both a sticky and colored outsole rubber provides a perfect combination of fashion, function, and performance.

     Inspired by a retro running shoe, the Runner embodies simple aspects of classic footwear while retaining the functionality of a high-performance climbing shoe. A medium stiffness, highly downturned toe provides precision in technical or steep overhung climbing. The fish-hook, thin midsole helps edging power for gym and outdoor climbing.

     The padded tongue, breathable mesh upper, and thin lining offers comfort and reliability. Crafted with synthetic materials to create a long lasting fit (minimal stretch) and three point velcro closure system, the Runner is a supreme climbing shoe blending fashion and function.

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     Inspired by a retro running shoe, the Runner embodies simple aspects of classic footwear while retaining the functionality of a high-performance climbing shoe. A medium stiffness highly downturned toe provides precision in technical or steep overhung climbing. The fish-hook, thin midsole helps edging power for gym and outdoor climbing.

     The padded tongue, breathable mesh upper, and thin lining offers comfort and reliability. Crafted with synthetic materials to create a long lasting fit (minimal stretch) and three point velcro closure system, the Runner is a supreme climbing shoe blending fashion and function. The LV (Low Volume) version is for a narrower, thinner foot.

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     Inspired by everyday classic footwear, the Street is a faultless blend of fashion and function. The softest and most downturned aggressive shoe in the line was designed with synthetic materials for minimal stretch. An ultra thin midsole proves a softer, more sensitive feel, creating an extremely lightweight, aggressive climbing shoe.

     The Street is fully sealed in a formidable matte black finish and equipped with a thin, padded tongue. The toe box has been masterfully crafted to allow for a higher level of comfort and works conjunctively with the perfect amount of tension in the heel. The larger matte black buckles give the tightening system power and sensitivity to mold the soft shoe to your foot.

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     Designed to resemble a retro 70’s bowling shoe, the Bowler mimics similar characteristics in style. Adorned in vintage details, the Bowler is an original climbing shoe intended for beginners with a less aggressive, classic shape. Produced with a supremely thick midsole for durability, ultra thick rand, and leather upper for extreme comfort, the Bowler is something cool for beginner climbers.        

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     Modeled after a 1970’s retro soccer shoe, the Kick is a uniquely crafted climbing shoe. A perfect companion for intermediate climbers, the shape is slightly arched and perfectly tensioned in the heel. Developed with comfort and function in mind, the medium stiffness midsole helps enable the shoe retain its clean shape.

     The Kick is dyed leather with custom colors, soaking them in rich tones creates an unprecedented original shoe. Perfect for bouldering, gym training, and outdoor climbing, the Kick blurs the lines between comfort and performance. The Kick boasts a simple, single strap, velcro closure system for quick on and off capabilities.

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     Modeled after a 1970’s retro soccer shoe, the Kick is a uniquely crafted climbing shoe. A perfect companion for intermediate climbers, the shape is slightly arched and perfectly tensioned in the heel. Developed with comfort and function in mind, the medium stiffness midsole helps enable the shoe retain its clean shape.

     The Kick is dyed leather with custom colors, soaking them in rich tones creates an unprecedented original shoe. Perfect for bouldering, gym training, and outdoor climbing, the Kick blurs the lines between comfort and performance. The Kick boasts a simple, single strap, velcro closure system for quick on and off capabilities. The LV (Low Volume) version is for a narrower, thinner foot.

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Regular Volume: The sizing of So iLL Regular Volume shoes is simple. If you are a guy, start with your street shoe size. Then, we suggest ordering a half size down for a comfortable fit and a full size down for a performance fit.

     If you are a lady ordering a Regular Volume shoe, take a size and a half off your street shoe to get the regular volume equivalent. Then downsize a half or full size depending on fit preference.

Low Volume (LV): Low Volume shoes are for anyone with a thinner, narrower foot. Because this is normally a characteristic of ladies, the sizing of Low Volume shoes are based on ladies’ sizes.

     If you are a lady, start with your street shoe size. Then, we suggest ordering a half size down for a comfortable fit and a full size down for a performance fit.

     If you are a guy ordering a Low Volume shoe, add a size and a half to your street shoe to get the low volume equivalent. Then, downsize a half or full size depending on fit preference.

Where does your rubber come from? "Dark Matter" rubber, a member of the "UnParallel Rubber" family, was developed for the United States Navy Seals. A sticky, colored outsole rubber for their approach shoes was needed. We use this same rubber for our climbing shoes. The first of its kind.

How many shoes are you able to produce? We are in this for the long haul and are committed to filling every pre order and orders for years to come.

What sizes do you offer? Regular Volume: 4-13 (includes half sizes) Low Volume: 4-11 (includes half sizes).

What if my shoes don’t fit? Simply call us to receive a return authorization number. Send the shoes back, and we will ship you a replacement in the correct size.

Do you ship internationally? Yes. If you are outside of the USA, please select the international support option.

Where will you be selling your shoes after Kickstarter? Early retailers listed above will be the first with product, please support them.

When is the estimated delivery date? We plan to ship all pre orders between June 1st and July 1st of this year from our warehouse in Saint Louis, MO.

Why do you need my support of this project? Initial orders for "Dark Matter" rubber and upper materials are extensive; we need your help to hit production minimums. Most importantly, we want to offer you an exclusive wholesale price to pick up the shoes as an early believer and supporter.

Risks and challenges

We have carefully thought through each phase of this process, however, we also acknowledge that every project comes with its own risks, challenges, and unknowns. We will communicate with our backers making sure they are the first to know if any delays arise. We are currently on a strict schedule.

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    Spend a day at So iLL HQ / Climb So iLL (for two people) with the ownership team in St. Louis, MO

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